Soviet Multiki: The Charming, the Classic, and the Bizarre

The Soviet Union was famous for many things. Its flag, its leaders, its “evil,”  and, of course, its multiki (cartoons). After all, who doesn’t recall lazy Komsomol mornings sprawled out on your stomach with a warm bottle of Буратино (Soviet soda) next to you, eyes glued to the TV, hours melting away like ice cream… Continue reading

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Small dictionary of Autumn

Autumn is one of the most beautiful and colourful times of the year. It’s a poetic season during which Russia strongly reveals her beauty: colours change from green into gold, while leaves begin to fall. Let’s learn some words and expressions related to Russian autumn through this small dictionary! 1) Бабье лето (Indian summer) A final… Continue reading

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A trip to Izmailovsky Market

Izmailovsky market

On Sunday my friend Shen and I ventured into the eastern reaches of Moscow for the Izmailovsky Market. It was a fascinating and often bewildering experience.   Souvenir Hunting   The market scene is quite hard to describe. It’s a mixture of Soviet kitsch, Disney Land and a medieval market. The market stalls sell a… Continue reading

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