Posts by: Richard.Smith

18 Apr
2014
On an official state visit to the United Kingdom, former Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev famously commented that: “You don’t like Communism. We do not like capitalism. There is only one way to proceed: peaceful coexistence”. With these words he showed the world that there is always possibility of peace between countries, regardless of their political ...
17 Apr
2014
The recent incident in which Russian TV channel TVT censored a mild swear-word caused great hilarity among TV viewers. Russian law states certain expletives, as laid down in an official list, must be bleeped out on television. A very sensible law in today’s world, many would be inclined to comment. However, during the recent airing ...
14 Apr
2014
The white nights will soon be arriving and St Petersburg will soon transform itself into the most romantic place on earth. From the end of June to the beginning / middle of July, the sun only partially sets for five hours when its casts a warm glow across the domes of the St Petersburg’s churches, ...
11 Apr
2014
In Russia this emerging class of young entrepreneurs has been dubbed Kreativi. They make up Russia’s urbanised, internet-using population that has embraced the globalised world, new Russia’s turbo-capitalism and have brought back a sense of urban dynamism to Russia’s major cities after the troubles of the 90’s. The Russian creative class has established itself in ...
10 Apr
2014
At a glance: Caters for Vegans and Vegetarians Friendly staff Small (but perfectly formed) portions No smoking Wi-Fi Good coffee. Review: Further to my post about Veggie food in St Petersburg I thought I’d add a review of one of my favourite veggie cafes: Ukrop. Situated just off Nevski Prospekt near Kazan Cathedral, Ukrop is ...
07 Apr
2014
  Contrary to popular belief, veggie is not a dirty word in Russia. In fact, the wide open lands of the Russian empire have led to an unusually strong love of the natural world among Russians, the kind that finds its expression in the paintings of Levitan. Whilst ersatz-style products such as soya milk or ...