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June 4, 2014
Measuring Like a Russian
Measuring Like a Russian

Ever wonder how many arshins tall you are? Or how many verst to the nearest grocery store? Get a sense from this list of old Slavic measurements.
 

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Tags: russia, history
Rating: Zero stars
May 1, 2014
This Just in From Ukraine...
This Just in From Ukraine...

Today is the 401st anniversary of the crowning of the first Romanov Tsar, Mikhail, in 1613, and the end of the "Time of Troubles." This of course has nothing to do with current events. Just thought I'd mention it in passing. 

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Tags: Crimea, Putin, united states, cold war
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April 23, 2014
Peace, Land, Bread
Peace, Land, Bread

Peace! Land! Bread! This was the battle cry of the 1917 October Revolution (old calendar) that changed the history of Russia and indeed the entire world. Since the time of Ivan the Terrible, the tsars concentrated on centralization of their power and control. The most common way of doing this was to take power away from the nobility, appeasing them by giving them dominion over their land and workers. This soon developed into the oppressive, slave-style condition known as serfdom.

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Tags: russia, history, russian revolution
Rating: 3.5 stars
April 22, 2014
Nabokov: What to Read
Nabokov: What to Read

Today is Vladimir Nabokov's birthday, so we asked Russian Life contributor and Nabokov expert Diana Bruk where to start when reading the master. She offers with five annotated recommendations.

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Tags: Nabokov, literature
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April 10, 2014
Subbotniks: Soviet "Days of Service"
Subbotniks: Soviet "Days of Service"

Once, a group of factory workers decided to work without pay for the war effort. Somehow their voluntary sacrifice became the entire Soviet Union's mandatory labor - all "for the greater good."

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Tags: ussr, russian history, subbotnik, lenin
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