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Два великана русской культуры / Two Giants of Russian Culture
06.06.2018 17:47
Russian Culture, Poetry, Games, Birthday,
321
Два великана русской культуры / Two Giants of Russian Culture

Two major icons of Russian culture celebrate their birthday today. Read on to find out who...

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Ночь Музеев (Long Night of Museums)
10.05.2018 16:43
Saint Petersburg, Long Night of Museums, Culture, Things to Do, Events
344
Ночь Музеев (Long Night of Museums)

On May 19th 2018 the staff of 117 museums in St. Petersburg and its surrounding environs will forego sleep in order to keep their doors open to the public through the night. Read on to find out more about tickets, participating museums, special exhibitions, and more.

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Easter in Russia
06.04.2018 17:36
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
389
Easter in Russia

Easter, the most important and celebrated holiday for the Russian Orthodox Church, is observed based on the Julian calendar and often falls on a different Sunday than the Catholic or Protestant Easter. This year, the Russian Orthodox Easter will be celebrated 8 April. As in many countries, the Easter celebrations in Russia are full of significance, traditions, family and delicious Easter treats. 

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Saint Pete Coffee Break
05.04.2018 13:27
stpetersburg, culture, foodanddrink
394
Saint Pete Coffee Break

Saint Petersburg is a city of culture, history, architecture with delicious food and drink. During a long day of exploring the city, or if you find yourself simply needing to escape from the cold, there is not much better than sitting down in an quaint café and enjoying good conversation with a great cup of coffee. If you are traveling through Saint Petersburg delicious cafes are on just about every street corner. To be sure that you make the most out of your caffeine selection, here is a list of some of the best cafes for ambiance, comfort and of course, quality! 

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Gogol: Life and Quotes
29.03.2018 14:27
stpetersburg, culture, onthisday
441
Gogol: Life and Quotes

Nikolai Gogol, born 31 March 1809, would go on to become one of the most renowned and influential Russian writers. Gogol can be claimed as the founder of realist literature, laying the groundwork for Russian prose that would influence great writers after him. However, it was in his surrealist writings that Gogol produced some of his most original and celebrated works that delved deep into the darker side of society by comically combing the fantastic with the grotesque.

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Theatres in Saint Petersburg
29.03.2018 14:15
stpetersburg, culture, theatre
355
Theatres in Saint Petersburg

When you think of theater in Russia, most likely the Russian Ballet performing Swan Lake comes into your mind. With images of the elaborate beauty of the classic Mariinsky Theatre, you can be transported back into a time of unparalleled elegance. As the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg is home to both classical and modern theatre companies known and respected throughout Russia and the world. Music theatres, ballet and opera theatres, puppet theatres and drama theatres all have something unique to offer. 

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Less visited museums of Saint Petersburg
20.03.2018 21:09
stpetersburg, culture, museums
431
Less visited museums of Saint Petersburg

With over 200 museums to be found in Saint Petersburg, the most well known is the Hermitage. While the Hermitage, Russian Museum, and The Peter and Paul Fortress deserve a visit or two from anyone who spends time in the city, these museums are certainly not the only ones that should spark your interest. Here are my personal top five less visited museums in Saint Petersburg, with a few honorable mentions!

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Russian Presidential Elections
16.03.2018 19:46
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
335
Russian Presidential Elections

Similar to other countries with such long histories, the Russian government has undergone various complete transformations. From early Rus, to the time of the Tsars, to a revolution that birthed the Soviet Union and finally the restructuring into a democratic Russian Federation. The mark of any democracy is the establishment of a free and competitive election process. That is what makes 18 March 2018 a day of significance, the Russian Federation Presidential elections.

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A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg
14.03.2018 14:20
history, stpetersburg, Moscow, culture
911
A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg

When people first think about Russia, chances are their minds are first filled with images of Red Square, the Kremlin and the colorful tops of St. Basil`s Cathedral. Moscow, the heart and capital of Russia, can be recognized throughout the world. However, only in recent history has Moscow held the title of “capital,” and even then, one of Russia`s other great and well-known cities took its place. 

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Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space
09.03.2018 18:52
onthisday culture history
418
Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin—a Russian Cosmonaut and Hero of the Soviet Union. Born on 9 March 1934, Gagarin would go on to become hero, not only in the Soviet Union, but internationally, as the first man in space and the first to orbit the earth. 

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Happy International Women`s Day!
07.03.2018 13:38
stpetersburg, culture, holidays, onthisday
437
Happy International Women`s Day!

