Content note: some of the names in this story have been changed to protect anonymity. It’s Sunday morning in August 2022, and midway through an online group therapy session, Mariia, in Kyiv, tells the group that there is a missile alert. She needs to move her laptop computer into the closet, away from the windows. […]
The WNBA season is over. Brittney Griner remains in a Russian prison. What’s next?
Brittney Griner, imprisoned in Russia, was honored at the All-Star Weekend.
I left feeling hollow and angry. Like I’d been manipulated using methods pioneered and perfected under the long-gone Soviet regime of my childhood.
A Ukrainian student living in Chicago shares her perspective on the Russian invasion of her homeland.
Thousands marched from Ukrainian Village to the Loop last weekend in a show of solidarity.
There were two crowds in front of Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukrainian Village on a frigid afternoon last week. One was the medieval crowd that’s always there, on the church’s iconic mural—a depiction of the baptism of the Ukrainian people. The other consisted of several hundred live and livid Chicagoans reacting […]
Russia’s violent history toward the LGBTQ+ community has many worried that anti-queer violence will be meted out in Ukraine.
When I was seven I broke into a house with some older kids one summer. This was in Russia in the 90s, as the society around us was collapsing. The fall of the Soviet Union and the descent of the country into sudden, unregulated capitalism yielded the rapid development of inequality. Seemingly overnight a place […]
It’s as pretty as a pastry.
Little Big have all the nuance of a Las Vegas motel sign, but that’s the point. They’re a Russian rave band that have employed jackhammer drums, earthquake-inducing bass drops, and synths that could soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog on ecstasy to spoof Russian culture and dance-music cliches. The music on their two 2018 Antipositive EPs […]
The likely poisoning of Pussy Riot member Peter Verzilov this week didn’t keep the group from Riot Fest, where they delivered loud criticisms of Russia and the United States.
Lee Sandlin’s magnum opus on Americans’ amnesia about World War II makes a Russian reflect on how differently we experienced the war.
Current musical obsessions of Western Publicity founder Heather West, music critic Jim Kopeny (aka Tankboy), and Reader associate editor Jamie Ludwig
Dramatic changes in property tax assessment have a deep impact on renters, assessor candidate Fritz Kaegi says.