Airbnb Checks Out of Russia

The San Francisco rental site Airbnb came to Russia in 2012. It promised to usher in the era of the sharing economy—replacing Soviet-era kommunalkas with hipster apartments. Less than 5 years later, it’s gone.

A Russian All-Righty

Лад is a nice little word. No one seems to know its origins, but it contains notions of order, harmony, and accord – all those good emotions and behaviors that make life not only livable, but peaceful.

An Earful of Russian

When I grow up — or retire, whichever comes first — I want to get a Ph.D. in linguistics by writing a dissertation on The Role of Body Parts in Russian Expressions. This week I’m all ears.

Ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev puts his villa in Bavarian Alps up for sale

Ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev puts his villa in Bavarian Alps up for sale – media

The three-storey mansion with 17 rooms, built in 1908, was bought by Gorbachev’s only daughter Irina Virganskaya in 2006, according to Tegernseerstimme newspaper Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has offered for sale his land plot and a mansion near Lake Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps, German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung has reported. The Gorbachevs bought the…

Kremlin to bake 100,000

Kremlin to bake 100,000 pancakes for Maslenitsa

The menu of the Kremlin canteens will include more than a dozen of Maslenitsa dishes Russian presidential administration’s catering staff will make 100,000 pancakes during Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, that began in Russia on Monday. The chefs will use traditional Russian recipes as well as their own ideas, the presidential administration’s spokeswoman Yelena Krylova told…