Tag Archives: Russian culture

Russian Ballets: The Nutcracker

Esteemed Readers, I suppose that “The Nutcracker” is one of the most famous Russian ballets in the world & you have heard of it or even watch it at least once. So I will only share some curious facts about … Continue reading

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles I

Esteemed Readers, I remind you that this year is a year of traditional Russian riddles. They are rather allegoric so I will leave you a certain hint every time. Use your imagination & intuition. Good luck! Hint: The first riddle … Continue reading

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Soviet Cuisine. Light Appetizers. Canapés.

To be honest, Esteemed Readers, it makes me smile to translate this kind of appetizer as “a canapè”, but to say “a toast” sounds even worse. Let’s consider that it is a canapè of the Russian size😁 with a big … Continue reading

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Concerning the Soviet New Year

The Soviet, later Russian, New Year is a very unique phenomenon appeared as a symbiosis of our antique tradition of rich zast’olje (long Russian feasts with rich foods lasted for several days) & restrictions of the Soviet epoch when most … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: Twenty Days Without War

“Twenty Days Without War” (1976) is a melodramatic war film blending cruelty of battles & a hostile routine of the war time. Based on a story by Konstantin Simonov & directed by Alexey German it reconstructs the Soviet reality of … Continue reading

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Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Saint Pantaleon

Saint Pantaleon (-305) is a very esteemed & venerated in the Russian Orthodox community. As our nation is very suspicious to any sort of doctors & medical treatments, Saint Pantaleon might be considered one of the most important Saints of Russia … Continue reading

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Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Stylianos of Paphlagonia

Stylianos of Paphlagonia(app. 400AD-500 AD) or Stylianos the Hermit is an unusual Saint highly venerated in the Russian Orthodox Church. On one hand, he is an example of a pious asceticism, on the other he is a healer & children’s … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas X

Another TV-series telling about events of the Second World War (1941-1945) in Russia, therefore worthy of watching, is “Battalions Ask for Fire” (1985) made by the Soviet film-directors Vlad’imir Tchotabir’ev & Alexandr Bogol’ubov.  It is based on a historical war … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas IX

Esteemed Readers, I have discovered a great TV series covering the period of the Great October Revolution 1917, the Civil War that followed after it & the Second World War in the Soviet Union. It is called “The State Border” … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas VIII

In 1977 Vas’ilij B’ikov, one of our famous actors, film directors & the war participant, presented a very profound & curious film uniting the war, its memory & next generation. It is called “One-Two, Soldiers were going…/Ati-Bati, shli sold’ati”(1977). The … Continue reading

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