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20 November 2018


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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
St. Grand Duchess Elizabeth
St. Grand Duchess Elizabeth

How did the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria and sister to the Tsarina end up a martyred nun?

Tags: elizabeth, grand duchess, saint, romanov
Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition
Tags: russian, cuisine
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
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
Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition

How does the average Russian diet size up nutritionally?

Tags: russian food, cuisine, nutrition
New Face at Russia's Helm
New Face at Russia's Helm

This article was written in early January, 2000, about Russia's new acting president and a man not well know outside Russia.

Tags: putin, russia, yeltsin, president
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
Butina, Babies, and Baby-making
Butina, Babies, and Baby-making

This week, depressing news about divisions and birth rates can only really be counteracted with a smile over the Orthodox church’s new take on sex.

Tags: religion, orthodox church, moscow, putin, dogs
Publishing Green
Publishing Green

RIS Publications, the publisher of Russian Life magazine, was founded in 1990 on the principle that paying attention to international issues matters. While U.S.-Russian relations and the history and society of the world’s largest country are important, there is no larger international issue than the health of this planet. 

Tags: recycling, environment
Why I Will Demonstrate
Why I Will Demonstrate

Victor is a 21-year-old student in Moscow. In this guest post, he explains why he, and so many of his generation, is fed up with Russia's electoral system, and why he will be going out to protest on December 10.

Tags: Moscow, demonstrations, democracy, voting, fraud, youth
Christmastide Tradition
Christmastide Tradition

St. Nicholas, Babouschka, Christmas Eve festivities . . .Ded Moroz leading to Christmas on January 7th.

Tags: traditions, christmas