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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
Rating: Zero stars
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
Rating: Zero stars
March 28, 2014
The Solution to Crimea Lies Through Finland
The Solution to Crimea Lies Through Finland

You have to hand it to History. She has a very well developed sense of irony. Exactly 160 years ago today the Crimean War began... While it is useful for the current crisis over Crimea and Ukraine to understand history, solving the crisis is more likely through analogy. 

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Rating: 4.5 stars
March 19, 2014
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!

Two writers, two different centuries, one number in common. Actually, Yuri Olesha and Nikolai Gogol have more in common than you think!

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Tags: gogol, olesha, russian literature
Rating: Zero stars