R2D2, smartphone with two screens, and Louis Vuitton suitcase in exile
Monday. Russians love R2D2, Russians love Star Wars and Russians love science-fiction in general. Sci-fi writers in Russia are asked about the future even more often than politicians. Read why the most famous Russian sci-fi writer, Sergei Lukyanenko, was invited to attend the First Robotics Festival in Irkutsk.
Tuesday. Following President Vladimir Putin’s love for winter sports, many Russians have endorsed skiing and snowboarding in the past years. Muscovites don’t even have to go to the mountains to ski – the Snej.com indoor ski complex offers a vast slope and a fun park for thrill seekers year-round. You can read more about how young Russian talents are getting ready for Sochi gold here.
Wednesday. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook must have woken up in a cold sweat after Russia presented its locally-engineered smartphone with two screens, one of which is an e-ink display. For Russians, it was not a surprise. We love doubling things. Just take a look at our State Emblem which brandishes a doubled-headed eagle. If you want to find out whether to throw away your iPhone and rush to Russia to get a YotaPhone, read this article.
Thursday. Workers take an enormous Louis Vuitton suitcase off the Red Square. Erecting this monstrous construction at the very heart of Russia spurred fierce debate in Russian society and left us some hilarious internet memes and photoshopped pictures.
Friday. There’s one thing that both Russians and foreigners love about Russian women – they always look stunning. Of course, this feature comes at a cost – like, spending three hours in front of the mirror just to get ready for a quick trip to the grocery store. Moreover, Russian women can share some low-cost tips for maximum beauty.
Сaturday. Cats are one of the biggest traffic generators on the Russian internet, just like everywhere else. Some cats even earned their own monuments in Russian cities, like this one, dedicated to Semyon, the cat who traveled 1,242 miles (2,000 km) in 6.5 years.
Sunday. Remembrance evening for the popular Russian musician Vladimir Vysotsky. Why is this famous singer, songwriter and movie star who died in 1980 still popular in Russia? Find out here.