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History

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Yeltsin's Surprise Resignation
Yeltsin's Surprise Resignation

On New Year's Eve, 1999, while many braced for a possible Y2K disaster, Boris Yeltsin resigned as president of the Russian Federation leaving a little known prime minister in charge.

Tags: russia, yeltsin, resignation
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

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Who Killed Kirov?
Who Killed Kirov?

The circumstances and mystery surrounding the murder of  revolutionary and Soviet leader, Sergei Kirov. On January 15, 1935, Grigori Zinoviev and 18 members of the "Moscow Centre" were tried in Leningrad for their part in the Dec. 1, 1934, assassination of Sergei Kirov.

Tags: kirov, stalin, purges
Kievan Rus' and the Church
Kievan Rus' and the Church

The origin of the Rurik Dynasty and introduction of the Orthodox Church.

Tags: russia, rus', orthodox church
Digging up your Russian Roots

An article on some of the most useful links for digging up your Russian roots on the web.

Tags: genealogy, roots
The Walls Came Tumbling Down!
The Walls Came Tumbling Down!

Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of Russia's transformation to democracy.

Tags: berlin wall, iron curtain, communism
Russia's Military Today
Russia's Military Today

Today's Russian military and the status of the ABM and START II treaties.  Written in October, 1999.

Tags: abm, start, treaties, nonproliferation
The Russian Conundrum

An essay on what it takes to understand the conundrum that is Russia.

Tags: russia, history, culture, literature
Russian Genealogy

If you have family roots in Russia, you are in good company. Between 1820 and 1992, according to INS data, some 3,512,332 individuals immigrated to the United States from Russia, most of them around the turn of the century (2.5 mn between 1897 and WWI).

Tags: genealogy
Emancipation Edict of Alexander II

English text of Tsar Alexander II's Emancipation Edict (March 3, 1861).

Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Stalingrad

One million Russia lives were lost, but, Hitler was turned back and Russia can be credited with changing the tide of WWII in Europe.

Tags: stalingrad, world war ii