Monday, January 09, 2017
We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list (under "Related Stories" below, shown not in the order of popularity, but in reverse chronological order). See if there are any you missed!
Meanwhile, the top ten most visited cities/regions in our Everyday Russia weekly feature were (in order of popularity): St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tver, Kursk, Altai, Veliky Ustyug, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar and Kamchatka. To explore them all, just hop over to the Everyday Russia page.
Ivan Kupala is technically St. John the Baptist Day. But the bonfires and skinny-dipping that celebrate the Summer Solstice have deep roots in Russia's pagan past.Read More
Last week tiny Kinerma was named as this year's "most beautiful Russian village." As it turns out, Kinerma was a stop on The Spine of Russia project...Read More
In 1891, Russian Tsar Alexander III signed a document initiating the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. And not only is it the longest railway in the world; it's got some interesting stops along the line, too.Read More
What does it look like when a whole town empties out and there’s nothing but a few decaying buildings to prove anyone lived there at all?Read More
On Monday, January 18, a new BBC six-part miniseries of Lev Tolstoy's War and Peace comes to American television. Here's your crib sheet.Read More
Don't be fooled: the old man with a white beard and red coat is not Santa Claus. It's Grandfather Frost! Learn how to tell the two apart with this handy list.Read More
On the occasion of Pushkin's birthday, we offer a post on the challenge of translating his most famous love lyrics, "Я вас любил," with a bonus look at Innokenty Annensky's "Среди миров."Read More
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.Read More
St. Nicholas, Babouschka, Christmas Eve festivities . . .Ded Moroz leading to Christmas on January 7th.Read More
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.Read More
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