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30 Sep
2013
Icon painting became a tradition in ancient Rus’ after its convertion to Orthodox Christianity in 988 CE. These icons (иконы) followed the model and the formulas established by Byzantine art. However, as time passed, Russia widened the range of types and styles more than any other country in the Orthodox world. Russian icons are often ...
25 Sep
2013
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 ...
23 Sep
2013
The Legend of Sadko and The Sea Tsar Byliny (Былины) are East Slavic oral epic narrative poems from the Medieval era. They take historical elements and turn it into fictional stories. A very famous legend in Byliny is the one of Sadko (Садко). Sadko was a musician who played the gusli (a multichord Russian instrument) ...
13 Sep
2013
Image: Baba Yaga © Rima Staines www.rimastaines.com Unfortunate Friday 13th: The Story of Evil Baba Yaga Friday 13th is traditionally an unfortunate day in Russia, and so it is the appropriate day to write about a dreadful and evil figure of Russian folklore, Baba Yaga (Баба-Яга). Who is Baba Yaga? Baba Yaga is a magic ...
12 Sep
2013
Here we continue our reviews of Russian films. This week, we show you a list of 5 great movies from the 21st century. This is a great way to get acquainted with contemporary Russian cinema. 1) Night Watch (Ночной дозор) Nochnoy Dozor is a supernatural thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov. The movie is set in ...
09 Sep
2013
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 ...
05 Sep
2013
Russia is famous for soups like Borsht and Shchi. But have you ever heard of Solyanka (солянка)? This Russian dish is thick, spicy and sour all at the same time. Typically, the soup is packed full of different kinds of meat,  such as beef, ham, sausage, chicken or even fish. However, like most Russian soups,  ...
04 Sep
2013
Ready for 5 iconic Russian films from the 90’s?! After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russian cinema developed and many films produced in the 90’s show this evolution. Movies dealt with problems such as the new-born relationships between Russia and Western countries. Here is a top 5 of movies from the 90’s. 1) East/West ...
04 Sep
2013
Any study of modern Russian culture would be incomplete without watching some classic Russian animated films. Even as early as the Tsarist era, Russia established itself as a pioneer in animation. However, the Soviet era produced the most memorable films and characters. Certainly the most famous of these soviet animated characters is the loveable little ...
02 Sep
2013
One of the most distinctive and recognizable items produced in Russia is the Matryoshka doll (матрёшка). A Matryoshka is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size, each one depicting the same subject, placed one into the other. The most common subject is a Russian countryside woman in a traditional red dress. However, the themes ...