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History

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Saints Cyril and Methodius
Saints Cyril and Methodius

A few words about two brothers who rejected their family's wealth and became known as the Apostles of the Slavs. They never visited Russia, but they translated the Gospel into Slavonic.

Tags: religion, cyril, methodius, orthodoxy
Teffi: The Best Russian Writer You May Not Have Heard Of
Teffi: The Best Russian Writer You May Not Have Heard Of

Known as a female Chekhov and skilled at painting the human condition as hilarious and hideous in one stroke, Teffi is a little-known author you should get to know. 

Tags: Bolshevik, Satire, Literature, Teffi, Russia
The Other Catherine: 7 Facts About Russia's First Empress
The Other Catherine: 7 Facts About Russia's First Empress

Catherine I held the title of Empress 40 years before her more famous, “Great” namesake. As the first woman to rule Russia, she had great qualities of her own.

Tags: imperial russia, petrine russia, peter the great, Catherine I, Russia
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.

Tags: revolution, children, 1917
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?

Tags: russia, united states, alaska, colonization
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. 

Tags: history, women, 1917
Who Invented the Ancient Slavic Gods, and Why?
Who Invented the Ancient Slavic Gods, and Why?

How it was that in the eighteenth century Russian mythology was trumped-up in the Western manner? Who wanted it? And where did we get Lel, Yarilo and Zimtserla? We explain everything you'd want to know about Russian fakelore.

Tags: paganism, religion, history, slavs, mythology
Tomsk
Tomsk

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

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
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.

Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad

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

Tags: arctic, White Sea
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...

Tags: revolution, February Revolution, 1917
Pskov
Pskov

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

Tags: arctic, White Sea
Kandalaksha
Kandalaksha

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

Tags: arctic, White Sea
Veliky Novgorod
Veliky Novgorod

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

Tags: Veliky Novgorod, Rurik
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. 

Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk

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

Tags: Siberia
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.

Tags: Russia, Shishkin, painting, art, Peredvizhniki, realism
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.

Tags: Best of, Russian Life
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.

Tags: Moscow, art, monuments