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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…

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…

How will you spend November 7th?

How will you spend November 7th?

In Russia, November 7th is a date with an interesting story behind it. From 1917, it marked the Great October Socialist Revolution, though in post-Soviet times, it was renamed The Day of Accord and Conciliation by Boris Yeltsin’s government. Though…

Commemorating the 98th anniversary of the death of Tsar Nicholas II

Commemorating the 98th anniversary of the death of Tsar Nicholas II

17 July marks the day almost a century ago when the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in the city of Yekaterinburg.  That day in 1918 was to change the course of Russian history…