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Accomplished photographer Dmitry Markov takes us on a tour of Pskov, "Where Russia Begins."Read More
Teacher Ilona Isayeva shares with us some of the charms of Kandalaksha, a small industrial town on the White Sea.Read More
Journalist Irina Mordasova and photographer Konstantin Chalabov give us a tour of Veliky Novgorod, a history lover's paradise.Read More
In 1865, vodka joined bears and matryoshkas as an eternal symbol of Russia. Here's how it happened, plus nine trivia tidbits on Russia's most beloved, harmful, and historical libation.Read More
Photographer Anton Karliner explains why trains, a metro bridge, and World War II have a place in Novosibirsk history.Read More
Today marks the 185th birthday of the artist Ivan Shishkin, whose paintings evoke Russia's beauty and vastness. With a nickname like "Forest Tsar," his trees must be good.Read More
We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list.Read More
A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.Read More
Where we take you back in time to the collapse of the Soviet Union, through press and reportage as it unfolded at the time.Read More
Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev would have been 110 on December 19. There are plenty of fun facts and surprising jokes behind the eyebrows.Read More
Who was Rasputin? Why has his name become synonymous with the idea that the Russian monarchy was doomed? That is a mystery worth exploring today, on the 100th anniversary of his murder.Read More
Yulia Sulzhenko takes us to her hometown, Tyumen, Siberia's western capital, and the oil and gas capital of Russia.Read More
Photographer, painter, designer, and more, Alexander Rodchenko (born December 5, 1891) worked at the intersection of innovative art and radical politics. Here are 14 of his works.Read More
Vasily Kandinsky was a renowned abstract artist whose shapes and colors revolutionized twentieth-century modernist art. Here are 11 of his paintings in honor of his 150th.Read More
Photographer Oksana Yushko offers us a poignant look at Beslan, 12 years after the horrific tragedy there.Read More
Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...Read More
America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.Read More
The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from the mausoleum on Red Square on October 31, 1961. It may not be as spooky as Halloween, but the former leader still haunts Russia today.Read More
On October 14, 1991, St. Basil’s Cathedral was reopened after six decades. Here are five fun facts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral’s rebirth.Read More
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