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Potemkin Villages (Потемкинские деревни): The Story Behind the Russian Idiom

04 Aug 2021

Потемкинские деревни, which can be translated as Potemkin villages, is a curious idiom found in Russian, which is also sometimes used in English. It is used to describe a ...
25 Aug 2017

Saint Petersburg is adorned with many beautiful parks which are located close to the city. They are all easy to reach, but the one which always sticks out in my mind, however, ...
05 Jul 2017

1250
With good reason known to these days as Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress was one of the most fascinating and powerful rulers ever. Despite her being an outsider, ...
30 May 2016

Tsaritsino: nature and architecture at its best! In the early XIXth century the Russian poet Andrey Raevskiy wrote: “Всë, что природа изящного, что искусство прекрасного ...
02 May 2014

1415
Empress Catherine was born as Sophie Augusta Frederica of Anhalt-Zerbst (Principality of Holy Roman Empire) on 2 May 1729 in a family of high nobility but not belonging to a ...