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What Russians and those who lived in the former Soviet Union have to read. See also Russian Relaxing
- Pravda - several papers have been referred to this way, we'll be focusing on the best known one, the paper of the CPSU. Pravda is Russian for "truth". ''Da, pravda''.
- In Soviet times the other main newspaper was called Izvestiya, literally meaning News (In Russian there is no distinction between definite and indefinite forms of nouns, so the title could also be translated as The News.) This inspired the following joke: "There are no news in Truth, and no truth in News".
- Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) - newspaper of the Soviet and now Russian military. Gave Margaret Thatcher her "Iron Lady" nickname.
- Komsomolskaya Pravda - in Soviet times, this was a youth counterpart to Pravda. In post-soviet times, it became a yellowish, quite pro-government tabloid.
- Novaya Gazeta - a supposedly independent newspaper with liberal (as in, old-school liberal, what Americans call conservative, not quasi-socialist) and pro-Western leanings.
- Rossiyskaya Gazeta - the official newspaper of the Federal government.
- Ogonyok- A weekly magazine running since 1899.
See also Russian Literature
- Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin (1799-1837), considered to be the greatest Russian poet and founder of Russian literature. His most famous work is a novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin.
- Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (1711-1765)
- Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov (1814-1841), also author of the novel A Hero of Our Time
- Andrey Bely (1880–1934)
- Alexander Blok (1880–1921)
- Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966)
- Boris Pasternak (1890–1960), also author of the novel Doctor Zhivago
- Osip Mandelstam (1891–1938)
- Marina Tsvetaeva (1892–1941)
- Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (1893-1930)
- Robert Rozhdestvensky (1932–1994)
- Andrey Voznesensky (1933–2010)
- Bella Akhmadulina (1937–2010)
The classics: The "Golden Age" et seq.
20th century: The "Silver Age" and the Soviet period
- Isaac Babel: Wrote Tales of Odessa, Red Cavalry, and other works.
- Anton Chekhov — yes, THE Chekhov. Wrote tons of short stories, of which perhaps the most famous is "The Lady with the Little Dog", and some legendary plays like The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull. Deemed heavily influential on Virigina Woolf and James Joyce, to mention just two.
- Mikhail Bulgakov: Wrote The Master and Margarita, Heart of a Dog, Black Snow, Ivan Vasilievich, "The Fatal Eggs", and others. Living in early USSR times, he was proud enough to make fun of its ugly parts.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and other works. Won a Nobel Prize in 1970. He is not really wide popular in modern times, though. His name is often mentioned when 'crimes of communism' are discussed.
- Vladimir Nabokov: Wrote Glory and The Gift in Russian, as well as the infamous Lolita in English, among numerous other works and translations.
- Boris Pasternak: Wrote Doctor Zhivago and many poems.
- Ilf and Petrov: 1920's-30's satirical writers. Authors of The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf.
- Strugatsky Brothers Arkady and Boris: Soviet era Science Fiction writers. There are a number of films based on their writings. Their novel Roadside Picnic inspired the video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R..
- Kir Bulychev: A friend of the Strugatskys, he also wrote sci-fi, most notably the Alice, Girl from the Future series. He is also a historian and wrote several educational books.
- Ivan Yefremov: Wrote Thais of Athens and the Great Ring cycle.
- Vainer Brothers: Detective novel writing duo. Authors of The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed and The Vertical Races.
- Nikolay Nosov: a children's author from the mid-Soviet period. His most known work is the trilogy Adventures of Dunno.
Contemporary literature: Post-Soviet period to Present Day