Rethinking Tolstoy: War and Peace by the BBC

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Rethinking Tolstoy: War and Peace by the BBC In January 2016, the BBC premiered one of its most ambitious and long-awaited literary adaptations: War and Peace. The Russian classic was brought to life by the British broadcaster for the second time, having made a first series in 1972. I watched the six-part production religiously, barely able… Continue reading

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Art Weekend, Moscow

Art Weekend

Art Weekend, Moscow This weekend, Moscow’s Design Centre (Центр дизайна), Artplay, is hosting Art Weekend, a market for all lovers of unique handmade gifts and crafts. With over 200 sellers, the autumn Art Weekend promises to be the place to buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs and Christmas gifts. The market has already enjoyed great success in the… Continue reading

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Learn to Read Russian: Books for Reading

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Reading in Russian: Where to Start In today’s classes, the topic of reading in Russian came up. Most teachers would agree that reading is the best way to consolidate the grammar and vocab that you’ve learnt, but this shouldn’t be restricted to reading texts and hand-outs from your teachers. To get a real feel for… Continue reading

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Doctor, Doctor: A Take on Russian Healthcare

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Doctor, Doctor: A Take on Russian Healthcare A topic that has come up in conversation a lot for me in the last week is healthcare in Russia and, in particular, the use of antibiotics. This is rather coincidental, as when I went to do some research on it over the weekend, I found out that last week… Continue reading

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Review: Bao + Bar, Moscow

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Review: Bao + Bar, Moscow This autumn, Bao + Bar opened on Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street in Moscow. Serving up what it describes on its Facebook page as “Asian street food”, I had to give it a try, and so last month a classmate of mine joined me for a bite to eat. Now, some Asian food… Continue reading

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Case Study: Order, Order!

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Case Study: Order, Order! Recently in Russian class, I was going through the case declensions of a particularly tricky noun and my teacher stared at me as if I was mad. “You don’t know the order of the cases… and you’re in B2?!” she said. Well of course I do know. I know the order… Continue reading

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Vladimir the Great, Monument to a Russian Hero… or is it?

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Vladimir the Great, Monument to a Russian Hero… or is it? A recent addition to the centre of Moscow has been turning heads. From its very conception over two years ago to its unveiling on 4th November 2016, the monument to Vladimir the Great (Владимир Святославич/Владимир Великий) has been a point of heated discussion. The… Continue reading

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National Fashions: Festive Dress Exhibition

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National Fashions: Festive Dress Exhibition Festive dress depicts a culture like nothing else! Some of my best afternoons in Moscow involve happening upon an exhibition that is right up my alley when I least expect it. On a recent visit to the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 (Музей Отечественной войны 1812 г.), a… Continue reading

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