Russia ‘Ready’ for New Comedy on Gay Activists’ 1970s Soviet Visit, Producer Says

Oscar-nominated Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has announced a new television series based on the real-life story of a group of LGBT activists who visited the Soviet Union on a mistaken invitation. The comedic series will portray the Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin (HAW) activists’ 1978 trip to Moscow after a high-ranking Soviet official mistook their gay liberation…

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Remembering Joseph Brodsky

For my generation of American Slavists, born in the 1940s, Joseph Brodsky’s appearance on our shores in 1972 was as startling as Nabokov’s. There was no hint of aristocratism or nostalgia for a lost Russia, of course, only this huge poetic gift, attested to by legendary Russian poets, and that stupendously idiotic court trial, at…

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A Singaporean Street Food Weekend

Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park is continuing its weekend gastronomic world tour with a stop in Singapore. This weekend’s set menu is Singaporean street food, but you don’t have to go outside to get it. It will be delivered to your apartment May 22-24. The set includes Popiah (something like spring rolls) with chicken, beef and…

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Tamara Eidelman on Zuleikha

Are you are still puzzled by the continuing war of words about the novel “Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes” by Guzel Yakhina (translated into English as “Zuleikha” by Lisa C.Hayden) and the series based on the novel that aired a few weeks ago? Here is someone to help you understand both the historical facts and the…

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Have a Middle Eastern Feast

Who ordered the Korean set menu from Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park last week? Raise your hands! Ours are up — we thought it was delicious, and it was also a party — a terrific break from cooking morning, noon and night or the usual delivery meals. So, this weekend — May 15-17 — we are…

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Springtime Blossoms Arrive in Moscow

After a historically warm, damp and grey winter, spring has finally arrived in Moscow, bringing a much-needed dose of sunshine and color back into our lives. The only problem? Most of the city’s residents are unable to enjoy the beautiful season due to the coronavirus lockdown. If you’re also stuck at home while the world…

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Commemorate May 9 in the Arts

Since all over the world people cannot go out to commemorate the end of the war today, cities, countries and organizations have organized a plethora of events online. Here are five events in Russian cultural life — or from Soviet cultural life — that celebrate, mourn, and commemorate the war years. Roman Vityuk Theater On…

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The True Meaning of Victory Day

Once when I was comparing Moscow and St. Petersburg in a column for this newspaper, I wrote that the Russian capital is not as easily understood or straightforward as its northern neighbor and needs a bit of explaining so that a visitor can accept it.  Victory Day celebrations in Russia also require some explanation. Seventy-five…

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In Photos: Soviet Wartime Memories

This year marks 10 years since the founding of Moscow’s Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography. It’s also the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II. To mark both anniversaries, the center, which curates Soviet and Russian 20th-century photography, is sharing photos from its collection that showcase military photography in the U.S.S.R. Here’s…

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Order in a Korean Dinner This Weekend

Expatniki and Muscovites! This is #quarantinecuisine and #quarantineculture tip for you. Our friends and neighbors at the Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park have begun to offer a weekend set menu for delivery. Last week it was Indian food. This week it’s Korean. Since the reviews have been raves, we wanted to share. The Korean street food…

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Enjoy Mozart and Shostakovich

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Watch ‘Amerikanki’ Online Tonight

This Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m. Moscow time (1:30 p.m. in New York, 5:30 p.m. in London) the Vozenesensky Cultural Center is hosting an online performance based on the book “Amerikanki” by Zoya Boguslavskaya. The book, which came out in 1991, was a compendium of Boguslavskaya’s essays and descriptions of meetings with a wide variety…

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Russia’s Hermitage Museum Calls for State Support as Coronavirus Craters Earnings

The head of Russia’s renowned Hermitage Museum said on Tuesday the government should ensure the survival of museums which are struggling during a coronavirus lockdown. Since the introduction of a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in mid-March, museums across Russia have gradually closed their doors to the public. President Vladimir Putin then declared April a…

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Quarantine Easter Egg Salad

Easter looms as I write this, and I’m wondering if the Russian Orthodox Church is going to embrace technology and hold massive Zoom sessions for the traditional blessing ritual. I will certainly miss the actual event, which draws photographers and foodies alike to it like moths to a searchlight. I love watching the faithful bring…

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Coronavirus Hits Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater

Dozens of employees at Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theater have tested positive for coronavirus and have been quarantined at home, the theater’s director Vladimir Urin said Monday. The 34 infected Bolshoi staffers were asymptomatic but were banned from working on a star-studded live concert in an empty theater that aired on state television Saturday, Urin said.…

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