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Traditional Russian Pies: History and Recipe

Traditional Russian Pies: History and Recipe

Soft as a pillow, caramelized on the edges and stuffed with rich fillings; Russian pirozhki are dangerously moreish. The secret to a mouth-watering pirozhok is in its filling. Though the dough for pirozhki is almost always a yeasty mixture of white flour, water and oil, there are about as many pirozhki fillings as there are vegetables in an Olivier salad.

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Types of Russian Bear

Types of Russian Bear

Since the 16th century the bear has been the ultimate symbol of Russia. Representing both the good - strength, power and sheer might - and the bad - ferocity and club-footedness - it’s perhaps the only accurate likeness of the enigma that is Russia.

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An American Family’s Experience of Travelling in Russia

An American Family’s Experience of Travelling in Russia

Helen travelled to Russia with her husband and niece at the end of 2019 to experience a real Russian New Year. She kindly agreed to share her story as an American visiting Russia for the first time.

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Fairytale Wedding in Russia

Fairytale Wedding in Russia

Rossiya—that word alone elicits images of opulent churches, resplendent palaces and breathtaking cathedrals. A more magical setting to say “I do” couldn’t have been dreamt up. Russia is the place where fairytales really can come true.

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Borsch: A Definitive History and a Russian Recipe

Borsch: A Definitive History and a Russian Recipe

Borsch - the ruby red soup, so emblematic of Mother Russia, has a history as rich as its broth. Though its origins have been lost in time, the name of the soup is thought to have come from the Slavic word for hogweed: "borshchevik". Originally, it was this weed, and not beetroot, which was relied upon to provide the tart bite that gives the soup its distinctive flavour.

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International Women’s Day, March 8th

International Women’s Day, March 8th

March 8th is marked in red, bold letters in Russian calendars. Weeks before the event, cities and towns are scrubbed and buffed to a shine. Though International Women’s Day, with all the flowers, perfume, chocolate and dates, may sound frivolous and unimportant, understanding this seemingly trivial holiday is key to understanding the Russian psyche.

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The sights worth seeing in Novosibirsk

The sights worth seeing in Novosibirsk

Siberia is a land of mystery and mind-blowing proportions. Within this one region of Russia there are over 100 cities, a swamp larger than Switzerland and the infinite depths of the taiga and, of course, the yet deeper depths of Lake Baikal. At its southern border with Kazakstan lies the unofficial heart of this immensity: Novosibirsk (new Siberia).

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Russian Candy and Confectionary: Sumptuous Sweets and Divine Delicacies in Russia

Russian Candy and Confectionary: Sumptuous Sweets and Divine Delicacies in Russia

It comes as a surprise to many, but the Russians have as much of a sweet-tooth as Americans, if not more so. The only reason why Russians have yet to suffer from the same obesity crisis as those in the West is because they’re addiction to sugar takes its form, not in whopper doughnuts and giant marshmallows, but in petite candies and fruit-based desserts.

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Popular Russian Names

Popular Russian Names

Russian names are fascinating and beautiful, imbued with layers of meaning, but can be quite puzzling to foreigners. You might find yourself wondering how a middle name and first name can be the same, or why every person has so many nicknames. If you’re visiting Russian friends, doing business in Russia, or just enjoy reading Russian literature, it can be useful to understand how Russian names work. Read on to find out the most popular names in Russia today, discover some of the weird and wonderful names that the Soviets gave their children, and learn how to decode the nicknames in Russian literature.

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The Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro

The first metro system built in Russia, the Moscow metro glorified the technological progress of the Soviet Union and is today one of the world’s busiest subway systems. It is most famous for its extravagant and unique interior design, exalted as the ‘Palace of the People’. Passengers on the metro not only travel around the city in comfort and ease, but travel back in time with the exquisite displays of Russian history located in its halls.

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Top sights worth seeing in Yekaterinburg

Top sights worth seeing in Yekaterinburg

Although it doesn’t boast the sheer number of architectural gems of St Petersburg or the buzz of Moscow, Russia’s 4th biggest city has for the past hundred years persistently kept popping up in international headlines. From the banal— its residents consume the most mayo (11kg/annum!) in the world— to the ground-breaking— the protests held in 2019 were one of the few significant civil movements in Russia at the time— to the heart-breaking— this being the place where the Royal family were murdered— Yekaterinburg has something for everyone.

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The St Petersburg Metro

The St Petersburg Metro

The quickest and easiest way to get around St Petersburg is certainly the metro, used by over 2.5 million passengers every day. The stations below are just like the streets above – beautifully and thoughtfully designed, a visual expression of Russian history. What’s the story behind the St Petersburg metro, and which are the stations you must visit?

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Maslenitsa in Russia 2020

Maslenitsa in Russia 2020

Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic traditional holiday marking Shrovetide, the last week before the beginning of Lent. Although now part of the Orthodox calendar, Maslenitsa retains many elements of Slavic folk and pagan traditions. Whilst Shrovetide in other branches of Christianity involves just one day of eating indulgent foods, the Orthodox festivities of Maslenitsa go on for an entire week. What is the history behind Maslenitsa, and how do Russians celebrate it today?

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Russian Classical Music

Russian Classical Music

When people decide to visit Russia, they endure the headaches that come with obtaining a visa and the long and arduous flight. (If you are not from the Antipodes or thereabouts you have no right to complain about the flight – ed.) But what all these tourists have in common is that they appreciate the art, architecture, and history of Russia, and want to learn more about it.

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A Classic Sight-Seeing Guide to St Petersburg

A Classic Sight-Seeing Guide to St Petersburg

In the mere three hundred years that St Petersburg has existed it has played a whole range of roles. The richness of its history means that even born-and-bred petersburgers can’t claim to have seen all the treasures of this city - there’s simply too much to fit into a lifetime! From a visitor’s perspective this is both a blessing and a curse. Here, we’ve listed the best places to springboard your journey into St Petersburg.

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An Alternative Guide to Moscow

An Alternative Guide to Moscow

When visiting Moscow it can be far too easy to get stuck on the well-trodden tourist routes and never see anything remotely close to the real Moscow. To get a feeling of the rhythm of Moscow city and get to know the +10 million people who go about their everyday lives in Europe’s biggest city, take a step off the tourist trail and wander into the hipster corners and beautiful parks of this megapolis.

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