March 8th – Celebrating Women’s Day in Russia

March 8th - Celebrating Women's Day in Russia

Every year on March 8th Russian women become the center of attention. This day is reserved for Russian men to pamper their wife, girlfriend, mother, sisters and favorite female co-workers with flowers, little presents or just an extra bit of attention. In a way, Women’s Day in Russia is like a mixture between Valentine’s and… Continue reading

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5 Most Important Facts about Defender of the Fatherland Day

Defender of the Fatherland Day

Have you ever heard about Defender of the Fatherland Day? Or as it is called in Russian День защитника Отечества (Den’ zaschtschitnika Otschestva)? If not- Don’t worry. I have gathered the most important information for you in the list below. Do not miss this chance to expand your knowledge of Russian culture and history! What… Continue reading

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Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov Today, the 10th November, is the birthday of the world famous Russian inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov. He created the probably most popular gun in history, the AK-47. It is an automatic rifle first time produced in 1947 and still being made today. Mikhail Kalashnikov was born in 1919 in Kurya in the Altai Krai.… Continue reading

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Latvia the colonial power

Latvia the colonial power

Latvia the colonial power Latvia is the smallest nation that ever was a colonial power. In the 17th century the legendary Duchy of Courland set up colonies in Tobago and Gambia. The ancient Baltic tribes (Curonians, Semigallians, Latgalians,  Selonians) were not really peaceful farmers – they were fierce warriors and excellent sailors. Some say they were… Continue reading

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A Russian legend celebrates his birthday today

Ever heard of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy? Probably yes. The Russian writer counts to one of the greatest authors of all time. He was born on  9th September 1828, hence today is his birthday! The novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) are regarded as his most known compositions. Tolstoy was born in Tula… Continue reading

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