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22 October 2018


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History

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Celebrating Tolstoy
Celebrating Tolstoy

Today is the 190th anniversary of the great writer's birth. We thought we would share a few readings to get you in a Tolstoyan spirit.

Tags: literature, war and peace, tolstoy
Death of a Dynasty
Death of a Dynasty

Who really killed the Romanovs? Read about the survivors of the royal household.

Tags: romanovs, revolution
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo

In a galaxy far, far away, the Millennium Falcon circled over a vicious battle with art and a dangerous passageway. That far-off galaxy being Russia, of course.

Tags: Ivan the Terrible, Ivan the terrible, Star Wars, st. petersburg, art
Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia
Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia

What do you have to do as Russian tsar to be remembered as "Great"? You can start by reforming the government, social structure, customs, language, and, well, everything else.

Tags: peter the great, st. petersburg, russia, history, reform, traditions, literature, dostoyevsky
Painting Veterans
Painting Veterans

Artist Sasha Sokolova has undertaken a personal, artistic and cultural project to document the daily life of Russia’s remaining war veterans.

Tags: veterans, art, world war ii
US-Russia Sister Cities
US-Russia Sister Cities

We mapped all the US cities paired with a Russian city, and to our surprise, the map looks like Putin's profile.

Tags: us-russian relations, city, sister cities
Another Birthday
Another Birthday

On this day, 28 years ago, two naive young Americans sat down and agreed to found a publishing company together. This publishing company.

Tags: books, russian life, history
Russia's Woman Question
Russia's Woman Question

Maria Zakharova, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department, sits down to talk with Russian Life about what it means to be a woman in a position of influence.

Tags: international women's day, diplomacy, women
International Women's Day: A Look Back
International Women's Day: A Look Back

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origins and not-so-socialist present form.

Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
Resilience: The Book!
Resilience: The Book!

Today, we officially put to print the book for our Children of 1917 project: Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution.

Tags: publishing, children of 1917, centenarians
Photography, Kachka & Spies
Photography, Kachka & Spies

Photography, food and spies comprise this week's Three Best Reads. We travel to Vilnius, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, to consider wagging tongues, boiled tongues, and an overlooked photographer.

Tags: khrushchev, espionage, photography, russian cuisine
First Love
First Love

On the importance of coffee, academicians, a museum, a rooster, the harvesting of turf, and collectivization. Oh, and Novosibirsk.

Tags: novosibirsk, village life, children of 1917, 1917
Music Defeats War
Music Defeats War

When Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was performed from besieged Leningrad on August 9, 1942, music suspended the horrors of war.

Tags: shostakovich, world war ii, leningrad, music
Old Fears
Old Fears

It was with mixed feelings of bitter guilt and disgust, overcome with shameful and cowardly thoughts, that I joined the Children of 1917 project.

Tags: children of 1917
Catherine Seizes Power
Catherine Seizes Power

On June 28, 1762, Catherine (born Sofia Frederika Augusta), the German wife of a weakened tsar, seized Russian throne. She soon earned the appellation "the Great."

Tags: tsarism, history, Catherine the Great
Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall
Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall

June 22nd marks the 76th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia that changed the course of WWII and, perhaps, history itself.

Tags: russia, soviet union, WWII, World War, Hitler, nazi germany, Barbarossa, napoleon, great patriotic war
"Tear Down This Wall!"
"Tear Down This Wall!"

Thirty years ago today, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Two years later, the wall came down after a German bureaucrat misspoke.

Tags: gorbachev, reagan, berlin wall
7 Banned Films from the 1960s
7 Banned Films from the 1960s

Where we discuss seven outstanding Soviet movies from the 1960s dealing with rural Russia, humaneness, and the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution that, instead of contributing to the revolution’s legacy, gathered dust for decades.

Tags: cinematography, 1960s, film
Final Diary Entries Before Arrest
Final Diary Entries Before Arrest

In cooperation with the “Lived” Project, Arzamas selected personal diary entries written immediately before their authors were arrested during the Great Terror. Almost all of these diaries were kept in the FSB Archive – the principal source of information for historians working on the events of 1937 – 1938.

Tags: 1930s, purges, camps, diaries, gulag
How to Properly Accept Bribes
How to Properly Accept Bribes

This is a short extract from a satirical book published in 1837, from which we learn: what sorts of bribes there are; why it is better to take a bribe during lunch; why gaudy is better than a bullfinch; the language in which one should speak of bribes; and how to avoid punishment for receiving bribes.

Tags: history, corruption, business, bribes