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The New Ideological Fetish

The New Ideological Fetish

"A classical authoritarian power... does not pay that much attention to what the population thinks, and when it does, this attention is usually limited to a bunch of platitudes loudly proclaimed as the official ideology..."
Stalingrad

Stalingrad

This is a short excerpt from the first-ever English translation (by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler) of Grossman’s epic novel of the turning point in World War II.
Bite Marks

Bite Marks

Is Russia somehow different from other nations, or is it just like any other?
The Shah Bird

The Shah Bird

An excerpt from the fine new novel Zuleikha, by Guzel Yakhina, about a woman's survival in Siberia exile, inspired by childhood memories of the author's grandmother.

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Peace, Land, Bread
April 23, 2014

Peace, Land, Bread

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Peace! Land! Bread! This was the battle cry of the 1917 October Revolution (old calendar) that changed the history of Russia and indeed the entire world. Since the time of Ivan the Terrible, the tsars concentrated on centralization of their power and control. The most common way of doing this was to take power away from the nobility, appeasing them by giving them dominion over their land and workers. This soon developed into the oppressive, slave-style condition known as serfdom.

Why Don't Russians Smile?
January 10, 2014

Why Don't Russians Smile?

By The Editors

It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

Events for Russophiles

All Russian Program with the SF Symphony
October 24, 2019 to October 26, 2019

All Russian Program with the SF Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, CA

Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Karina Canellakis makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a presentation of music by two Russian heavyweights.

Wrestling with Angels: Icons from the Prosopon School
July 19, 2019 to October 27, 2019

Wrestling with Angels: Icons from the Prosopon School

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

An exhibition of forty-six luminous contemporary icons by sixteen iconographers from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography. Exploring the recent renaissance of this ancient tradition, the exhibition will feature icons by the founder of the Prosopon School, Vladislav Andrejev, along with works by master iconographers, instructors, and apprentices.

Claudio Koporossy. Acqua russa
September 14, 2019 to October 30, 2019

Claudio Koporossy. Acqua russa

Academy of Fine Arts | St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg

Water is the "magnificent obsession" of Claudio Koporossy. Koporossy is an Italian-Swiss photographer who has been working hard for years to capture in one click the infinite shapes of water that dance and resonate in the grandiose fountains located in squares and monumental gardens around the world.

Take it to the Curator
November 01, 2019

Take it to the Curator

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Want to know more about your icon? Bring your objects in for an assessment clinic provided by the members of the Museum's curatorial team. The assessment includes the approximate age of your icon, where and how it was made, and for what purpose it was made. Find out if your icon is a Church icon or an icon for domestic display, and receive information on conservation and appraisal services.

Healthy Basics of Russian Cuisine
November 02, 2019

Healthy Basics of Russian Cuisine

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Did you know that Russian cuisine is famous for its health benefits? In this fun cooking class, museum docent and teacher Larissa Dyan will teach the very basics of Russian cooking using ingredients such as beets, cabbage, buckwheat, sunflower oil, all known for their healing properties. Recipes include cooked buckwheat, sour/pickled/fermented cabbage, vinegret (vegetable and beet salad), cabbage salad, and buckwheat salad. At the end of the class, participants will enjoy this healthy Russian meal together.

Russian Alternative to French Perfume: The History of Soap Making in Russia
November 10, 2019

Russian Alternative to French Perfume: The History of Soap Making in Russia

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Marina Smirnov, creator and owner of Finist natural beauty products, presents the history of soap making in Russia. Marina will also speak about her soap-making practices that enhance the healing properties of herbs, clays, and essential oils, helping to recharge and restore balance and beauty.

Deceptively Modern Jewelry: 1940s to 1980s
October 23, 2019 to November 15, 2019

Deceptively Modern Jewelry: 1940s to 1980s

A La Vieille Russie | New York, NY

A La Vieille Russie, the jeweler known worldwide for their exquisite collection of unique Russian treasures and great vintage jewels, is excited to present their latest jewelry collection 'Deceptively Modern Jewelry: 1940s to 1980s.'

From Baikal to Brazil
November 23, 2019

From Baikal to Brazil

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater | Rockville, Maryland

The Washington Balalaika Society will feature MUSALLIANCE with two extraordinary musicians, Peter Omelchenko (domra) and Anna Kusner (guitar). The audience will also be treated to another stunning performance by WBS's Balalaika Concertmaster, Andrei Saveliev.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
November 24, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall | Newark, NJ

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs an afternoon of some of Russia’s greatest works conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko and featuring the extraordinary pianist Olga Kern as guest soloist.

From Baikal to Brazil
November 24, 2019

From Baikal to Brazil

Kenmore Performing Arts Theater | Arlington, Virginia

The Washington Balalaika Society will feature MUSALLIANCE with two extraordinary musicians, Peter Omelchenko (domra) and Anna Kusner (guitar). The audience will also be treated to another stunning performance by WBS's Balalaika Concertmaster, Andrei Saveliev.

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble from Russia in Concert
November 30, 2019

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble from Russia in Concert

St. James' Episcopal Church | Danbury, CT

The St. Peterburg Men's Ensemble from Russia, an award-winning a cappella quartet under the direction of Kirill Sokolov, will perform a concert of Russian sacred, classical and folk music.

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