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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 does Russia celebrate Easter at a different time?

Why does Russia celebrate Easter at a different time?

Have you ever thought about why Easter in Russia falls at a different time to the holiday in the west? It’s all to do with the calendar.  In Russia, dates are set from the Julian calendar while in the UK,…

Understanding Defender of the Fatherland Day

Understanding Defender of the Fatherland Day

Ladies, it’s time to go shopping!  But before you get too excited, it’s not for you.  This month, there’s a very special day in Russia which is dedicated to men, and I’m not referring to one particular man and Valentine’s…

Pancake week in Russia

Pancake week in Russia

How were your pancakes this year?  In the UK we’ll have consumed them on Shrove Tuesday but in Russia, limiting this sweet treat to just one day just can’t be done. In Russia, the week-long festivities are known as the…

Winter’s coming – and where better to spend it than in Russia?

Winter’s coming – and where better to spend it than in Russia?

Winter is a romantic notion here in the UK, especially in the south. We don’t understand winter because we don’t really get winter. A chill in the air?  Maybe. A dusting of powder on the streets until the sun gets…