How the Dynasty Begun With Michael I – The First Romanov


How the Dynasty Begun With Michael I – The First Romanov 12th July was the birthday of Michael (Михаил) Romanov of Russia. Michael was the first Tsar of the house of Romanov in 1613. The dynasty lasted for 300 years on the Russian throne. Nicholas II and his family celebrated its tercentenary in 1913, but… Continue reading


25 years since the election of Boris Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin

25 years since the election of Boris Yeltsin Today marks 25 years since the Russian people chose Boris Yeltsin as their first popularly elected president in Russia’s history. Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was born in a small Village outside of the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. He spent his early working life in the construction industry.  In 1961 he joined… Continue reading


The Treaty of Tilsit

this day in history 7 July

The Treaty of Tilsit On 7th July 1807, Napoleon and Alexander I signed the Treaty of Tilsit, which marked the end of the war between Russia and France. The treaty was unusual in that it was signed on a raft in the middle of the Neman river near the town of Tilsit, which is now… Continue reading


Pavel Pestel

Decembrist Pavel Pestel

The Decembrist – Pavel Pestel 5th July marks the birthday one of the most famous of the Decembrists, Pavel Ivanovich Pestel. The Decembrists were young revolutionary army officers, who led a revolt against Tsar Nicholas I in 1825. The Decembrists wanted Russia to adopt democracy, a western style constitution and abolition of serfdom. However the Decembrist Revolt failed.… Continue reading


A look at Japan and Russia’s shared history

Japan-Russia's relationship

A look at Japan and Russia’s shared history Today marks the beginning of the 10th festival of Japanese culture, ‘Garden of Pleasures’ in Saint Petersburg. This festival takes place every year, and will last until the 24th of June. It aims to strengthen and develop relations between Japan and Russia, as well as educate people… Continue reading


С днём рождения, Чайковский!

Привет всем! Today I’d like to continue to talk about art and music of the russian culture. Within some days (May 7) will be the birthday of one of the most famous russian composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский). He is known all over the world for his amazing compositions and his music is… Continue reading


1 Мая – Праздник Весны и Труда – Spring and Labor Day

May has officially begun! And in Russia this means that also the “майские праздники” (May holidays) had started. Russian people really loves these holidays because they finally can relax and spend some time with the family. These festivities are: May 1 (Праздник Весны и Труда – Spring and Labor day) and May 9 (День Победы… Continue reading


Emperor Peter I orders: “You can marry after Graduation”

Emperor Peter I

Emperor Peter I: “You can marry after Graduation” On January 31, 1714, Russian Emperor Peter I, aspiring to boost the literacy level amongst teenage members of the nobility, issued his decree only allowing young men to get married after they had completed their studies. In the strictest sense, it was not until Peter’s coming to… Continue reading