Tag Archives: culture

20 Aug
2021
Russia is known for its complex bureaucracy. I remember reading an article on the Guardian years ago about how simple tasks, such as dry-cleaning your clothes, can take a lot of paperwork and signatures. Why is it that way? I do not know. That said, what I can do is to give some tips to ...
07 Aug
2021
Russia is a vast country with a complex and fascinating history. It has made important contributions to humanity and always leaves plenty to talk about. And of course, being the largest country in the world, it is not surprising that it hides many curious facts. If you want to find out some of them, this ...
02 Aug
2021
The Little-Known History of Kostroma’s Statue of Lenin I study at Durham University, which is twinned with the Russian city of Kostroma, located North-East of Moscow. This connection between the cities has led to me learning a lot about this town and its traditions. For me, one of the most interesting parts of the town ...
30 Jul
2021
Interesting Characters Found in Russian Folklore Reading fairy tales and folklore can tell you a lot about a country and its culture. Russian folklore is full of interesting recurring characters, all with fascinating habits and powers. Here are some of my favourite characters that you will often stumble across when reading Russian folk stories. Nightingale ...
29 Jul
2021
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We are all a product of where we are from: every culture has its own sets of behaviours that we adopt, sometimes without being aware of it. Russia is no different. After three years of learning Russian, socialising with them and spending some time in Russia, I have noticed some typical Russian habits. Sometimes, I like ...
16 Jul
2021
5 Soviet Films You Can Watch on YouTube Since 2011, Mosfilm (Мосфильм) has been uploading many of its classic films on YouTube for free. If you are interested in Soviet cinema, this is a great chance to watch some really interesting films whilst improving your Russian. Here are 5 Soviet films that I really enjoyed ...
28 Jun
2021
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Foreigns in Russia will no doubt have encountered things or people they do not understand. Sometimes, this makes life complicated. Other times, it makes for a funny situation. Maybe something that was scary or strange at first end up being funny once you’ve dealt with it. Here is one story of mine, which is the ...
15 Mar
2021
Contrary to what many people might imagine, Soviet supermarket shelves were not stacked with rows of brand-less commodities. In fact, the process of brand-creation was closely tied to the State’s economic-political agenda. Brands were not only considered to be potential mechanisms for market control, but were intended to represent socialism’s capability of punching with the ...
13 Oct
2020
New intern Olivia: Freshly arrived and very happy! I’m Olivia, a third year student of German and Russian at Cambridge University, UK. This year I’m on my year abroad, so I spent the past three months working in Berlin, and have now arrived in Moscow to intern and study Russian at the Liden & Denz ...
05 Sep
2020
Moscow is home to many great architectural styles from old to modern, extraordinary, phenomenal and much more. The Russian capital offers many buildings which are definitely worth seeing. Keep on reading to find out more about some unusual buildings that stand out from the crowd. Why not discover them on your next trip there?   ...