Elena Strelnikova is a journalist based in Orenburg (Southern Russia)
Orenburg shawls: a classic of Russian folk art
Gossamer or spider web shawls have been knitted in Orenburg for generations. The tradition nearly disappeared, but...
Orenburg 2013: ring out the old, ring in the new!
Regional journalist Elena Strelnikova takes a wry look at some of the events of the departing year.
On the river: a Russian holiday diary
Holidays by the sea in Turkey or Egypt are beginning to lose their appeal to ordinary Russians, and they’re no...
Orenburg: East or West? Home is best!
Orenburg is typical of many provinicial Russian towns in that the government does what it wants, while the people...
Russian provincial life: to be or not to be…single
It’s an age-old adage that things always look greener on the other side of the fence and this is particularly true...
Russian regions: doing porridge
Life for ex-prisoners is not easy in any country in the world, but there are so few opportunities in provincial...