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It’s International Women’s Day – how will you mark the occasion?

It’s International Women’s Day – how will you mark the occasion?

This year, the theme of International Women’s day is #BalanceforBetter. Organisers have the following message for those intending to formally mark the occasion, which this year falls on Friday 8th March: “A balanced world is a better world. How can…

Enjoy a Troika Ride in Russia

Enjoy a Troika Ride in Russia

What is Troika? It is a traditional Russian harness driving structure, using three horses, usually pulling a sleigh. Come to Russia in winter and enjoy those unforgettable moments of driving a troika.

Commemorate a hundred years since Solzhenitsyn’s birth this December

Commemorate a hundred years since Solzhenitsyn’s birth this December

One of the most moving pieces of Russian literature is surely One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. It bears the distinction of being the only one of Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn’s works to be published in the Soviet Union…

The cats of the Hermitage

The cats of the Hermitage

This summer, the world cup comes to Russia and the spotlight will be – unusually – on a cat named Achilles. He’s no ordinary cat, of course, and he’ll also be the only animal in the country to receive a fan…

Why not visit the Tretiakov Gallery next time you’re in Moscow?

Why not visit the Tretiakov Gallery next time you’re in Moscow?

It’s a well known fact that St Petersburg has a world-renowned art museum in the form of the Hermitage, but did you know there’s a historic gallery in Moscow that’s equally worth a visit? 185 years ago, on 27 December…