Marina Tsvetaeva’s birth anniversary

There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did… Continue reading

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Way to Celebrate International Teachers Day!

Teachers day

Way to Celebrate International Teachers Day Every year Teachers Day is celebrated on October 5th. People around the world spend the day celebrating and appreciating teachers for the vital role they play in society. In Russia, the holiday is observed by the country’s more than one million high school teachers and 350,000 university teachers. In… Continue reading

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Dmitri Shostakovich’s birth anniversary

Today (September 25) we celebrate Dmitri Shostakovich’s birth anniversary. He was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist, one of the most important figures of 20th-century music. Dmitri Shostakovich (Дмитрий Шостакович) rose to prominence thanks to the patronage of Soviet authorities, but he later developed a complex relationship with the government. However, he still managed to… Continue reading

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Tolstoy’s birth anniversary

Today (September 9) marks Tolstoy’s 185th birth anniversary. Lev Tolstoy (Лев Толстой), born in 1828, is arguably one of the greatest and most famous writers of all time, and his works inspired many writers in the following centuries. War and Peace (Война И Мир) and its follow-up Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина) reshaped the genre of… Continue reading

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Ivan IV’s birth anniversary

The anniversary of Ivan IV’s birth occurs this Sunday (August 25). Ivan IV (Иван IV) is probably the most famous Tsar of the first royal dynasty in Russia, the Ruriks. He is infamously known for its nickname, “The Terrible” (Грозный). However, this nickname was not used by the people in a negative way: the Russian… Continue reading

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The 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty

After the mixed up Times of Troubles following the death of Ivan IV, a spark of hope came from the ascension to the Russian throne of Mikhail Romanov (Михаил Романов) in 1613. This event marked the beginning of the Romanov reign. The Romanovs ruled Russia until 1917, and 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of their… Continue reading

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The 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty

After the mixed up Times of Troubles following the death of Ivan IV, a spark of hope came from the ascension to the Russian throne of Mikhail Romanov (Михаил Романов) in 1613. This event marked the beginning of the Romanov reign. The Romanovs ruled Russia until 1917, and 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of their… Continue reading

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On this day – 14th of June

Although one may find it hard to assess the immediate legacy of events which took place on the Battleship Potemkin on the 14th of June 1905. The symbolic value of this date has been amplified through the popularisation of the cinematography of one of Russia’s earliest and most influential directors. While it is perhaps true… Continue reading

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