Ivan the Terrible: the story of Russia’s expansion

Ivan the Terrible

Today Russia is the largest country on Earth by area, and covers more than one-eighth of the planet’s inhabited land area. But how did it get to be so big? The answer to this question lies all the way back in the 16th century with the Russian ruler Ivan IV, known as Ivan the Terrible.… Continue reading

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Goodbye Russia! Oli, Signing off

Oli st. isaacs

Goodbye Russia! Oli, Signing off After several months in Russia, it is time for me to say goodbye. I have had a wonderful time here at Liden & Denz and I have met some lovely people. Although I had already had some experience of Russia and St. Petersburg, I still can’t help but feel like… Continue reading

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Russian Emigre Literature – Nabokov and identity

Nabokov and emigre literature

A lesser known part of Russian history is the widespread emigration that happened during the Soviet Union. After the Communist revolution in 1917, a vast wave of 1-3 million Russian intellectuals, teachers and nobility were forced to flee the former Russian Empire. Among these emigrants were the famous literary figures Nabokov, Brodsky and Bunin, who… Continue reading

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Did you say Fabergé?

Fabergé - Coronation egg

A very Russian institution The St. Petersburg metro is often praised for its beauty but it is also a place full of little stores, nooks and crannies which I found myself looking at yesterday. About everything and anything can be found there from a kitten calendar and the newest Russian romance novels to pens, newspapers… Continue reading

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Summer in Texas, Winter in Russia

I feel betrayed. Absolutely betrayed. It’s been three whole days in Moscow and I haven’t seen a single bear, a trace of snow or even a bottle of vodka. I flew all the way from Texas… for this?! To be fair, the first time I came to Russia was by accident. Well, as accidentally as… Continue reading

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