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Are you prepared for the 75th anniversary of Victory Day?

Are you prepared for the 75th anniversary of Victory Day?

This year, on May 9th, it’s the 75th anniversary of Victory Day and a very important holiday in Russia. To understand why, you need to know that this is the day Russia marks VE Day. It’s celebrated elsewhere in Europe…

Did you know Christmas celebrations in Russia take place in January?

Did you know Christmas celebrations in Russia take place in January?

The Christmas decorations were all packed away weeks ago here in the UK, but Russia’s  just finished clearing up after its Christmas celebrations.  In Russia, those following the Orthodox religion choose to fast for 40 days, abstaining from meat and…

Have you visited the Arkhangelskoye Estate near Moscow?

Have you visited the Arkhangelskoye Estate near Moscow?

St Petersburg is well known for its palaces and museums, but you’ll find an estate just as beautiful and historic on the outskirts of Moscow. This architectural complex is called the Arkhangelskoye Estate and it plays host to a wonderful…

It’s Victory Day in Russia this May

It’s Victory Day in Russia this May

Russia commemorates Victory Day on May 9th. It’s an important date on the calendar, marking the day when Russians got their country back after defeating Nazi Germany in World War Two. If you’re wondering why Russia doesn’t commemorate VE day…

The White Nights festival in St. Petersburg

The White Nights festival in St. Petersburg

Culture vultures with a penchant for staying up late: this one’s for you. In midsummer, on account of its latitude, St Petersburg becomes the city of the white nights. The sun sets late into the evening and dark, when it…