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‘We’ve Done a Really Good Job of Developing This Sport’

Russian mixed martial fighter Fedor Emelianenko on the last MMA World Cup, his future rivals, and more

Russia Is an Excellent Starting Point for a Startup – Buzzfactory Founder

Russian market is an excellent place to launch a startup because it is more open and less competitive than the US market

‘In Russia, There Are Many Good yet Unknown Designers’

Aizel Trudel: Online stores will eventually replace conventional boutiques

‘It All Began With a Dinner at a Restaurant’

President of the International Centre of Wine and Gastronomy on his plans for the global expansion of Russian cuisine

Rock Bottom

Once one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, flat rental prices in Moscow are now ridiculously low

‘The Place Where a Girl Grew Into a Person’: Chinese Actress Declares Her Love for Russia

Yang Ge, a young woman from Beijing who moved to Tula before heading to Moscow, is convinced that Russia helped her understand what she really wanted from life

Burgers by Oleg Petrichenko

Five popular burgers from Cheapside Restaurant

The Bermuda Rectangle

A photographer found out what Russian women carry about in their handbags

Unstoppable: The Story of Russian Paralympian Sergey Manzhos

The decision of the International Paralympic Committee to ban the Russian team from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has come as a severe blow for the country’s disabled athletes

‘Hipsters Are the Same Everywhere: It’s Just the Russian Ones Are Passé’

Émilie Durnovo, the great-granddaughter of an aristocratic Russian émigré who fled to France in 1917, shares her views on Moscow life, using smartphones on a date and strange Russian fashion

Food to Fight Fools and Bad Roads

Alexei Zimin on botvinia and the life of the Russian kvass drink abroad

‘Everything Here Warrants a Celebratory Drink’

A Portuguese native talks about life in the capital, Moscow culture, and local women with an eye for foreigners

5 Cool Coffee Drinks For Summer

Experts talk about Nitro, Espresso Tonic, Cold Brew, Ice Latte, and coffee beers, then Afisha Daily reveals the perfect places to try them in Moscow

‘I Love You, Moscow!’

Snoop Dogg, Jane Birkin, David Brown and other musicians share their adventures in Moscow

‘In Russia, Soup Is Thought to Be a Man’s Food’

Elena Osipova interviews an American chef brave enough to open a restaurant in Russia’s capital

A Monologue by Shaolin Monk

Shi Yanbin on the Way a City Looks When You Look Inside Yourself

Amanita Gimlet

Sergey Pestretsov, barman at the aptly-named Mushrooms restaurant in Moscow, shares his passion for fungus-based cocktails

Luca Maroni Teaches People to Talk About Wine

Italian wine critic on the shape of an aroma, taste paradoxes, the objectivity of ignorance, and the superiority of method over opinion

Marching to the Beat of Their Own Durum

Fancy doner kebabs, shiny takeaway vans and eventually a cafe in a former industrial area