March 8th – Celebrating Women’s Day in Russia

March 8th - Celebrating Women's Day in Russia

Every year on March 8th Russian women become the center of attention. This day is reserved for Russian men to pamper their wife, girlfriend, mother, sisters and favorite female co-workers with flowers, little presents or just an extra bit of attention. In a way, Women’s Day in Russia is like a mixture between Valentine’s and… Continue reading


August 8th 1945 – USSR declares war on Japan

Soviet-Japanese war

Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the beginning of the Russian-Japanese war. The invasion liberated Manchuria, and Mongolia from the control of Imperial Japan. It proved to be decisive in forcing Japan’s eventual unconditional surrender. In 1941, Japan and the USSR signed a neutrality pact. This prevented conflict between the USSR and the areas of… Continue reading


Battle of Borodino

In Borodino, a small town located 150km away from Moscow, took place on the 7th of September 1812 a decisive battle of the Russian Patriotic war ( known by the French as Campaign of Russia). The great patriotic war opposed two very powerful armies: Napoleon’s Grande Armee and the Russian Imperial Army, commanded by Barclay… Continue reading


October 8: Leo Tolstoy rejected the Nobel Prize

Leo Tolstoy

October 8: Leo Tolstoy rejected the Nobel Prize 108 years ago today, one of the world’s greatest authors rejected the Nobel Prize: Leo Tolstoy! When the first Nobel Prize winner, the French poet Rene Sully-Prudhomme, was announced in 1901, many of Tolstoy’s admirers were disappointed. This was especially true in the Swedish literature circle, where… Continue reading


September 15th – World’s first велосипед

Cyclists! You may not be aware of this, but you have a peasant by the name of ‘Efim Artamonov’ to thank for your preferred mode of transport. On September 15th, 1801, the world’s first велосипед (bicycle) was present to Tsar Alexander I. Though there have been a few claims to the title of inventor of… Continue reading


September 5th – Could you live without your beard?

September 5th – Do you know what day it is? Here’s a hint: if you have facial hair, you might just be glad that you’re living in 2014, and not 1698. On this day in 1698 Peter the Great introduced a beard tax. You’re probably familiar with some of the exploits, peculiarities and rampages of… Continue reading


121 years of Tretyakov Gallery

On the 15th of August in 1893, 121 years ago, one of the largest museums of the world was opened to the public: The State Tretyakov Gallery (Государственная Третьяковская Галерея)! The Tretyakov Gallery is an art gallery in Moscow and it is the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world! In 1856, the… Continue reading


Kruzenstern: a naval hero in Russian history

On the 7th of August in 1803, Ivan Kruzenstern led the first Russian round-the-world expedition. Ivan Kruzenstern was a Baltic-German admiral and explorer. In 1787, he joined the Russian imperial navy and served in the war against Sweden from 1789-1790. After that, he studied seamanship in England and took part in battling French ships. When… Continue reading