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  • 17
  • Feb

Alexey Voyevoda: Russia’s Vegan Olympian

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 - Vegan Athletes

Russian athlete Alexey Voyevoda can boast that he’s a champion on three fronts. As a professional arm wrestler, he’s taken gold at the World Championships, and he’s an Olympic bobsledding medallist who has just won gold for Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year. In addition, as a vegan, he’s a champion for animals!

We caught up with him ahead of his performance and asked him a few questions.

When and why did you decide to go vegan?

Three and a half years ago. At first, I approached it from a … Read more.


  • 07
  • Feb

UPDATE: Orcas No Longer to Be Displayed at Sochi Olympics but Still Languishing in Captivity

Almost 10,000 people sent messages to Russian authorities asking that two wild orcas who were captured last year be released back into the ocean, rather than be imprisoned and forced to perform at the Sochi Dolphinarium during the Winter Olympics in Russia.

We’ve now learned that the two orcas – a female named Narnia and a young male – have not been brought to Sochi and will not be on display during the Olympics. Additionally, no dolphin will carry an Olympic torch, as had originally been planned.

Russia Sochi Wild Orcas

Although it’s good news … Read more.


  • 06
  • Feb

A Message to Moscow: Throw Fur Out!

A new year offers new opportunities to take our campaign against fur to the country that buys more of it than any other in the world: Russia.

PETA’s hard-hitting billboards have gone up across Moscow, each one graphically illustrating how many animals are killed just to make one fur coat. The writing on the ad roughly translates as “Try telling this beautiful animal he is just a piece of a fur coat.”

Moscow Mink

PETA Moscow mink billboard with Olga Shelest

Well-known model and TV presenter Olga Shelest (who is also vegan) is the face of the campaign. “My philosophy Read more.


  • 04
  • Feb

Team PETA at the Sochi Winter Olympics: Champions Don’t Wear Fur!

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are almost upon us, and while the eyes of the world are on the Russian city Sochi, we’ve seized the opportunity to highlight one of the cruellest industries on the planet – the barbaric fur trade.

Two sexy PETA “snow bunnies” braved the cold climate (and Russian authorities’ notoriously frosty attitude towards protestors) to let people know that wearing the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted or strangled to death is unacceptable. The police confiscated the volunteers’ signs and passports, and ordered them to leave the Olympic … Read more.


  • 13
  • Jan

Recipe: Russian-Style Potato Salad

This quick, simple side dish is a fantastic addition to lunches, buffet tables or barbecues. It’s also great if you’re stuck for time and need to throw something together at the last minute.

Russian-Style Potato Salad

8–10 new potatoesRussia

1 cup petit pois

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1/2 apple (any variety will do), chopped

8 cornichons or other similar pickles, diced

Vegan mayonnaise (we love Plamil brand)

  • Place the new potatoes in a saucepan filled with water and boil until soft, then drain and set aside to cool. Dice when cool enough to
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  • 24
  • Dec

The First Step Towards a Fur-Free Russia?

Olga Shelest speaks out against cruel fur industryWe’ve just brought our campaign against fur to the country that buys more of it than any other in the world – Russia.

With well-known TV presenter (and vegan) Olga Shelest as the face of the campaign and a series of hard-hitting ads appearing on Moscow’s streets, people in Russia will soon have no excuse for overlooking the appalling cruelty that lies behind their animal-skin garments.

Olga admits that when she was younger, she owned a fur coat – before she learned the gruesome facts about where it came from. “When … Read more.


  • 13
  • Apr

Russia Celebrates First Vegan Café

Animals are getting a whole lotta love at Russia’s first vegan restaurant, the Moscow franchise of the international chain Loving Hut. The restaurant appropriately chose April 7, World Health Day, for its grand opening, which featured Russian vegetarian celebrities, a fashion show featuring clothing made of fruits and vegetables, an animal rights film screening, and, of course, plenty of delicious vegan cuisine.

Russian animal rights group Vita says the growing number of Russians who care about animals and healthy eating are thrilled to welcome Loving Hut, and Vita considers … Read more.