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Culture

90’s Fashion in Russia

Most of us want to keep up with the latest fashion trends and can go shopping to choose whatever we like. However, in post-USSR Russia, Western clothes were not easily accessible. With the USSR ceasing to exist in 1991, it meant that new and exciting fashion trends from overseas started seeping into Russia.  Young people […]Read More

Society

What Was Life like in the Soviet Union?

How did people live in the USSR? This idea is quite interesting for those who heard a lot of jokes or mysteries about this time. Most people feel happy living in Soviet Russia and now if the whole family reunite, there is one person that keeps saying: “It was better in the USSR…” I was […]Read More

Art

Russian Cinematography

Cinema has always been an important part of our life. Through this type of art people express their deepest feelings and beliefs. Directors show the most urgent problems of our society, hoping to make people think about what we do wrong and what we should change in ourselves. Cinematographers go deep in our souls trying […]Read More

Art

Rejected by Your Homeland

Imagine the feeling: waking up, packing your belongings, and knowing that there are only a few minutes left to enjoy standing on your native soil. Why? Because tomorrow you start a new life – the life of an emigrant. Unfortunately, a lot of Russians did not have to imagine that reality, as they knew that […]Read More

Culture

The Mighty Handful

Everyone who is keen on Russian classical music must know the mighty handful-the group consisting of five composers: Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin who did not even get a professional music education. The mighty handful (19th-century) was mostly like Peredvizhniki, encouraging creators who draw inspiration from populist ideas. The […]Read More

Politics

Who Were Decembrists?

Decembrists were members of the nobility, officers who fought in the Patriotic War of 1812 against Napoleon’s Army. After winning the war, The Russian Army took part in a Foreign Campaign (1813-1814) and during the campaign, Decemberists saw another life. They thought that it was very unfair that the Russians, who were victorious, were not […]Read More

Art

Russian Avant-Garde

At the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was in the hands of the revolution, which seriously affected people’s minds. Artists felt the changes of the Revolution that would leave Russia as never being the same again. There would not be any depiction of landscapes or social events as we used to see in art […]Read More

Culture

The history of the USSR through Soviet posters

What do you imagine when you hear about the Soviet Union: maybe socialism, the Second World War or the Cold War? But what do you know about the young pioneers, the Khrushchev Thaw or corn epopea? I will show you a brief history of the USSR through its posters, presenting how people lived and what […]Read More

Society

The dark sides of Moscow and Berlin

Moscow Moscow is a metropolis in a league with the likes of New York, Paris, and Tokyo. It is Russia’s political and cultural centre, famous amongst tourists. It offers a rich cultural experience and opens the doors to a diverse culture. In addition, Moscow boasts 800 years of history, a patchwork of many political and […]Read More

Society

Russian Superstitions

A broken mirror, spilt salt, a bay leaf in a bowl of soup. Have you ever wondered what all these signs mean in Russia? In this article, I will tell you about the most popular Russian superstitions. Are you nervous before exams? Here are some tips from Russian students that can bring you some good […]Read More