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December 26, 2013
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

The New Year is Russia’s biggest holiday. But where does it come from – and why does it look so suspiciously like Western Christmas?

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Tags: russia, holiday, holidays, peter the great, communists, bolsheviks, new year's eve
October 28, 2013
Halloween Week: Get your Putin (and Brezhnev and Lenin) Masks here!
Halloween Week: Get your Putin (and Brezhnev and Lenin) Masks here!
By Bureau of Fun

We're all about public service. We just want to help you get through Halloween... You decide if the mask is scary or distinguished, awful or awesome.

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February 20, 2012
Bliny
Bliny
By Anton Chekhov

In honor of Maslenitsa, we offer this great story/essay by Chekhov on bliny: "Did you know that bliny have been around for over a thousand years, since what is known as the old Slavonic ab ovo...? They appeared on earth before Russian history began and have lived through it all from the beginning to the last page, without any doubt, invented, like the samovar, by Russian minds...."

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Tags: bliny, holidays, maslenitsa, chekhov
December 18, 2009
Annual Holiday Gift Guide
Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Our annual consideration of some great gift ideas for Russophiles. Now available online as well!

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Tags: gifts, russia, holidays
January 14, 2009
Independence Day
Independence Day
By Linda DeLaine

In most countries, Independence Day conjures up images of grand celebration, fireworks, family get-togethers, parades and so on. These celebrations commemorate the declaration and establishment of sovereignty by a colony or nation occupied and governed by another nation. This is not exactly the case with Russia's Independence Day.

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Tags: independence, august coup, yeltsin, gorbachev