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Most people will associate Russia and Russians with tea, yet coffee is not some sort of Ivan-Come-Lately to Mother Russia.
On this day 345 years ago, Alexander Menshikov was born into a poor peasant family. No one could have predicted to what heights he would rise.
What do you have to do as Russian tsar to be remembered as "Great"? You can start by reforming the government, social structure, customs, language, and, well, everything else.
On February 3, 1718, Emperor Peter I issued a manifesto depriving Alexei, his son by his first wife, of the right to succeed him to the throne.
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.
Kristina Brazhnikova acquaints us with the southern city of Voronezh, which straddles its reservoir (once a river).
On April 26, 1715, Peter I published his Military Statute, which remained in effect until the mid-nineteenth century.
Today it is hard to imagine the revolutionary atmosphere that pervaded the Soviet Union in March and April of 1985.
The New Year is Russia’s biggest holiday. But where does it come from – and why does it look so suspiciously like Western Christmas?
How do you get from pie-seller to tsar’s favorite? Mostly by being a brilliant strategist – but having a tsar willing to turn a blind eye to your corruption helps, too.
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