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19 November 2018


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Culture

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

Cell Phone Mania

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.

Byzantine Catholic Church in Russia

Examination of the history of this Christian tradition, which is in full communion with the Church of Rome.

Tags: religion, byzantine catholic
Russian Email Habits

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.

Tags: communication, etiquette
Where the Russians Are
Where the Russians Are

A color-coded map of the US, showing which states have the highest percentage of Russian immigrants.

Who Are the Russians?

A look at the notion of "ethnic" Russians.

Tags: russian nationality, race
Does Russia Matter?
Does Russia Matter?

Just how important is Russia in the world?

Tags: Environment
Photo Favorites
Photo Favorites

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.

Tags: russia, photographs
Music During the Soviet Regime
Music During the Soviet Regime

Great composers of 20th century Russia. This feature includes four MIDI sound files of well-known works.

Tags: music, composers, soviet era
Russian Trivia Quiz 2
Russian Trivia Quiz 2
Tags: russian, history, quiz
Kulich - Sweetbread Recipe
Kulich - Sweetbread Recipe

A sweetbread that is a Pascha (Easter) tradition.

Tags: cuisine, kulich, sweetbread, pascha
Russian Pascha
Russian Pascha

Easter is the most important celebration of the Russian Orthodox Church. Find out what constitutes a traditional Pascha meal and read the Patriarch's message.

Tags: russia, pascha, easter
Russian Ladies of the Avant-garde
Russian Ladies of the Avant-garde

Set against the backdrop of revolution and civil war the Avant-garde period in Russia was very dynamic. In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we take a look at the lives and works of six very special Avant-garde artists.

Tags: avant garde, women, art
Readings for Feast Day of St. Nicholas
Readings for Feast Day of St. Nicholas

Scriptures and prayers for the Orthodox Feast Day of St. Nicholas of Myra.

Tags: st. nicholas, readings, church, christmas
Day of Accord and Reconciliation
Day of Accord and Reconciliation

Celebrated on November 7, this Russian holiday used to be called Revolution Day and was the most important holiday during the Soviet Era.

Tags: russian revolution, holiday, 1917
Nina Novikova, St. Petersburg Artist
Nina Novikova, St. Petersburg Artist

The life and works of this thirty-eight year old, single mother and wonderful artist.

Tags: art, st. petersburg, nina novikova
Role of Women in Russian Cooking
Role of Women in Russian Cooking

Today, the wonderful, hearty and traditional recipes and meals of the Russian table can be attributed to the efforts of Russian women to provide sustenance and nurturing to their families.

Tags: russian, women, cooking, cuisine
Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition
Tags: russian, cuisine
Blackbread Recipe
Blackbread Recipe

One version of Russian blackbread, a mainstay of the traditional diet.

Tags: russian cuisine, blackbread, recipe
Mealtime in Russia
Mealtime in Russia

Find out what the traditional Russian mealtime fare is.

Tags: cuisine, food, eating, traditions
Tea Time in Russia
Tea Time in Russia

Tea was brought to Russia in the 1600s from China. Since then, the brew and its implements have become an enduring tradition of Russian society. The tea ceremony itself bonds families and communities

Tags: tea