The Case of Anna Anderson and the Missing Romanov

You’ve probably heard about the missing Romanov children, the whole debacle as to whether they survived, leading to imposters and decades of speculation. The most infamous case is probably that of Anna Anderson. Anderson came into the picture about two years after the fate of the Romanovs when she jumped off a bridge in Berlin.… Continue reading

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All the places you can speak Russian

So, you’ve decided to learn Russian. I won’t lie, it’s not the easiest language to learn. But it is a rich and rewarding experience and gives you access to a fascinating culture. Russian has an estimated 260 million speakers worldwide. This makes it the 8th most popular language in the world! Samuel Huntington, a famous… Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Karelian Capital

If you have a bit of free travelling time at the end of your course, or simply want a weekend away from the big city, the Karelian capital Petrozavodsk is situated five hours away by train or by car from St. Petersburg and provides the perfect starting point to discovering the beauty of Northern Russia.… Continue reading

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Ivan the Terrible

There’s a lot that’s been said about Ivan the Terrible. He was insane, tyrannical, a reformist, even humanitarian. His history is as turbulent as his reputation and is a fascinating case study in both a historical and psychological context. Prior to Ivan’s reign, Russia had been undergoing a unifying movement that threatened aristocracies, namely the… Continue reading

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Websites to Help You Learn Cyrillic

Learning a new language is a challenge no doubt – internalising new words, new grammar and syntax while trying to have it come out with some semblance of fluency. And that’s just speaking and listening. Literacy is as much an integral component and adds another layer of complexity when it’s also a new alphabet. Though… Continue reading

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