Поехали! – Cosmonautics Day in Russia

Cosmonautics Day in Russia

Every year on April 12, Cosmonautics Day commemorates the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. This day is considered a significant date in the history and pioneering spirit of space travel. With its first manned space flight, the former Soviet Union set a decisive milestone for the future of space travel – the beginning of a new era. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 12 April to be the International Day of Manned Spaceflight. The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is a special person who plays a key role on this day. He went into space 58 years ago in the Soviet spaceship Vostok 1 and was the first person in the world to experience a complete orbit of the Earth. He started on 12 April 1961 at exactly 6:07 a.m. in Baikonur, Russia, and circled the Earth on bo ...

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Hello from Federico, the new Italian intern in SPB!

Hello from the new Italian intern

Всем привет! Let me introduce myself: my name is Federico and I am a new intern at Liden & Denz in St Petersburg. I’m from Italy, Milan and I’m an Interpreting and Translation graduate back in my home country. Hence my trip to Russia, so as to perfect the language. Truth be said, back then, when i decided to start studying Russian, I had no clue of the language and the culture, I just followed my gut. But now, after three long years and several trips to this beautiful country, I can say that I have no regrets because I find both Russian culture and language absolutely fascinating. What’s more, I fell in love with St. Petersburg, which I consider one of a kind being not only a city full of historical sites, but also the one with the liveliest and most vibrant atmosphere among those I ha ...

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Ivan the Terrible: the story of Russia’s expansion

Ivan the Terrible

Today Russia is the largest country on Earth by area, and covers more than one-eighth of the planet’s inhabited land area. But how did it get to be so big? The answer to this question lies all the way back in the 16th century with the Russian ruler Ivan IV, known as Ivan the Terrible. Here is a short introduction to how he did it, as well as his reign and the important legacy he left to his country: Ivan IV was the first Russian ruler to declare himself Tsar, and Russian word derived from the word Caesar, which after the death of the famous leader of that name was used to refer to all subsequent Emperors of the Roman Empire. This gives us an indication of the absolute power and authority with which Ivan the Terrible ruled over his dominions.  When he came to power in 1547, Ivan IV ru ...

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Russian Internship: My Story

Russian Internship: My Story

My name is Regina, I am 26 years old and live in Germany. I grew up in a small village which is so small, that every citizen knows each other, but hardly anyone from outside has ever heard its name. Admittedly for some time I have been living in the wonderful city of Düsseldorf in the west of Germany. I studied Technical Management and Marketing, which I graduated with a Bachelor of Science diploma. I’ve been in Moscow for a few days now and may blog for you about this extraordinary city as well as about the multifaceted Russia. Maybe I can inspire you for one or the other sight or tell you some interesting facts about Russia or Moscow that you didn’t know before? But why did I decide to do an internship in Russia at all? First and foremost, I made the decision because I have m ...

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Russian etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Russia

Pedestrians

Russian society is marked by ancient traditions and habits. They are very cultural and so they easily recognize other cultures by their behavior. Sometimes these other behaviors may even be considered offensive to Russian citizens. So you should know about the table manners, Russian gestures and traditions, if you want to experience a stay without any embarrassment in Russia. In my following blogpost I have collected some Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Russia. First, we start with the Do’s! Bring gifts for your Russian Hosts When you get invited in a Russian household, always bring a little present with you in return, otherwise this is considered as rude. It doesn’t matter what it is, this can be flowers, a bottle of wine or a cake – just don’t show up em ...

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