Wherever you go on March 8, you will be sure to see an abundance of flowers. Flowers in the hands of women, children and grandmothers. Flowers lining the streets. Flowers being passed out in cafes and shops. Bouquets wrapped and on delivery. Flowers, gifts and beauty are on every corner, and it is quite possible you will come across special events being held in honor of women and femininity. Around the streets you will hear congratulations, and, if you are a woman, may even receive congratulations or flowers of your own from strangers and business alike.

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Anna Akhmatova: Life and works
05.03.2018 15:26
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
428
Anna Akhmatova: Life and works

Considered to be one the greatest of Russia’s poets, Anna Akhmatova, is a symbol of Russia and guardian of its culture and language. Born in 1889 in Odessa, her family quickly took up residence in Tsarskoye Selo outside Saint Petersburg, the city in which she would later reside for the greater part of her life. As a daughter of Russia, impacted by the time period in which she lived, her works reflected the changing tides of Russia by critically and poignantly confronting Stalinist Terror, World War II, and the subsequent Russian Thaw. 

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Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
12.12.2017 15:11
stpetersburg, culture, learningrussian, books,
534
Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
In a previous post, we looked at some great online resources for reading in Russian, but since you've come all the way to one of the most literary cities in the world, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Saint Petersburg's ubiquitous bookstores and pick up some books to take home with you. In this post, we suggest a few books or series of books that might be of interest to Russian learners, as well as introduce some of the bookstores in the city. 
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Hockey in Saint Peterburg
05.12.2017 14:08
stpetersburg, sports, entertainment, culture
1039
Hockey in Saint Peterburg
Hockey (хоккей) is without question one of the most popular sports in Russia, and Saint Petersburg's team, SKA, is the defending champion and top-ranked team in the league. If you are in Russia between late August and mid-April, be sure to try to catch a match! Whether you're an avid fan or can't tell a puck from a stick, it's an exciting, memorable and inexpensive Russian experience. The next home game is December 19th. Read on to find out more about the team and where you can buy tickets, and learn some Russian hockey cheers.
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Dostoyevsky: Life and Quotes
10.11.2017 17:58
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
624
Dostoyevsky: Life and Quotes
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky is considered one of the greatest and most significant writers, not only of Russia, but of the world. Find out what's on in Saint Petersburg to  celebrate the 196th anniversary of his birth (November 11), learn about his life and read ten of his most famous quotes, in Russian with their translations. Crime and Punishment might still above your Russian level, but see if you can understand something from these quotes! 
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Popular Russian Music: November Concerts in Saint Petersburg
09.11.2017 17:02
stpetersburg, artandculture, music, events
662
Popular Russian Music: November Concerts in Saint Petersburg
Not only is music the international language, it's also a great way to learn a foreign language! Listening to music in Russian can help improve your listening, your vocabulary and even your grammar - the lyrics will get stuck in your head in the correct cases and conjugations. 
 
In this post, we'll look at three popular Russian artists who all have concerts in Saint Petersburg this month (Градусы, Ленинград and Баста). Get a taste of their music, read some of their lyrics in Russian with their translation, and find out where to buy tickets if you want to see them live. 
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Ivan Turgenev: Life and Quotes
07.11.2017 17:27
onthisday, culture, literature
1003
Ivan Turgenev: Life and Quotes

The Russian realist writer Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev was born on November 9, 1818. In honor of his 199th birthday, read about his life and ten of his most famous quotes in Russian and English! 

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Guide to Buying Theater Tickets in Saint Petersburg
27.10.2017 16:57
stpetersburg, artandculture, ballet, theater, howto,
738
Guide to Buying Theater Tickets in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, known as the Cultural Capital of Russia, is world-renouned for its performing arts. Even tourists who spend just a few hours here on a cruise stop make a point to try to see a ballet or an opera at the famous theaters such as Mariinsky Theater or Mikhailovsky Theater. While you're studying here, it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity to see a performance for youself! In this post, we'll look at how to buy theater tickets and avoid tourist traps. 
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The last week of fountains in Peterhof
10.10.2017 15:46
stpetersburg, history, culture, excursions,
835
The last week of fountains in Peterhof
With more than 150 spectacular fountains, 32 museums, and over 400 hectares of parks and gardens, Peterhof Palace Complex is one of the most popular attractions around Saint Petersburg, and for good reason! This past Saturday, our students got to see the splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage Site for themselves on an unforgetable excursion organized by Derzhavin Institute.
 
