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Amazing Russian dress (costume)
Amazing Russian dress (costume)
Russia was home to more than 150 million people - of which only about half were ethnic Russians. The variety of colors for traditional costume displays love for beauty and ethnic diversity. continue...

The soul of Russian people
The soul of Russian people
The Russians believe that they have their national peculiarities. They believe, though unconsciously, in the existence of the Russian soul that is the single whole soul of the Russian nation. continue...

Day of the Declaration of Russian State Sovereignty
Day of the Declaration of Russian State Sovereignty
For the first time in 47 years, warplanes flew over the Kremlin on Thursday to celebrate Russia's independence day, marking the rebirth of the nation following decades of communist rule. continue...

Why do Russians like drinking so much?
Why do Russians like drinking so much?
Various hot beverages were highly popular and widespread in Russia at all times. When prince Vladimir, who campaigned all over the world a thousand years ago, was put into a dilemma "to drink or not to drink" (sounds like Hamlet) and came to a conclusion that Russian men should deny themselves wine, like Muslims. continue...

Why "Old New Year" ?
Why "Old New Year" ?
The Romans began numbering years from the date when Rome was founded. After Rome was conquered by Egyptians, Julius Caesar introduced the solar year with an extra day every fourth year, based on a Babylonian model. continue...

S legkim parom or enjoy your bath!
S legkim parom or enjoy your bath!
The impressions of foreign visitors to Russia of XVII century baffled all description: "There were no place without even a small steam bath. It is true that Russians can bear extreme heat. continue...

Nuclear Attack
Nuclear Attack
My father was a B52 pilot in U.S. Air Force when I was young, and he was always gone for days at a time, which I did not understand. We lived in Texas in 1967, and they would test the alert sirens, which they used for tornadoes and other things. continue...

What Russia means to me
What Russia means to me
When I was eleven years old, my mother took me to see Dr. Zhivago on the large screen at the Midland Theater in Kansas City. Perhaps it was because the story was so compelling; perhaps it was because the scenery was so grand; perhaps it was simply because Omar Sharif was so incredibly handsome (never mind that he is Egyptian rather than Russian). continue...


History of Russian New Year celebration
New Year is coming and I have prepared a little gift to you all. Just a little story about New Year in Russia. In Russia, after adoption of Christianity people, following traditions of forefathers, who believed that new year began in spring, when all nature was resuscitating, celebrated New Year in March or at Eastertide. continue...


 
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