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

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Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov Today, the 10th November, is the birthday of the world famous Russian inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov. He created the probably most popular gun in history, the AK-47. It is an automatic rifle first time produced in 1947 and still being made today. Mikhail Kalashnikov was born in 1919 in Kurya in the Altai Krai.… Continue reading

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Latvia the colonial power

Latvia the colonial power

Latvia the colonial power Latvia is the smallest nation that ever was a colonial power. In the 17th century the legendary Duchy of Courland set up colonies in Tobago and Gambia. The ancient Baltic tribes (Curonians, Semigallians, Latgalians,  Selonians) were not really peaceful farmers – they were fierce warriors and excellent sailors. Some say they were… Continue reading

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A Russian legend celebrates his birthday today

Ever heard of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy? Probably yes. The Russian writer counts to one of the greatest authors of all time. He was born on  9th September 1828, hence today is his birthday! The novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) are regarded as his most known compositions. Tolstoy was born in Tula… Continue reading

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Lolita Anniversary

Lolita

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” With these words opens the book with the enticing accolade of ‘most controversial ever written’. Exactly fifty eight… Continue reading

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August 15th –Tretyakov Gallery Public Opening

Tretyakov Gallery

Today marks  the anniversary of one of the most significant days for Russian cultural heritage, as on August 15th 1893, the Tretyakov gallery was officially opened to the public. The gifting of the gallery to the state was a major stepping stone in raising the profile of Russian art. Pavel Tretyakov, the eponoymous founder, came… Continue reading

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August 8th 1945 – USSR declares war on Japan

Soviet-Japanese war

Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the beginning of the Russian-Japanese war. The invasion liberated Manchuria, and Mongolia from the control of Imperial Japan. It proved to be decisive in forcing Japan’s eventual unconditional surrender. In 1941, Japan and the USSR signed a neutrality pact. This prevented conflict between the USSR and the areas of… Continue reading

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Pavel Cherenkov

Pavel Cherenkov

Pavel Cherenkov Today (July 28th) would be the 112th birthday of Nobel prize winning Russian scientist Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov. Cherenkov was born into a peasant family in the small village of Novaya Chigla, on the central belt of the European part of Russia. Despite this difficult upbringing, he still managed to go to university and… Continue reading

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