Vera, Nadezhda and Lyubov: The history of three Christian martyrs

Vera Nadezhda Lyubov

I have always known that Vera (Вера) is a Russian name, and when coming to Russia I wanted to learn more about it. I found out that there is actually a really interesting story behind it and I am thrilled to share it with you. The name Вера means Faith in Russian, and the famous… Continue reading

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Veliky Novgorod: a cradle of Ancient Russia

Veliky Novgorod is known as a cradle of Ancient Russia. It was founded during the 10th century, which makes it one of the oldest cities in Russia. The city is situated between Moscow and Saint Petersburg and has a very rich and distinct history. So, in case you happen to be in the area, I… Continue reading

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History of the Russian Language

Understanding the origins of the Russian language is not only an important step in understanding the language itself, but can also offer a wealth of insight into the culture of the peoples who speak it. With a rich lexicon that is built around an intricate grammatical system, Russian is characterised by the same nuances of… Continue reading

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The Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg (Алые Паруса)

The Scarlet Sails – or Алые Паруса (Alye Parusa) – is one of the main public events of the Russian Summer, and for any visitors who are lucky enough to be staying in St.Petersburg this year on the night of the 23rd June – when the famous White Nights are at their brightest – there… Continue reading

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Поехали! – Cosmonautics Day in Russia

Cosmonautics Day in Russia

Every year on April 12, Cosmonautics Day commemorates the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. This day is considered a significant date in the history and pioneering spirit of space travel. With its first manned space flight, the former Soviet Union set a decisive milestone for the future of space travel –… Continue reading

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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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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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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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