If you missed it, don't worry - there's still another week before the fountains turn off for the winter, and after that, the entrance to the Lower Gardens is free of charge. Learn more about Peterhof and what you can see there. 
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Marina Tsvetaeva - Life and Quotes
06.10.2017 17:44
literature, reading, culture, authors, onthisday, history
959
Marina Tsvetaeva - Life and Quotes
This Sunday (October 8th) would be the 125th birthday of Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), one of the most important Russian poets of the 20th century. In her memory, learn about her life and read ten of her most famous quotes in Russian and in English. Which quote is your favorite? 
 
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Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.
04.10.2017 16:02
stpetersburg, culture, history
629
Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.

Founded by Catherine the Great and boasting over 4 million paintings, sculptures, documents, artifacts, and other items, the Hermitage Museum is the largest collection of art in Russia and one of the largest in the world. It is well worth a visit any time, but if you don't have plans, consider going this Thursday - the first Thursday of every month is free to all visitors.

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Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!
19.09.2017 14:22
stpetersburg, cafes, culture, history, moscow, coffee, newplaces
913
Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!

Forget your 300 rouble lattes or mochas - a time café can offer you much more for your money! Read on to find what exactly a 'time café' is, where the idea came from, and where to find such places in Saint Petersburg!

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Bon Appétit! // Priyatnovo Appetita! // Приятного аппетита!
12.09.2017 15:08
food, drink, culture
868
Bon Appétit! // Priyatnovo Appetita! // Приятного аппетита!

If it’s your first time in Russia, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the seemingly strange dishes on display at canteens and cafes. We hope that after reading this post these feelings of yours will disappear and you will be inspired to try some Russian delicacies!

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On this day in 1941: Nazi Germany began their 872-day Siege on Leningrad
08.09.2017 16:58
stpetersburg, history, culture, poetry, onthisday, leningrad
762
On this day in 1941: Nazi Germany began their 872-day Siege on Leningrad

On this day in 1941, the Germans began their 872-day Siege on the city of Leningrad, as part of their effort to bring down the Eastern Front in World War II.

 
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The Annual Closing Ceremony of the Peterhof Fountains: A Journey Beyond The Three Seas
07.09.2017 17:26
stpetersburg, events, peterhof, culture
1132
The Annual Closing Ceremony of the Peterhof Fountains: A Journey Beyond The Three Seas

Next week, a festival will take place at Peterhof to celebrate the closing of its fountains. This annual event is always a hit amongst tourists and tickets are limited. This is why we have written this post - to give you plenty of time to plan your trip!

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On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards
05.09.2017 16:40
stpetersburg, culture, history, onthisday
827
On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards

Peter the Great brought about many radical changes during his reign. But why exactly did he want his people to stop having beards? Read this post to find out the answer to this question!

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Sergei Dovlatov: The Popular Soviet Emigre Writer
01.09.2017 15:45
onthisday, culture, literature
862
Sergei Dovlatov: The Popular Soviet Emigre Writer

The 3rd of September marks the 76th birthday of Sergei Dovlatov, a writer who rose to fame in the West during the 1970s but who, very sadly, died far too young at the age of 49. Read this post to find out more about Dovlatov, including information about a forthcoming film about the author!

 
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Happy Day of Knowledge! // С Днём Знаний!
31.08.2017 17:24
festival, school, learning, culture
755
Happy Day of Knowledge! // С Днём Знаний!

Every year on the 1st September, Russia celebrates the ‘Day of Knowledge’ (День Знаний). The holiday bears such a name due to the fact that the day marks the end of summer, the beginning of autumn and, most importantly, the new academic year for students. In other words, the season of long summer days at the Dacha (summerhouse) has ended, and a new year of early-wakeups and homework has begun!

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This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea
29.08.2017 16:14
stpetersburg, coffee, tea, culture, history
755
This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea

This weekend, the International Festival of Coffee and Tea will come to St. Petersburg! In preparation for this event, read this article to learn more about Russia’s tea and coffee traditions! You can also find a copy of the festival’s programme in English at the bottom of this post.

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Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg
23.08.2017 14:13
stpetersburg, culture, festivals, summer, literature, onthisday
1292
Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg

Have you ever seen a ship with bright red sails, sailing along the Neva river? Do you know why this ship makes an appearance every June in St. Petersburg? Alas, all will become clear by the end of this post!

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La culture russe (1ère partie): les festivités
15.03.2017 15:28
Russie Culture
781
La culture russe (1ère partie): les festivités

La culture russe est riche et se décline de bien des façons. Voici un bref tour d`horizon des principales festivités.

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