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20 Years of Attempting to Diversify the Russian Economy – Part I Posted by on May 27, 2020

Oil Pump jack

– We wanted to wean off oil dependency…                                                                – We wanted to do that, and we are gradually weaning off it, by the way. We are really…

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How Is Russia Supporting Its Citizens During The Global Pandemic Posted by on May 12, 2020

face masks in a wallet

Coronavirus has severely damaged the economies of many countries, and Russia is not an exception. Almost all areas of life are being affected by COVID-19. What is the Russian government doing to minimize the economic losses (экономи́ческие поте́ри) of its citizens? According to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Центра́льный банк Росси́йской Федера́ции), and…

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When “Yes No Maybe” Is A Complete Sentence Posted by on Apr 22, 2020

Decision Dice

Words or whole phrases, intonation, and stress are used to express confidence and uncertainty in speech. In the Russian language, as well as in other languages, there are formal and informal forms of expression. Let’s look at a few examples. Modal words Modal words (мода́льные слова́) in the Russian language is the category of words…

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Russians Who Still Live In The USSR Posted by on Apr 6, 2020

Brighton Beach

The USSR (СССР) collapsed in 1991. Republics of the USSR (Сою́зные Респу́блики) became independent (незави́симыми) Post-Soviet States. Each of them began finding their own way forward. By the beginning of the 2000s, there was no trace of the USSR on the Eurasian continent. But it did not disappear completely – it moved. Today, perhaps, the only place on the planet where…

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Passing the Baton on the Russian Blog and Maria’s Top Posts Posted by on Mar 31, 2020

woman walking away

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that I have written for it for the past 6 years, posting 356 articles. I’ve been honored to be a part of this blog and interact with our readers. As I step down to concentrate on other endeavors, I’d like to…

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An Unexpected Item Russians Stockpile Because of Coronavirus Posted by on Mar 26, 2020

sanitizer

We already covered the incipient COVID-19 outbreak on this blog last month, before anyone knew how badly the world would be affected. Now panic buying has reached Russia, too. While there is significant overlap with other countries in terms of sold-out items, there are some Russia-specific purchases. Hygiene and Protection Like in many places around…

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What You Need To Know To Navigate Russian Airports Posted by on Mar 11, 2020

plane

In case you need to fly into, out of, or through a Russian airport, there are some common phrases that will make navigating it much more comfortable. Of course, international airports (аэропо́рты) have announcements (объявле́ния) and signs (указа́тели) in English and in the flight origin/destination language, but you if you fly within Russia, these words…

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