The busy lives of Russian children

Every weekday Alexei goes home from school in the afternoon, but his day does not end there. Monday is piano, Tuesday is chess, Wednesday is piano, Thursday is dance, and Friday is math lesson. Let’s not forget hockey on the weekend.  This example is fictional, but Russians will for sure recognise this from their childhood.… Continue reading

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Soviet Union Hipsters – Stilyagi

Soviet Union Hipsters - Stilyagi

For foreigners curious about Russia, the first place they usually go is to Russian films. Lucky for them, there’s a great number of Russian films widely available on the internet today. Mosfilm for instance upload their large catalogue on Youtube and include English subtitles. Here is an open window into Russian and Soviet culture that… Continue reading

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There’s an International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg!

ballet dancer next to caption reading 'Russian ballet in Saint Petersburg'

Ballet has its origins in 15th century Italy. Although the art form quickly spread to the rest of Western Europe, it wasn’t introduced to Russia until much later, as part of Peter the Great’s efforts to modernise the country in the 18th century. With the patronage of Empress Anna and, later, Catherine the Great, Russian… Continue reading

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RibEye – A different kind of Restaurant!

RibEye – A different kind of Restaurant! Have you ever heard about the RibEye [Рибай] restaurant in Saint Petersburg? If your answer is “No” you need to check this different kind of restaurant out! As the name already applies, it is a steak house – but you have definitely never been to a steak house… Continue reading

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