The Russian Economic miracle

Today, June 12, is Russia Day. The day when the nation celebrates its independence, the beginning of a new era after the dissolution of the USSR in 1990. An independence gained without firing a single shot, quite a remarkable achievement. Some shots were fired, but that actually happened a little over a year afterwards, in... Continue Reading →

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Russian schools, education and values

The other day I was walking by a recently constructed apartment building. Like most new residential construction, it has a playground for the children who are going to be living in those apartments. What caught my eye is the "decoration" that was chosen for the playground. As you can see in the picture above, there... 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 →

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 →

A (Russian) Room with a view

In my previous post I mentioned how expensive renting or buying a house or an apartment in Moscow can be. Today I want to focus on how rewarding it might be, though. Let's pretend money is not an issue. What is the best of the best of the best you can buy in Moscow, real... Continue Reading →

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