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March 8, 2014
International Women's Day: A Look Back
International Women's Day: A Look Back

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origins and not-so-socialist present form.

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Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
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December 26, 2013
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

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
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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!

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

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
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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
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January 14, 2009
Independence Day
Independence Day

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
Rating: 5.0 stars
January 10, 2008
Twin Christmases

In February 1582, the Catholic Church, in the person of Pope Gregory the thirteenth, decreed a new, more accurate calendar to replace the Julian calendar, which had been in use since 45 BC. The revision meant dropping 10 days off the year...

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Tags: holidays, christmas, russia
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