A Jazz Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

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There was a saying in the former Soviet Union: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland”. Back then, jazz was seen as Western, subversive and something not to be trusted. Fortunately, times have changed, and today St. Petersburg attracts top jazz performers from across Russia and indeed the world. Every year, the… Continue reading

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In Addition to AK-47, What Russian Weapons Do You Know?

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In Addition to AK-47, What Russian Weapons Do You Know? The Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps is not only the oldest military museum in Russia, but also one of the most significant military-historical museums in the world. The Museum collection occupies 13 rooms with a total area of over 17,000 square meters… Continue reading

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Why is the first pancake always lumpy? Russian idiom explained

This well-known phrase has not so obvious explanation. According to a modern spelling ПЕРВЫЙ БЛИН КОМОМ, it literally means “the first pancake is always a lumpy one” and reminds us not to expect the first attempt to be successful. But historically, the phrase has more to do with bears than with cooking. Ancient Slavonic tribes… Continue reading

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