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July 14, 2014
The First Russian Automobile
The First Russian Automobile
By Nina Shevchuk-Murray

July 14, 1896, is celebrated as the birthday of the Russian automobile – on this day, the first Russian-built motorcar with an internal combustion engine was introduced to the public at the Arts Exhibition in Nizhni Novgorod. 
 

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Tags: automobile, cars, inventions
July 13, 2014
Happy Russian Mail Day
Happy Russian Mail Day
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

In honor of the Day of Russian Mail (July 13 this year), we offer a crash course in the history of Russian mail delivery, from the yam stations of the Golden Horde to the Russian Post of modern Russia.

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Tags: mail, russia, russian post
July 4, 2014
Stranger on a Train
Stranger on a Train
By Alexei Bayer

Sample Alexei Bayer's myster novel Murder at the Dacha with this gripping incident on board a Moscow commuter train.

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July 1, 2014
Isaac Babel and Russian Jews
Isaac Babel and Russian Jews
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Ever wonder why so many Russian Jews ended up in the US? Perhaps it was the educational quotas, or the restrictions on travel and residence, or maybe the rampant anti-Semitism and violence – and all the other miseries chronicled by Jewish writer Isaac Babel.

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Tags: jews, isaac babel, russia, russian empire
June 22, 2014
World War II in Russian Memory
World War II in Russian Memory
By Nina Shevchuk-Murray

June 22nd, as any student of Soviet history knows, is the day remembered in the official histories as the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. Recent TV productions have sought to keep the state sanctioned view of the war alive in popular memory.

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Tags: war, world war ii, stalin, film
June 21, 2014
The Great Moscow Fire
The Great Moscow Fire
By Nina Shevchuk-Murray

June 21, 1547 is remembered as the day of the Great Moscow Fire. The wooden city was devastated, and the destruction was later taken as an omen portending the horrors of Ivan IV's reign. 

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Tags: moscow, history, Ivan the Terrible