Also by Lilya Palveleva
January 12, 2020
Echoes Of War And Collapse: Russia's Demographic Decline As Small 1990s Generation Comes Of Age
The announcement that Russia's population declined in 2019 for the second consecutive year came as no surprise to demographers. But the rate of decline -- the population loss in 2019 was three times the 2018 figure -- has many questioning whether the government has the vision and the political will to reverse the trend.
September 25, 2016
Relics Of Russian Orthodox Saint Set To Spend Six Months In Space
When the next manned rocket blasts off for the International Space Station, a box containing relics of St. Serafim of Sarov will be strapped to the chest of the Russian cosmonaut commanding the mission. Serafim's adventure highlights the expanding influence of the Russian Orthodox Church.
November 20, 2015
Efforts Stepped Up To Rename Moscow Metro Station
Dzerzhinsky didn't survive the purge of Moscow Metro station names honoring Soviet officials. Lenin didn't either. But the name of a Bolshevik revolutionary who helped murder the tsar's family lives on at Voikovskaya station -- at least for now.
October 24, 2015
Is Medinsky The Man Behind The Golden Mask?
Many Russian theater critics are up in arms over the composition of the jury for the country's most prestigious theater awards. They claim President Vladimir Putin's conservative culture minister is seeking to inject a dose of patriotism into the proceedings.
March 18, 2015
Russian Museum Celebrating Stalin Slated To Open For Victory Day
The airbrushing of the legacy of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin continues in Russia. To mark the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in May, a civic group headed by Russia's culture minister plans to open a museum dedicated to Stalin "as the symbol of Soviet successes and victories."
June 26, 2014
Ukrainian Filmmaker Remains Behind Bars Despite Growing Support
The Russian human rights organization Memorial on June 25 offered a rare showing of "Gaamer," the award-winning 2011 film by up-and-coming Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Sentsov, meanwhile, remains in Moscow's Lefortovo prison, where he is being detained on suspicion of terrorist plotting in his native Crimea.
March 12, 2014
Russia's Polarized Art Community Takes Sides On Crimea
The standoff over Crimea is creating bitter rifts in Russia's artistic community. Russian cultural luminaries have published rival open letters – one backing their country's invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula, the other condemning what they call an act of aggression against Ukraine.
January 06, 2010
Suspicious Fire Guts Historic Russian Dacha
A mysterious fire strikes the historic Muromtsev Dacha, the 1930s wooden country house in a Moscow suburb that was home to Russian writers like Venedikt Yerofeyev. The building's fate had long been under dispute, and local supporters suspect the cultural monument was deliberately set ablaze.