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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…

Russia’s most famous composers

Russia’s most famous composers

Even if you haven’t heard of the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, you’ll have heard of some of its alumni.  This prestigious Russian music school was founded 155 years ago and some of the most talented composers and…

August 22nd is Russia’s National Flag Day

August 22nd is Russia’s National Flag Day

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but did you know that the Russian flag is thought to be based around that of the Netherlands? To understand why, we need to go back to the reign of Peter…