In his spare time Russian illustrator Roman Papsuyev (@amokrus) draws sketches inspired by Russian fairy tales, reinterpreting characters from Russian folklore in modern gaming-fantasy style. The epic hero Ilya Muromets, Vasilisa the Beautiful and Vasilisa the Wise, the forest guardian Leshy, Koschei the Immortal and more stylized characters got more than 30k likes on RBTH’s Facebook page.
Poster for a new Norwegian TV series Occupied. Source: kinopoisk.ruA small news story about a new Norwegian TV series became the second most read RBTH story of the year. The premise of the series is that Russia occupies the Nordic country and takes control of its oil fields. Russia's Foreign Ministry described the project as being "in the worst traditions of the Cold War" and representing a "non-existent threat from the east."
The shocking beauty of Red Square, noisy nightlife and horrible monuments: RBTH explained why Moscow really is the worst place for a vacation… It seems our readers have a good sense of humor and enjoyed this witty anti-guide with us! Don’t miss our reasons for ignoring St. Petersburg either!
Since last year RBTH has been publishing stories about Russia’s heavy industries in pictures. Readers were particularly fascinated by this photo story about the Sevmash shipbuilding company, located in the city of Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk Region, which is primary focused on building nuclear submarines for the Russian navy.
This year was marked with a great medical breakthrough: A Russian company announced a successful experiment implanting 3D-printed thyroid glands into mice. 3D Bioprinting Solutions printed the thyroid gland – or to be precise, the gland's organ construct – in March of this year. At that time, scientific laboratories were saying that they would start printing human thyroid glands if the experiment was successful – which it was.
We have a special multimedia long read on the team of scientists that printed the organ.
At the end of November we started preparing for the cold season and decided to find out whether our readers know what it is like to be in Russia during the winter. Take part in our test as many readers have already done, and don’t forget to check out our winter album rbth.com/winter_is_coming.
This year Russia commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe in World War Two. RBTH had a specially designed page devoted to everything we published about the war – the memoirs of witnesses, historical articles, and features on this year’s celebrations. One of the most popular texts was about the best Soviet and American movies featuring this tragic time that took millions lives.
In Thailand, the main consumers of sturgeon and black caviar are the members of the upper middle class. Source: Press photo This year RBTH spread its coverage from the English-speaking world to a global audience and started to pay special attention to Asia. Our story about a joint Russian-Thai farming venture in the Thai resort of Hua-Hin that produces two tons of black caviar annually proved really popular not only among English-speaking Asian readers but also worldwide.
Russia’s biggest internet search engine Yandex analyzed what Russians search for on the internet in relation to foreign countries. The company created a map that shows the three most-searched-for words for each of the countries included in the study.
For the second year running Russian weapons exports registered an uptick. In this piece for RBTH, blogger Rakesh Krishnan Simha details the Russian-made arms and military hardware that are most in demand across the world.
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