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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…

Victory day in Russia and the country’s best military museums

Victory day in Russia and the country’s best military museums

It’s Victory Day in Russia on 9th May, marking the anniversary of the Allied triumph at the Eastern Front at the end of World War Two.  If you’re interested in all things military, then you’ll want to time your visit…

The fall of the Russian Monarchy

The fall of the Russian Monarchy

Russia, a hundred years ago. Times were hard. Severe food and fuel shortages had led to rationing. Rampant inflation decimated the value of the rouble, wiping out its buying power. There was widespread discontent. Strikes in what was then Petrograd’s factories were…