Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” while in Russia to hopefully avoid any awkward encounters. Number of Flowers in a Bouquet Last year, while I was in St. Petersburg, I went to buy flowers for my teacher on my last day. Not knowing that even number bouquets are reserved for funerals, I bought a bouquet ...
What is VK? If you’ve never heard of VK, like I hadn’t a year ago, you might be a bit confused. VK is the most popular social networking site in Russia, with over 300 million users registered there alone! It was set up in 2006 by Pavel Durov after he graduated from St Petersburg State ...
Ivan Bunin in 1933 “for the strict artistry with which he has carried on the classical Russian traditions in prose writing”. It was the first time a Nobel Prize had been awarded to someone in exile, in essence honouring the value of literature as a median distinct from politics. Bunin, like may other Russians at ...
Of course, Saint Petersburg is bathed in history. As a city, it holds great significance regarding the Russian Revolution of 1917. So much so, that it is sometimes referred to as the cradle of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution was a monumental event which took place in the earlier stages of the 20th century. ...
Education, education, and education. An integral part of society across the world. Образование (education) of all ages plays a particularly significant role in Russia which is illustrated by the tradition which has become День знаний (The day of knowledge). This takes place every year on Первое сентября (The first of September). It is on this ...
Saint Petersburg is, of course, renowned for housing some of the most marvellous museums, beautiful buildings and majestic monuments in the world. Despite the fact that they are all lovely in their own right, these are not the only things that the city has to offer to visitors and residents alike. Sometimes, it is simply ...
Russian Wedding Traditions If you happen to find love whilst studying in Russia, you may like to know what is in store for you on your special day. Here are some Russian wedding traditions. Engagement Historically, the engagement was the most important part of the ceremony. The parents of the bride and groom would sit ...
The recent incident in which Russian TV channel TVT censored a mild swear-word caused great hilarity among TV viewers. Russian law states certain expletives, as laid down in an official list, must be bleeped out on television. A very sensible law in today’s world, many would be inclined to comment. However, during the recent airing ...
Teremok (теремок) is the very well loved blini (блины) chain that only existed in Russia… until now! Teremok, having enjoyed huge success in Moscow and St Petersburg, specialising in Russian pancakes, have announced plans to open a restaurant in New York! This will be the first Teremok restaurant outside Russia, and will also be the ...