Lev Yashin: human story of a legend

Lev Yashin goalkeeper save

After saving two penalties in Russia’s match against Spain, Igor Akinfeev has become a Russian national hero. However, he is far from the greatest вратарь (goalkeeper) in football history. That honour goes to Lev Yashin, the Black Spider. His is a story of strength, courage and resilience.   Against the odds Yashin was born to… Continue reading


S-189 Submarine

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to travel back in time and visit one of the last remaining Soviet diesel submarines still afloat. Docked just off of Naberezhnaya Leytenanta Shmidtaon (набережная лейтенанта шмидта) on Vasilyevsky Island (Васильевский остров), the S-189 sub is fully restored and now open to the public, allowing visitors to see just what… Continue reading