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18 November 2018


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Culture

Covering the broader realm of culture, plus humor, food and drink.

Our Cartoonist on CNN!

I just stumbled across this nice interview (July 07) of Victor Bogorad, who does the cartoons for our Survival Russian feature. Too bad the video is not archived online... 

Tags: bogorad, cnn, interview
Russian Folklore
Russian Folklore

Editor's choice of books about Russian folklore and folktales.

Tags: books, folktales, russia
Marriage Customs

A Modern Russian Wedding: The Art of Getting Married. A look at Russian wedding traditions, past and present.

Tags: Customs, marriage
Sarah Palin's Secret Past Revealed!

Many have scoffed at Cindy McCain's defense of Alaska Governor (and GOP Veep candidate) Sarah Palin's foreign policy chops with the assertion that "Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia." Scoff not. The truth is so more startling still.

Tags: palin, russia, spies
Dima's recruitment

This hilarious YouTube satire video by the Perm KVN group gives a bit of background on the recent Russian election, and how Medevedev was recruited for his role. The dubbing is superbly done. (All in Russian)...

Tags: politics, medvedev, putin
Medvedev Emerges from His Den

In the 2002 film Oligarch, by Russian director Pavel Lungin, the main character predicts his own downfall, saying, "Russia is a bear. You think you are playing with it and it devours you."

Tags: putin, medvedev
Hillary-ous

Hilary Clinton stumbles over the name of the next president of Russia, and a Ukrainian TV host offers a pronunciation lesson.

Tags: hilary, medvedev
Twin Christmases

In February 1582, the Catholic Church, in the person of Pope Gregory the thirteenth, decreed a new, more accurate calendar to replace the Julian calendar, which had been in use since 45 BC. The revision meant dropping 10 days off the year...

Tags: holidays, christmas, russia
Russian Orthodox Christmas
Russian Orthodox Christmas

The Church's celebration of the Nativity is on January 7th; information about the Feasts of Christ's coming into the world and Scripture readings for the services and Liturgies.

Tags: orthodoxy, holidays, christmas
Holiday Gift Ideas
Holiday Gift Ideas

Where we reveal where to buy everything from Russian cologne to Russian videos.

Tags: gifts, buying guide, christmas, holidays
Prianiki for the Holidays

Brief history of Russian prianiki (gingerbread) and a traditional recipe to enjoy during the holidays or anytime throughout the year; especially with a nice hot pot of tea!

Tags: Food, christmas
Women's Day?

A look at the origins of International Womens Day (March 8), how it was celebrated in Soviet times, and how it is changing today.

Tags: holidays
Avast, there be pirates!

To quote Dave Barry, I am not making this up...

Visit this top level site for a very proud and propagandistic video of Putin accepting the nomination to head the Unified Russia party in the upcoming Duma elections. Very nicely and professionally done, even if a bit, well, over the top.

But the fun part is this. Listen very closely to the soundtrack (much easier if you don't understand Russian). The music which is playing just a

Ded Moroz

Ded Moroz; Grandfather Frost; is the Russian counterpart to the Western Santa Claus and other Gift Givers worldwide. He and his assistant, Snegurochka, continue to delight children and adults alike. In 2000, Santa Claus traveled to Russia to meet Ded Moroz for the first time!

Tags: Christmas, culture
Blini

Traditions of the so-called Russian pancake and several authentic recipes.

Tags: Recipes, russian food
Drinking in Russia

Russian customs and traditions regarding the consumption of water, tea and vodka.

Tags: vodka, tea
Russian Spas

Russia's history of taking to the spas, in the shadow of military conflict.

Tags: spas, kislovodsk, pyatigorsk, stavropol, essentuki
The Saami's Story
The Saami's Story

The Saami people (Russian population: 1,800) struggle to survive as a small national group in Russia.

Tags: reindeer, saami, kola, native culture
Wine Embargo
Wine Embargo

Russia puts a cork in wine imports from Georgia and Moldova. Are the reasons political or otherwise?

Tags: wine, imports, georgia, moldova
Hermitage Cats

A look at the cats that guard one of the world's great museums.

Tags: hermitage