Operation Beluga

I've got good news and bad news. Bad news first: if you are looking for a post on the delicious beluga caviar, this is not it. The good news, on the other hand are that this is another incredible, but true! story (about Soviet icebreakers and beluga whales) and that if you are still thinking... Continue Reading →

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The long swim to freedom – Part II

If you haven't already done so, please read Part I of this incredible, yet absolutely true story before proceeding. «That night - Pyotr recalls - I knew I couldn't go back to the unit. I would get maimed or killed. It was as simple as that». The celebrations, after a day's work, happened right around... Continue Reading →

When Russia wanted to conquer India

One of the most bizarre and short lived military campaign in the history of Russia was the plan to try to conquer India in 1801. Russia and Britain were allied during the French Revolutionary Wars of the 1790s. In 1799 they even attempted to invade the Netherlands together. When this operation failed, the Russian Emperor Paul I... Continue Reading →

The Comrade of Ecstasy: Lenin’s Rolls Royce

How do you give the example and show the masses that bourgeois tendencies are irreconcilable with Socialism, with a proletarian dictatorship and with Communism? Apparently, you dump the Benz and buy yourself a Rolls Royce. At least, that is what Vladimir Lenin, the father of the Russian Revolution did in 1922. Let's take a step... Continue Reading →

Victory Day and the Immortal Regiment

The 9th of May is a very important and heartfelt day in Russia. It's called Victory day and it's the day when the country commemorates the surrender of Nazis in 1945. The signing of the German Instrument of Surrender actually happened in Berlin, late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (thus after midnight, already on 9 May Moscow Time).... Continue Reading →

Power plants, downtown

I've always been fascinated (and a bit shocked, at first) to see how Russian cities still have active power plants right in the middle of the city, often in nice, upscale, residential neighborhoods. This is not a case of a city "growing around" industrial buildings that were, once, in the outskirts or even in the... Continue Reading →

Happy Russian Easter!

Easter is a very important celebration in Russia, arguably even more important than Christmas! In Russian Orthodoxy and Eastern Christianityin general, the spiritual preparation for Easter begins with Great Lent, which starts on Clean Monday and lasts for 40 continuous days (including Sundays). The last week of Great Lent (following the fifth Sunday of Great Lent) is... Continue Reading →

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