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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

After Stalin’s death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This “thawing” took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.

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How Russia’s Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

How Russia’s Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the Soviet Union’s communal kitchens, many families jockeyed for one stove. Apartments were crowded, food was scarce and government informants were everywhere. Still, some found joy and connection.

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What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

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Drink Vodka, Eat Pickles, Repeat: Mastering the Zakuski Spread

Drink Vodka, Eat Pickles, Repeat: Mastering the Zakuski Spread

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Zakuski are like Russian tapas. More than a delicious snack, these dishes also tell the story of Russia. From “Herring Under a Fur Coat” to pickled everything, zakuski teach us about harsh winters and state-sponsored products in the Soviet era.

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When Not in Sochi, Order the Khatchapuri and Eat Like You Are

When Not in Sochi, Order the Khatchapuri and Eat Like You Are

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Athletes and spectators are giving the food in Sochi rave reviews. But what are they eating, exactly? It’s a mashup of Soviet-era Russian faves, punctuated with foods of the Caucasus that have long been special treats for people visiting the Russian Riviera.

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America, Are You Tough Enough to Drink Real Russian Kvas?

America, Are You Tough Enough to Drink Real Russian Kvas?

| August 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Russians have been drinking kvas, a barely alcoholic fermented grain drink, for centuries. But the kvas sold commercially in the U.S.? It’s largely just a wimpy, watered-down, sugary version, say aficionados. Now some new kvas makers are hoping Americans will embrace traditional, hard core versions of the drink and its tangy, sour goodness.

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China’s Horses May End Up In Russia’s Kabobs

China’s Horses May End Up In Russia’s Kabobs

| February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

The horse meat scandal might be playing out in Europe, but China is the biggest producer in the global market for horseflesh, a new infographic reveals.

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Why Russia Is Saying ‘Nyet’ To U.S. Meat Imports

Why Russia Is Saying ‘Nyet’ To U.S. Meat Imports

| February 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some U.S. meat producers add an obscure chemical called ractopamine to the feed that they give to their pigs, cattle or turkeys. But Russian safety officials haven’t approved it, and they’ve stopped U.S. meat imports – worth a half-billion-dollars a year – until those imports are ractopamine-free.

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