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Svetlana Smetanina One must turn to history in order to better understand the reasons behind the often-negative attitudes that countries have toward Russia today, especially in the West. Svetlana Koroleva is the director of the Russkiy Mir-supported project to create “National Myths About Russia,” an electronic resource for research and education, and a professor at the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod. She explains how this myth took shape as early as the chronicles of the Middle Ages and still flourishes today, even in the age of the Internet. – Where did the idea for...

12.09.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: History

Marina Bogdanova 17 July 1998 was a warm day, abnormally bright for Petersburg. The houses along Moscovsky Avenue let down silk tricolor flags—lowered and joined with ribbons of mouring. The traffic lights blinked yellow. The avenue, usually lively and filled with cars, was empty; policemen in white gloves stood on ceremonial, one positioned every 50 meters. “What happened?” asked Petersburgers in surprise. “We await the Emperor,” answered the sentries. “Nikolai Romanov.” That day, the remains of the emperor’s family were being laid to rest at the Peter and Paul Cathedral (except for...

17.08.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Inessa Filatova Countess Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck was a famous nineteenth-century Russian patron of the arts. Tchaikovsky would often visit and work at the von Meck estate, and he dedicated several musical works to his “best friend” there. Nadezhda von Meck supported other musicians as well: Nikolai Rubinstein, Claude Debussy, and Henryk Wieniawski. A correspondent from Russkiy Mir met with the Dutch great-great-great-granddaughter of Nadezhda von Meck, the art photographer Nadja Willems. Five Generations Later “Nadezhda von Meck is my oermoeder. This is a special word signifying...

08.06.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Array

Sergei Vinogradov Photo: Iuri Kashin Letters from the front constitute the basis for new tourist routes that are opening in various parts of Russia this year. The eight winners have been announced in a contest for historical military routes called “Take pride, country, in your valiant sons!” Sightseers visit memorable locations connected to World War Two, which are described by those who participated in these events in letters to their loved ones. The authors of three winning routes gave tours to a correspondent from Russkiy Mir. Viewing history through the testimony of those who lived it isn’t a...

19.05.2017
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Array

Aleksandr Gorianin How did the Russian Empire arise? What tied it together? Why were the Russians, rather than anyone else, able to create the most expansive state on Earth? Who else took active part in its formation? What was it like for individual nations within the empire—did they see it as a prison or a family? You can read about all of this in the latest work of the historian Aleksandr Gorianin. Only people unacquainted with history could fault Russia for having an empire. There are dozens of empires in human memory. Any country that was able to become an empire became one. Ancient Rome first annexed...

16.05.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Inessa Filatova For the past eighteen years, Dutch journalist Remco Reiding has been searching out relatives of the 865 Soviet prisoners-of-war who are buried at the Soviet Field of Honor memorial cemetery in Leusden, not far from Amersfoort. After years of painstaking work he has so far managed to find the families of 199 Soviet soldiers who were thought to be missing in action. A correspondent from Russkiy Mir spoke with Remco Reiding about this work and how it has changed his life. Remco Reiding has been awarded the title of knight in his native Holland, and in Russia he has received an award from the Ministry of Defense...

10.05.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Array

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