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29 August 2014


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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Obama's Speech in Moscow

Nice tribute to Russian culture in the president's speech to Moscow college students:

"I speak to you today with deep respect for Russia's timeless heritage. Russian writers have helped us understand the complexity of the human experience, and recognize eternal truths. Russian painters, composers, and dancers have introduced us to new forms of beauty. Russian scientists have cured disease, sought new frontiers of progress, and helped us go to space.

"These are contributions that are not contained by Russia's borders, as vast as those borders are. Indeed, Russia's heritage has touched every corner of the world, and speaks to the humanity that we share. That includes my own country, which has been blessed with Russian immigrants for decades; we've been enriched by Russian culture, and enhanced by Russian cooperation."
August 14, 2014
1741: The Year Russia Discovered America
1741: The Year Russia Discovered America

You probably know that Alaska was bought from Russia well over 100 years ago. But do you know how Russia came to lay claim to the territory in the first place? Hint: they were after furs.

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Tags: russia, united states, alaska, colonization
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August 1, 2014
Enhanced Interrogation, Soviet Style
Enhanced Interrogation, Soviet Style

A third excerpt from Alexei Bayer's mystery novel Murder at the Dacha. Inspector Matushkin visits a suburban police station and witnesses some "enhanced interrogation techniques" gone wrong.

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July 30, 2014
Tsarevich Alexei and the Worst 10th Birthday Ever
Tsarevich Alexei and the Worst 10th Birthday Ever

Late July and early August were busy times in 1914: not only was Russia's own heir apparent celebrating his 10th birthday, the world was devolving into the military chaos of World War I.
 

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Tags: romanov, romanovs, alexei, rasputin, world war i, russia, russian empire, tsarism
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July 18, 2014
Parley with a Gangster
Parley with a Gangster

A second sample from Alexei Bayer's mystery novel Murder at the Dacha. Here, inspector Pavel Matushkin redeems a favor to get some information from a gangster.

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July 14, 2014
The First Russian Automobile
The First Russian Automobile

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
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