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History

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April 10, 2017
Revolution for Tiny Tots
Revolution for Tiny Tots

“It was a lot of fun during the Rivolushun. And I won’t never forget the Russian Rivolushun.” In which we look at the 1917 revolution through the eyes of schoolchildren at the time.

By Evgeny Lukyanov
Tags: revolution, children, 1917
March 30, 2017
1741: The Year Russia Discovered America
1741: The Year Russia Discovered America

You probably know that Alaska was bought from Russia well over 100 years ago. But do you know why Russia claimed the territory in the first place? Hint: who doesn't love a fur coat?

By Eugenia Sokolskaya
Tags: russia, united states, alaska, colonization
March 16, 2017
Meet Four Russian Centenarians
Meet Four Russian Centenarians

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, foreign war, and domestic unrest. And yet, throughout 1917, babies were born, lives were started. 

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: history, women, 1917
March 14, 2017
Tomsk
Tomsk

Vladimir Dudarev takes us to Siberia's wooden architecture and university capital, Tomsk.

By Vladimir Dudarev
March 8, 2017
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.

By Eugenia Sokolskaya
Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
March 7, 2017
Saratov
Saratov

Elena Kotova takes us to the streets, beaches, yoga studios and parks of Saratov, a city on the Volga.

Tags: arctic, White Sea
March 4, 2017
Who are you in 1917 Russia?
Who are you in 1917 Russia?

Take the Political Compass of the Revolution test and find out who you would have been 100 years ago – an Anarchist, a Cadet, a Right SR, a Bolshevik or a member of the Black Hundreds.

By The Editors
February 28, 2017
Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad

Alexander Podgorchuk takes us to Russia's westernmost city, Kaliningrad.

Tags: arctic, White Sea
February 23, 2017
Revolution!
Revolution!

On February 23, 1917 the Revolution came to Petrograd. The Tsar abdicated and a long year of turmoil and political upheaval lie ahead...

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: revolution, February Revolution, 1917
February 21, 2017
Pskov
Pskov

Accomplished photographer Dmitry Markov takes us on a tour of Pskov, "Where Russia Begins."

Tags: arctic, White Sea
February 15, 2017
Kandalaksha
Kandalaksha

Teacher Ilona Isayeva shares with us some of the charms of Kandalaksha, a small industrial town on the White Sea.

By Ilona Isayeva
Tags: arctic, White Sea
February 10, 2017
Veliky Novgorod
Veliky Novgorod

Journalist Irina Mordasova and photographer Konstantin Chalabov give us a tour of Veliky Novgorod, a history lover's paradise.

By Irina Mordasova
Tags: Veliky Novgorod, Rurik
January 31, 2017
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia

In 1865, vodka joined bears and matryoshkas as an eternal symbol of Russia. Here's how it happened, plus nine trivia tidbits on Russia's most beloved, harmful, and historical libation. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff
January 31, 2017
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk

Photographer Anton Karliner explains why trains, a metro bridge, and World War II have a place in Novosibirsk history.

By Anton Karliner
Tags: Siberia
January 25, 2017
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery

Today marks the 185th birthday of the artist Ivan Shishkin, whose paintings evoke Russia's beauty and vastness. With a nickname like "Forest Tsar," his trees must be good.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Shishkin, painting, art, Peredvizhniki, realism
January 9, 2017
Most Popular Stories of 2016
Most Popular Stories of 2016

We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list.

By The Editors
Tags: Best of, Russian Life
January 7, 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling

A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.

By Alexander Mozhaev
Tags: Moscow, art, monuments
December 26, 2016
The End of the USSR
The End of the USSR

Where we take you back in time to the collapse of the Soviet Union, through press and reportage as it unfolded at the time.

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: USSR, Gorbachev, Soviet Union
December 19, 2016
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev

Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev would have been 110 on December 19. There are plenty of fun facts and surprising jokes behind the eyebrows.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Brezhnev, Soviet Union, USSR, Stagnation
December 16, 2016
Ra-ra-Rasputin
Ra-ra-Rasputin

Who was Rasputin? Why has his name become synonymous with the idea that the Russian monarchy was doomed? That is a mystery worth exploring today, on the 100th anniversary of his murder.

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: Rasputin, tsars, Romanovs, Revolution