Tag Archives: Russian Culture

12 Nov
2020
Understanding the Russian Soul The concept of the Russian soul (русская душа) is quite famous, and describes the idea that certain character traits are unique to the Russian nation. It kind of goes without saying that people have traits which are given to them by the culture they inhabit, but most people don’t talk about ...
15 Oct
2020
The story of the rusalka and the vodyanoy Russian mythology has various underwater characters: the vodyanoy (водяной) is the male water spirit, and the rusalka (русалка) his female counterpart. As you may have already guessed, the vodyanoy marries the rusalka, and they live happily ever after. Only in reality it isn’t that simple… The vodyanoy ...
13 Oct
2020
New intern Olivia: Freshly arrived and very happy! I’m Olivia, a third year student of German and Russian at Cambridge University, UK. This year I’m on my year abroad, so I spent the past three months working in Berlin, and have now arrived in Moscow to intern and study Russian at the Liden & Denz ...
21 Sep
2020
Land of great contrasts, Russia stands before the eyes of us foreigners as an obscure, elusive land. Few among those who were not born there – and perhaps not even those who are, – can say to have fully understood it. Proof of this is also its extremely heterogeneous cultural heritage, which through its literature, ...
08 Jun
2020
Around 280 million people in the world speak Russian, which is very likely to be one of the reasons why also you decided to try to learn it. However, this number doesn’t include the people speaking dialects, nor all the derivative Slavic languages which are easily learnable once you acquired the basics of Russian. Therefore, ...
22 May
2020
I remember exactly the night before I had to leave Petersburg. It was the 31st of March, the night was mild and I sat on a bench in a park with my friends, enjoying our last moments together. Overwhelmed by hard feelings, but at the same time the willingness to enjoy every second of this ...
25 Apr
2020
Not many places in the world are as rich in History and culture as St. Petersburg is. If we all can’t wait to go back to one of its many museums, we can use our free time in quarantine to prepare our visits, so can enjoy our upcoming visits even more…so here is an overview ...
20 Apr
2020
When you think about visiting Russia, there are probably two places that come to mind: Moscow and St. Petersburg. But Russia is so much bigger than just Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the United States, we say that a person hasn’t seen the US if they’ve only been to New York or Los Angeles. The ...
06 Apr
2020
If one culture is known for having influenced and played an important diplomatic role in Russia, it is France. Especially in St. Petersburg, and in its cultural and artistic History, the influence of French philosophers and thinkers, notably during Enlightment is palpable. For this reason, I thought it would be interesting to compare Russian and ...
19 Mar
2020
A one-take single 96 minutes sequence shot. 4500 people involved in the making of the film to present the viewer three centuries of Russian history. Russian Ark (2002), the monumental masterpiece by director Alexander Sokurov, was recorded completely in 33 of the halls of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg thanks to an extraordinary ...