People die or they leave’: Putin fails in promise to repopulate Russia


By: Theo MerzSun Even before the pandemic struck, Gorokhovets, a picturesque medieval church town some five hours’ drive from Moscow, was dying. As other businesses struggle, at least one sector is growing: the settlement recently saw the opening of its third funeral parlour. “People either die or they leave,” said Yulia Balandina, the manager ofContinue reading “People die or they leave’: Putin fails in promise to repopulate Russia”

Russia: Peat Fires Smolder in Siberia Despite Bone-Chilling Temperatures


Siberian peat fires have continued to burn after a year of record-setting wildfires in and around the Arctic Circle despite temperatures below minus 50 degrees Celsius, The Siberian Times reported. Footage showing smoke rising from the snow in January and November offers physical evidence of the “zombie fire” phenomenon, which describes summertime blazes that continue smoldering through theContinue reading “Russia: Peat Fires Smolder in Siberia Despite Bone-Chilling Temperatures”

Russia: Paddleboarding Festival Draws Thousands in Russia (Looks like Covid-19 Disaster on Water)


                                           RUSSIAN RIVERLAUNCH GALLERY (Getty) From TMZ Russia beat the U.S. into orbit in the ’60s, and might have thought they beat us in COVID-safe fun — but looking at these images of paddleboarders packedContinue reading “Russia: Paddleboarding Festival Draws Thousands in Russia (Looks like Covid-19 Disaster on Water)”

Coronavirus in Russia: Feb 2 to May 5 (The Latest News)


Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the coronavirus pandemic’s spread within its borders. Sergei Bobylev / TASS Moscow Times   As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 252,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 155,370 casesContinue reading “Coronavirus in Russia: Feb 2 to May 5 (The Latest News)”

Coronavirus Russia: Cases Jump to 840 has negative impact on Stock Market


     Russia has registered just three coronavirus-related deaths so far.Dmitry Rogulin / TASS Russia confirmed 182 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 840 and marking the largest one-day increase in cases so far. Russia’s officially reported numbers — which are still smaller than those in European countriesContinue reading “Coronavirus Russia: Cases Jump to 840 has negative impact on Stock Market”

russia WINNING


“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” (DT: 7/26/16) If Russia’s mission was to disrupt the United States and Europe they have succeeded. In response to a Washington Post report that the CIA had concludedContinue reading “russia WINNING”

Russia Destroys More Than 700 Tons of Food in Less Than 2 Months


Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in Belgorod region / Reuters A total of 738 tons of illegally imported food has been destroyed since the introduction of a decree in August ordering the disposal of banned Western imports, Russia’s agricultural watchdog said Monday. In an online statement, Rosselkhoznadzor said 676 tons of contraband agricultural produce had been confiscated and destroyed. Another 318 tons of products of animalContinue reading “Russia Destroys More Than 700 Tons of Food in Less Than 2 Months”

Russia Plans $3.6 Billion Food Stamp Program as Poverty Rises


State statistics agency Rosstat said in July that 22.9 million people — about 16 percent of the population — were below the poverty line at the end of March. Moscow Times The Russian government may spend 240 billion rubles ($3.6 billion) on a national food stamp program to support an estimated 15-16 million Russian citizens whose poverty has deepenedContinue reading “Russia Plans $3.6 Billion Food Stamp Program as Poverty Rises”

The Very Idea!


О́чень: very, really, incredibly Очень (very) is one of those handy little words you learn in Russian 101 and then use every day. Add it to any verb to jack up the intensity and emotion. For example: Я тебя люблю (I love you) is a summer fling; я тебя очень люблю (I love you very much) is maybe we should think about a mortgage. SayContinue reading “The Very Idea!”