What is the difference: Russian vs Western Christmas?

Russian vs Western Christmas

What is the difference: Russian vs Western Christmas? Christmas is a heart-warming time of year. It is a time when families gathers together in order to joyfully celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem all those years ago. I must admit that I myself am not religious in any way, but I still celebrate Christmas… Continue reading


Konstantin Aksakov and the beginning of Slavophilia.

During the 19th century, the Russian state and society was undergoing changes. Political and philosophical thinkers had started to become more prominent and ideas which had never set foot in Russia began to sprout thanks to the increasingly open international community. The spread of Western values into Russian society initiated a response from more conservative… Continue reading


The dominating St Isaac’s Cathedral

The cathedrals of Saint Petersburg can all be admired in different ways, but the most famous and most outstanding of the lot is Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. The sheer size and magnitude of the Late Neoclassical building is enough to completely dominate the St Petersburg skyline! Saint Isaac’s is not the first church to appear on… Continue reading


Popular Traditions: Where There Is A Dacha, There Is a Banya

Popular traditions

Popular Traditions: Where There Is A Dacha, There Is a Banya Popular traditions throughout Russian history emits an incredibly long list of traditions. However, none of these are so famous as the culture of the Russian Баня (Banya), one of the oldest Slavic traditions. Despite the fact that this custom is several centuries old, the… Continue reading


A Must Visit: The Alexander Nevsky Monastery

Alexander Nevsky Monastery

A Must Visit: The Alexander Nevsky Monastery At the end of Nevsky Prospekt stands a fantastic cathedral named after the famous Russian prince, Alexander Nevsky. The cathedral itself is a fantastic sight and is surrounded by the famous Lazarev and Tikhvin cemeteries which are the burial places of many famous Russians! The Cathedral of Alexander… Continue reading


The 250th anniversary of the Hermitage!

On Saturday, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg celebrated its 250th birthday with a mesmerising 3-D laser show on Дворцовая Площадь (Palace Square), which detailed the history of the Hermitage Museum, and a special exhibition within the Hermitage itself. I went to the Hermitage in the day on Saturday to see what the museum… Continue reading


Russian Films As a Language Resource

Russian Films

Russian Films As a Language Resource When I had just started learning Russian, I tried to think of ways that I could combine my pastime with my studies. I decided that the best way to do this was watch Russian films with subtitles, or films that I had already seen, but dubbed over in Russian.… Continue reading


The Museum of Political History in St Petersburg

The Museum of Russian Political History in St Petersburg, located next to the Peter and Paul Fortress, contains amazingly informative exhibitions of Russia’s political history since the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. It is very impartial, lays events out in the clearest of light and even the building itself is of importance in relation… Continue reading