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 –… Continue reading

More

Happy 63rd Birthday, Vladimir Sorokin!

Picture of Vladimir Sorokin

Born August 7, 1955 in the Moscow region, Vladimir Sorokin is an internationally acclaimed Russian writer. When I asked my babushka for recommendations of contemporary Russian writers, he was the first one she mentioned. Biography and Background After graduating Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in 1977 with a degree in engineering, Sorokin was promptly… Continue reading

More

This Day in History: Inauguration of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

During my time in St. Petersburg so far, I have walked past St. Isaac’s Cathedral and been quietly impressed with it more times than I can say. However, I never took the time to find out about the history of it, but the 249th anniversary of its inauguration today has given me a great opportunity… Continue reading

More

5 Interesting Facts about Empress Catherine II

empress Catherine

With good reason known to these days as Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress was one of the most fascinating and powerful rulers ever. Despite her being an outsider, coming from the German city of Settin, she managed to reach the very top of the Russian Empire at the age of 33 years old when,… Continue reading

More

Peter the Great: A Life in Art

June 9th marks the 345th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great. Here we review the life of one of Russia’s most famous monarchs through of one his greatest legacies; art Advancing the arts was one of the many great innovations which Peter the Great brought to Russia. Prior to his reign, the only… Continue reading

More

Pushkin’s Footprints in St. Petersburg

Happy Birthday Pushkin! С днём рождения! St. Petersburg truly is Pushkin’s city, so to celebrate the great poet’s birthday why not experience the Northern Capital like he did? From the majestic Bronze Horseman to the scene of his final duel, take a look at the places which are now forever associated with Pushkin.   The… Continue reading

More

March 8th – Celebrating Women’s Day in Russia

March 8th - Celebrating Women's Day in Russia

Every year on March 8th Russian women become the center of attention. This day is reserved for Russian men to pamper their wife, girlfriend, mother, sisters and favorite female co-workers with flowers, little presents or just an extra bit of attention. In a way, Women’s Day in Russia is like a mixture between Valentine’s and… Continue reading

More

5 Most Important Facts about Defender of the Fatherland Day

Defender of the Fatherland Day

Have you ever heard about Defender of the Fatherland Day? Or as it is called in Russian День защитника Отечества (Den’ zaschtschitnika Otschestva)? If not- Don’t worry. I have gathered the most important information for you in the list below. Do not miss this chance to expand your knowledge of Russian culture and history! What… Continue reading

More