What would locals like others know about Russia? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
How forbidden songs inspired underground bone music bootleggers in the USSR – ABC News
Russia blocks Twitter as Ukraine invasion escalates – The Verge
Putin is sending a message to the world with his shock announcement – CNN
Peace and War – Leo Tolstoy is famous as the author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina and he is also known for his pacifist influence on Gandhi and other peace movements in the 20th century. Tolstoy was excommunicated from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1901 and he had no patience with either the Tsarist wars or the Russian Revolution. What lies beneath these known facts is a spirit strenuously engaged with the deepest questions of life and death, belief and despair. In Tolstoy’s novels, stories and diaries we hear his struggles and his exuberant joys.
The Romanovs: Russia’s 300 year long game of thrones – Power, murder, genius, mysticism, sex, dwarf throwing and empire.
Cooking from the iconic Soviet cookbook, The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food – In the Soviet Union there was one official cookbook for everyone, The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food (Книга о вкусной и здоровой пище, Kniga o vkusnoi i zdorovoi pishche). It had over 1000 recipes, with many images and texts showing off the beauty of Soviet life. Today, a young Muscovite, together with her grandmother, puts the book to the test.