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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...
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.
Where we reveal where to buy everything from Russian cologne to Russian videos.
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!
A look at the origins of International Womens Day (March 8), how it was celebrated in Soviet times, and how it is changing today.
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; 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!
Traditions of the so-called Russian pancake and several authentic recipes.
Russian customs and traditions regarding the consumption of water, tea and vodka.
Russia's history of taking to the spas, in the shadow of military conflict.
The Saami people (Russian population: 1,800) struggle to survive as a small national group in Russia.
Russia puts a cork in wine imports from Georgia and Moldova. Are the reasons political or otherwise?
A look at the cats that guard one of the world's great museums.
A look at the astonishing rise in cell phone use in Russia. One report indicates that over 60% of Russians now have cell phones, versus just 25% two years ago.
Examination of the history of this Christian tradition, which is in full communion with the Church of Rome.
Why is it that Russians don't answer email? We explore this conundrum, and whether it has some roots in Russian business or personal culture.
A color-coded map of the US, showing which states have the highest percentage of Russian immigrants.
A look at the notion of "ethnic" Russians.
Just how important is Russia in the world?
A gallery of my favorite photographs from St. Petersburg Times photographers Alexander Belenky and Sergey Grachev. These gentlemen have not published a picture I did not like. My favorites are those that I feel best showcase their talents and portray Russian life and culture.