Russian cult website Weekend OpenSpace (WOS) launched its revamped site yesterday, revealing changes to the name, design and concept of the publication. Although the new site has kept its original acronym, it now stands for the words “Around this vast country”, reflecting the new focus of the website — Russia. In a post published by the editorial team on the website, the team explains the reasons behind WOS’s new direction:
“We were born in Russia but we know nothing about it. At the same time we are trying to judge what is going on, to get involved in debates and not to miss out on opinions shared on social media. It's time to engage with the indifferent relationship we have with the country we live in, and the words that we speak. It’s time to learn to ask the right questions and seek answers to them, pay attention to details and to separate the wheat from the chaff.”
Starting out as the entertainment arm of the socio-political publication OpenSpace, WOS has spent over two years producing content about digital youth culture, surviving its parent company which closed down in 2013.