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The New Year is Russia’s biggest holiday. But where does it come from – and why does it look so suspiciously like Western Christmas?Read More
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.Read More
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...."Read More
Our annual consideration of some great gift ideas for Russophiles. Now available online as well!Read More
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.Read More
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