Ph.D candidate at the University of Virginia, currently living in Berlin. I write about the Russian culture, literature, medicine, and politics.
Latest posts by Sasha Shapiro
The Izoizolyatsiya photo challenge has become a national obsession. To the RuNet's delight, thousands of Russians are recreating famous artworks using ordinary household items — in hilarious and often bizarre...
Viktor Pelevin's latest novel, a tale of 'weapons-grade memes', is creative but widely seen as overambitious.
Phony proverbs and escalated saber rattling are setting the tone for dangerous new tensions between Russia and the United States.
Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.
Russia's narrow defeat this weekend in the 2016 Eurovision music contest wasn't the only tension in a competition full of lights, pyrotechnics, and nationalism.