I am having a hard time finding interesting new material in Russian.
I have read about everything from these bloggers:
• Russian with Max
• Russian with Dasha
• Russian from Russia
• Russian Progress
• Anna Cher / Tatiana Klimova / Maria Petrova
I understand about 90% on this level (B1?).
Now looking for something a liitle more difficult (but not too much).
Preferably Russian only material (with Ru subtitles).
Something like Varlamov? If you can understand 90%ish of this stuff, are you ready to take the proper jump to more native materials of interest?
Also, this is interesting that you have roughly double the words that I have , which gives you about 90% comprehension. I would say at my word count, with these sources, im at around 70% comprehension, so this is very motivating for me.
Try finding YouTube videos made for native speakers that have captions in Russian (not auto-generated) and importing them with the LingQ browser extension. That’s what I’m doing with all of my languages.
Some YouTube channels I’ve gotten such videos from:
At your level you should be ready to conquer native material.
If you’re looking for YT videos with human-crafted subtitles, those aren’t real common. One channel I like is JustFan (JUSTFAN - YouTube) which uploads a new short human-interest video with real Russian subtitles every day. If you like it, there’s a large backlog of videos there for you. An advantage over some of these other channels, imo, is that the author fully avoids politics. (Just be warned that he wields a large vocabulary.)
Many, though not all, of the videos on the Вдудь channel have real subtitles (вДудь - YouTube). They’re all long-format, though, which can be wearying, but no one is watching over your shoulder to make sure you finish each one. I find Редакция interesting and fairly easy to understand, but he usually does not have real subtitles. (Редакция - YouTube) These are also long, but I find I can usually watch them longer than those of Вдудь.
Looking for books? I think I had around your number of words when I tackled Мастер и Маргарита. I bought the e-book at Litres.ru. (I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to buy again from them with banking & currency sanctions, but as of last week I was able to make a purchase with PayPal.) A great screen adaptation of M&M, with only automatic subtitles, alas, is at Мастер и Маргарита - YouTube
Appart from Varlamov which was already mentioned, I watch Максим Кац
The videos tend to be “medium size” (20-30 min) and there are Russian subtitles (but autogenerated), also translations into English and Hebrew (usually)
I could barely understand him at the beginning, but I have persevered and grown accustomed to his way of speaking. After a few weeks I am understanding more and more. Sometimes the images provide enough context, if necessary they can be watched first with English subtitles to compare
I’m right at your level where I’m a bit beyond Russian Progress, Russian with Max, etc. and I just found Simple History on YouTube that has Russian CCs (not auto generated). The videos are just at the right length (about 10-15 minutes) and number of unknown/known words ratio that it keeps it challenging but still interesting.