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Christ the Savior Cathedral & Romanov Canonization
Christ the Savior Cathedral & Romanov Canonization

The Russian Orthodox Church Council of Bishops voted in favor of canonization of Tsar Nicholas II and family on August 14, 2000.  The ceremony was held in the newly concecrated Christ the Savior Cathedral on Aug. 20.  The cornerstone of the cathedral was placed on Christmas, January 7, 1995.

Tags: orthodox, cathedral, romanov, canonization
Book Picks - Government
Book Picks - Government

Editor's picks of books about Russia's government.

Tags: russia, russian government, books
Tunguska Event
Tunguska Event

What fell from the sky ninety years ago in a remote region of Siberia? Was it the beginning of a pattern of events leading to the doomsday prediction of the future?

Tags: russia, siberia, tunguska
Weather Across Russia
Weather Across Russia

Check current conditions and forecasts for several Russian cities.

Tags: weather, forecasts, russia
Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

The author of the Old Testament Trinityicon; his life and other works.

Tags: rublev, icons, trinity, orthodox church
Russian Trivia Quiz 2
Russian Trivia Quiz 2
Tags: russian, history, quiz
The Calendar Issue
The Calendar Issue

A brief look at the often time confusing issue of the 'old' and 'new' calendars used by Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. This article contains links to indepth and more technical material on the subject.

Tags: russian calendar, julian, gregorian
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

Do you think the Cold War was over? Existing tensions between Russia and the U.S. regarding missile defense and NATO expansion are increasing. Is it possible for both to protect their interests against perceived threats without becoming a threat to each other?(originally published Feb. 2001)

Tags: abm treaty, missile defense, putin, bush
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

Part II looks at the concern many have for a 'new' cold war.

Tags: abm treaty, missile defense, putin, bush
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

Part III - some thoughts on Russia-US relations.

Tags: abm treaty, missile defense
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
Old Hymn, New Words
Old Hymn, New Words

The 'old' Soviet Hymn is now the official anthem of the Russian Federation, minus the original lyrics. New lyrics have been approved by Pres. Putin; read them and listen to the Anthem here.

Tags: national anthem, russia
Russian Ladies in Space
Russian Ladies in Space

Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Svitskaya made history when they were the first woman in space and first woman to walk in space, respectfully. Elena V. Kondakova represents the new age of Russian Federation cosmonauts as a member of the US/Russian STS-84 crew.

Tags: space women, soviet union, tereshkova, svitskaya
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
Russian Icons
Russian Icons

A discussion of this unique spiritual art form with many colorful examples.

Tags: icons, art, orthodox church
The Real Santa
The Real Santa

Find out how a Bishop from Turkey became the patron saint of Moscow and Santa Claus to the world.

Tags: nicholas, myra, santa
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
Shaman and Native Mysticism
Shaman and Native Mysticism

The term Shaman is both a noun and a verb. It is from the Tungus language and is seen as saman or haman. The actions of the Shaman are, what western explorers referred to as, Shamanism. It is the oldest known demonstration of human spirituality.

Tags: shaman, siberia, spirituality
Dagestan - Islamic Center and War Zone
Dagestan - Islamic Center and War Zone

Part II - Islamic rebels

Tags: dagestan, islam, rebels, chechyna
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