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The Legend of Sadko and The Sea Tsar

23 Sep 2013

The Legend of Sadko and The Sea Tsar Byliny (Былины) are East Slavic oral epic narrative poems from the Medieval era. They take historical elements and turn it into fictional ...
13 Sep 2013

Image: Baba Yaga © Rima Staines www.rimastaines.com Friday 13th is traditionally an unfortunate day in Russia, and so it is the appropriate day to write about a dreadful ...
12 Sep 2013

Here we continue our reviews of Russian films. This week, we show you a list of 5 great movies from the 21st century. This is a great way to get acquainted with contemporary ...
09 Sep 2013

Today (September 9) marks Tolstoy’s 185th birth anniversary. Lev Tolstoy (Лев Толстой), born in 1828, is arguably one of the greatest and most famous writers of all time, and ...
04 Sep 2013

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russian cinema developed and many films produced in the 90’s show this evolution. Movies dealt with problems such as the new-born ...
03 Sep 2013

The Russian Museum (Государственный Русский Музей) is the largest depository of Russian Art in St. Petersburg. Tsar Nicholas II (Николай II) created it in order to commemorate ...
02 Sep 2013

One of the most distinctive and recognizable items produced in Russia is the Matryoshka doll (матрёшка). A Matryoshka is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size, each one ...
28 Aug 2013

Top 5 Iconic Russian comedies Cinema is one of Russia’s finest arts. Here we present a countdown of Russian Soviet comedies. They have become cult movies in Russia, with many ...
26 Aug 2013

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В бане помылся — заново родился. (Washing yourself in the banya is like being born again.) The term “banya” (баня) in Russia refers to a local type of Sauna. Banya is a ...
23 Aug 2013

The anniversary of Ivan IV’s birth occurs this Sunday (August 25). Ivan IV (Иван IV) is probably the most famous Tsar of the first royal dynasty in Russia, the Ruriks. He is ...
21 Aug 2013

Kupetz Eliseevs (Магазин Купцов Елизеевых) is the city’s finest foodhall and another piece of eye-catching Art Nouveau architecture on Nevsky Prospekt (Невский Проспект). ...
20 Aug 2013

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Александро-Невская лавра) is located at the heart of St. Petersburg, just at the end of Nevsky Prospect. As many other things in the city, the ...