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Will you celebrate Moscow day this September? Will you celebrate Moscow day this September?
15 August 2018
Moscow turns 871 this September and the City Day holiday is a big deal to its residents. Itís not too late to book a trip to the Russian capital and join in with the celebrations. Hereís what to expect if you d...

Itís Baikal Day! Itís Baikal Day!
06 August 2018
On the fourth Sunday in August, Russians celebrate Baikal Day. Itís a relatively new occasion, marked only since 1999, but itís designed to remind people of the beauty of this magnificent lake and its surroundi...

Commemorating the last of the tsars Commemorating the last of the tsars
06 July 2018
Right now, with all eyes on the World Cup, Yekaterinburg is making the news as one of Russiaís football venues. Its stadium has seen the action as Uruguay and Egypt slugged it out, Peru tackled France, Japan we...

The cats of the Hermitage The cats of the Hermitage
21 May 2018
This summer, the world cup†comes to Russia and the spotlight will be Ė unusually Ė on a cat named Achilles. Heís no ordinary cat, of course, and heíll also be the only animal in the country to receive a fan ide...

Itís Volga Day on May 20th Itís Volga Day on May 20th
11 May 2018
It seems like thereís a day for everything these days but hereís one you should be aware of if youíre planning a Russian river cruise. Launched in 2008, May 20th sees the 10th annual Volga Day. If you paid atte...

Will Cosmonautics Day inspire you to visit Star City? Will Cosmonautics Day inspire you to visit Star City?
25 April 2018
The very first manned space flight took place on 12th April 1961. Of course, it would be more than eight years before American astronaut Neil Armstrong would make history and be the first man to walk on the moo...

Why does Russia celebrate Easter at a different time? Why does Russia celebrate Easter at a different time?
25 April 2018
Have you ever thought about why Easter in Russia falls at a different time to the holiday in the west? Itís all to do with the calendar.† In Russia, dates are set from the Julian calendar while in the UK, we us...

Understanding Defender of the Fatherland Day Understanding Defender of the Fatherland Day
23 February 2018
Ladies, itís time to go shopping!† But before you get too excited, itís not for you.† This month, thereís a very special day in Russia which is dedicated to men, and Iím not referring to one particular man and ...

Pancake week in Russia Pancake week in Russia
16 February 2018
How were your pancakes this year? †In the UK we'll have consumed them on Shrove Tuesday but in Russia, limiting this sweet treat to just one day just can't be done. In Russia, the week-long festivities a...

Why not visit the Tretiakov Gallery next time youíre in Moscow? Why not visit the Tretiakov Gallery next time youíre in Moscow?
18 December 2017
Itís a well known fact that St Petersburg has a world-renowned art museum in the form of the Hermitage, but did you know thereís a historic gallery in Moscow thatís equally worth a visit? 185 years ago, on 2...

Winterís coming Ė and where better to spend it than in Russia? Winterís coming Ė and where better to spend it than in Russia?
12 December 2017
Winter is a romantic notion here in the UK, especially in the south. We donít understand winter because we donít really get winter. A chill in the air?† Maybe. A dusting of powder on the streets until the sun g...

Football: Russiaís story Football: Russiaís story
22 October 2017
120 years ago this month, on 24th October 1897, the first football match to take place on Russian soil was held in St Petersburg.† It was a local derby between the football playersí circle of the Vasileostrovsk...

Russiaís most famous composers Russiaís most famous composers
20 September 2017
Even if you havenít heard of the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, youíll have heard of some of its alumni.† This prestigious Russian music school was founded 155 years ago and some of ...

The Festival of fountains on 14-15 of September The Festival of fountains on 14-15 of September
14 September 2017
The Autumn Festival of Fountains is one of the most awaited traditional presentations in St. Petersburg. Thousands of residents and visitors of Saint Petersburg will arrive to Peterhof in Autumn to see a...

What are you doing this Moscow day? What are you doing this Moscow day?
04 September 2017
Moscow celebrates its 870th anniversary this month, with the main day for the action declared as the 9th September by Moscowís mayor, Sergei Sobyanin.† Festivities for City Day are a big deal for the Russian ca...

What will you watch on Russian Cinema Day this August? What will you watch on Russian Cinema Day this August?
23 August 2017
August 27th is Russian Cinema Day, a time set aside on the Russian calendar since 1980 to celebrate its movie industry. It was originally known as Soviet Cinema Day. The business of making movies is a big d...

August 22nd is Russiaís National Flag Day August 22nd is Russiaís National Flag Day
14 August 2017
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but did you know that the Russian flag is thought to be based around that of the Netherlands? To understand why, we need to go back to the reign of Peter...

Kamchatka Ė Russiaís most enigmatic region Kamchatka Ė Russiaís most enigmatic region
14 July 2017
Discovered by Cossack explorer Vladimir Atlasov in 1697 yet off limits to foreigners during the Soviet period, Kamchatka is easily Russiaís most enigmatic and surely its most compelling region. This eastern fro...

Celebrate Kupala night with us! Celebrate Kupala night with us!
07 June 2017
On the night of the 6th to 7th July, Russians, along with Poles, Slavs, Lithuanians and more, celebrate Kupala Night. Also referred to as the Feast of St John the Baptist, this celebration relates to the summer...

The Festival of Smelt in St. Petersburg The Festival of Smelt in St. Petersburg
18 May 2017
Do you know what the village of Lewiston in New York State has in common with the elegant Russian city of St Petersburg? They both stage a festival every May dedicated to the smelt. This little fish makes an ap...

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