russia

Candy

How Russia Fell in Love with Candy Bars Made of Blood

Many Soviet children grew up loving the sweetness, texture, and slight metallic twang of Hematogen bars—without knowing what was in them.
Mark Hay
3.29.19
beer

Brewery's BDSM-Inspired Label Prompts Bizarre Response From Russian Government

A Russian federal service issued a social media poll after a complaint that Kopytov Brewery's ball gag label was offensive.
Bettina Makalintal
3.22.19
Fast Food

Domino's Overwhelmed by Huge Number of Russians Willing to Get Pizza Tattoos

And now the company is on the hook for a whole lot of dough.
Hannah Keyser
9.5.18
vodka

Distillery Apologizes for Vodka Named After Deadly Poison

As Bristol Dry Gin cheekily Instagrammed its new Novichok vodka, a woman died from exposure to the chemical a mere 60 miles away.
Jelisa Castrodale
7.10.18
Restaurants

Man Impersonates the Prime Minister of Morocco to Get Into Fully Booked Restaurant

With 2.5 million visitors currently in Russia for the World Cup, getting restaurant reservations is a competitive sport.
Jelisa Castrodale
6.22.18
Tripadvisor

This Russian Company is Selling Fake TripAdvisor Restaurant Reviews for $570 Each

Russia? Meddling in online fakery?? Bring me my smelling salts and ready the fainting sofa!
Jelisa Castrodale
5.21.18
pollution

Residents of the World's Most Polluted City Are Turning to 'Oxygen Cocktails' and 'Lung Teas'

Advertisements for one of the dubious drinks promise that “one oxygen cocktail is equal to a three-hour walk in a lush forest."
Jelisa Castrodale
5.2.18
russia

I Spent Three Days in Moscow Eating Like a Russian Oligarch

Can you really have vodka and caviar for three meals a day? The answer is yes.
Giorgia Cannarella
3.21.18
crime

More Than 500 Restaurant and Bar Patrons Told to Wash Their Clothes After Russian Spy Attack

Locals who dined at Zizzi in Salisbury are being urged to do their laundry after a former Russian officer and his daughter were found unconscious.
Jelisa Castrodale
3.12.18
Recipe

Baba Sima’s Tonic (бабы симина микстура) Recipe

Infuse some brandy with a bit of tea and you've got yourself a recipe for #health right here.
Bonnie Frumkin Morales
2.28.18
Booze

The Joy of Not-So-Secretly Drinking on Russian Trains

In vodka-soaked Russia, a calamity has taken place: Booze is banned on the trains. But that doesn't mean passengers and crew aren't drinking.
Dave Hazzan
2.10.18
Caviar

Can Caviar Be 'Disrupted'? This Russian Property Mogul Wants to Find Out

Here's what goes down in the massive sturgeon bunker that Alexey Tyutin has built in a Thai beach town.
Diana Hubbell
1.23.18
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