The October Revolution

The October Revolution (Октяврьская Револуция), commonly referred to as Red October or Bolshevik Revolution, was a political overthrow that took place in the larger context of the Russian Revolution of 1917. This uprising followed and capitalized on the results of the February Revolution of the same year. The Bolsheviks led the revolt, with an army… Continue reading

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The Russian avant-garde

The term Russian avant-garde (Русский Авангард) defines the large and influential wave of modern art that flourished in Russia in the first part of the 20th century. A lot of art movements emerged at the time. Those styles were separate and different, although inextricably related. The first hints of a new style taking over came… Continue reading

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2 Most Famous Writers of Russian Fables And Fairy Tales

Russian fables

2 Most Famous Writers of Russian Fables And Fairy Tales Russia has a long tradition of fairy tales and fables. Krylov is the most famous writer of fables, and he is considered the Russian La Fontaine. On the other hand, Afanasyev’s fairy tales are regarded as the Russian equivalent to the Brothers Grimm’s ones. Ivan… Continue reading

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Lermontov’s birth anniversary

I would make any sacrifice but this; twenty times I can stake my life, even my honour, but my freedom I shall never sell. Why do I prize it so much? … What am I aiming at? Nothing, absolutely nothing. From A Hero of Our Time (Герой Нашего Времени) Today we celebrate Lermontov’s birth anniversary.… Continue reading

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Kazan Cathedral

Kazanskiy Sobor (Казанский Собор) is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on Nevsky Prospekt. It is dedicated to the most venerated icon in Russia, Our Lady of Kazan (Казанская Богоматерь). The church has an unusual look for Russian standards, since it was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Construction started in the beginning… Continue reading

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Marina Tsvetaeva’s birth anniversary

There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did… Continue reading

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Russian ventures in outer space

Today (October 4) we celebrate the Day of Outer Space Forces in Russia (День Космических Войск). Russian ventures in outer space are glorious: the Soviet Union, while competing with the USA, achieved many pioneering accomplishments in space flight. For instance, Yuri Gagarin (Юрий Гагарин) was the first man to travel into outer space, when his… Continue reading

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Dmitri Shostakovich’s birth anniversary

Today (September 25) we celebrate Dmitri Shostakovich’s birth anniversary. He was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist, one of the most important figures of 20th-century music. Dmitri Shostakovich (Дмитрий Шостакович) rose to prominence thanks to the patronage of Soviet authorities, but he later developed a complex relationship with the government. However, he still managed to… Continue reading

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