How did Russians commemorate 80 years since the Siege of Leningrad? On September 8th 1941, the blockade of Leningrad began, when the ring of Nazi German troops and their allies around the city was closed. The blockade lasted 872 days, and sources vary but somewhere between 400,000 to 1,500,000 people died. Nazi Germany planned for ...
A Short History of День Победы Victory Day is one of the most important celebrations in Russia. It marks the end of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). On 8 May 1944 at 22.45, Berlin time, Nazi Germany signed an act of Unconditional Surrender: this equated to 00.43, Moscow time, hence why Victory Day is marked ...
The Russian wood stove The wood stove forms the center of a traditional Russian house. This type of stove is very expansive in size, but very efficient when it comes to energy. Because of its design, heat can be retained for a long time. A good stove requires fueling only twice a day. This significant element ...
Today I was fortunate enough to witness a military parade on Red Square. The parade was commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet parade on the anniversary of the October Revolution, immediately after which the soldiers marched to the front and successfully defended Moscow from an impending Nazi assault. The event is not held yearly, ...