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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.
Castle of Concrete

Castle of Concrete

In this new novel, set in the final year of the Soviet Union, young Sonya is reunited with her once-dissident mother, and they are on their way to navigating a new life together.
Returning from Afar

Returning from Afar

An excerpt from Benson Bobrick’s new book, a memoir of his life and work as a writer.
A Double Life

A Double Life

An excerpt from the new translation of a novel by Karolina Pavlova (1807-1893), translated by Barbara Heldt.

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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.

Events for Russophiles

Film: Brother Azari
December 07, 2019

Film: Brother Azari

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Brother Azari is a film-memoir of Azari Plisetsky, brother of the great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, pedagogue and choreographer. He has lived his life in the shadow of his renowned sister. The film discloses Azari Plistesky's own enormous talent as a ballet dancer, teacher, and founder of a ballet school in Cuba.

Christmas Tree Nesting Doll Workshop
December 08, 2019

Christmas Tree Nesting Doll Workshop

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Treat yourself for the holidays, or create a special gift for someone. Join docent and teacher Larissa Dyan for this fun and festive Christmas tree matryoshka (nesting doll) workshop, where you will hear the story of the Russian nesting doll and create your own three-piece set featuring a Christmas tree, Santa, and snowman.

Annual Winter Concert with Piano Virtuoso Ivan Gusev
December 15, 2019

Annual Winter Concert with Piano Virtuoso Ivan Gusev

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

This year's annual winter concert features the talented and brilliant concert pianist Ivan Gusev. In his first full-length performance at the Museum, Gusev presents an all-Russian program featuring Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky's ten-piece suite, "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 01, 2019 to December 30, 2019

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Talmi Entertainment Tour Mgnt | Pittsfield, MA

Moscow Ballet announces the Gift of Christmas Tour, coming to cities large and small, from Boston to Los Angeles, and Vancouver to Miami, with Great Russian Nutcracker performances.

55th Petroushka Ball
February 07, 2020

55th Petroushka Ball

The Plaza Hotel | New York, New York

The 55th Annual Petroushka Ball to benefit the charitable programs of the Russian Children's Welfare Society (RCWS) will take place in The Plaza Grand Ballroom.

The Faces of Russia
November 17, 2019 to February 29, 2020

The Faces of Russia

Lazare Gallery, Moscow School of Russian Realism | Charles City, Virginia

Art Historians consider Lazare Gallery's collection of art, by some of Russian's most influential artists, as the poetry of the 20th century. These masterfully painted works depict people, their lives and surrounding nature.

World Premiere ballet by Alexei Ratmansky
March 05, 2020 to March 08, 2020

World Premiere ballet by Alexei Ratmansky

Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Costa Mesa, CA

American Ballet Theatre will premiere a new full-length production, titled "Of Love and Rage," choreographed by renowned Russian choreographer and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.

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