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Polina Skolkova V. Schwartz. Palm Sunday in Moscow Under Aleksey Mikhailovich. Procession of the Patriarch on a Donkey, 1865. The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem, Fig Sunday, Flower-bearing Sunday, or just Palm Sunday—it’s a holiday that has been observed the week before Easter since the very first centuries of Christianity. Hardly anyone knows that in medieval Russia this holiday was celebrated with a colorful procession, involving both the tsar and the patriarch. On Palm Sunday Christians remember an event that happened two thousand years ago—the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into...

13.04.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Editors of Russkiy Mir On 7 April a bilateral meeting called “Strategic Dialogue: Russia and India” took place between Russian and Indian experts. Its organizers were two long-time partners: the Russkiy Mir Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation in India. The meeting was scheduled to precede the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India, celebrated on 13 April. Experts representing Russian and India took part in this meeting. The opening address and greeting were given by the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian...

13.04.2017
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Общество

The “Great Game” and the “War of Shadows” were names given to the late nineteenth-century rivalry between Russia and Great Britain for influence in South and Central Asia. It was a geostrategic and political struggle. But it was also a duel between the intelligence agencies of two powerful empires and took very many interesting turns. And here we are again, snarling at each other, hating each other, but not wanting a war. --Lord Palmerston As early as the eighteenth century, the English had become concerned with Russian expansion to the south. They didn’t believe that...

07.04.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Politics

Aleksei Fedorov This year marks the 150th anniversary of the treaty to sell Alaska. This event so surprised the public at the time that it caught spurred discussions and remained in the papers for almost a year. And the deal had no shortage of critics on either side. Selling Alaska: Fact and Fiction U.S. journalists directed all kinds of criticisms toward the government for the sale and came up with ironic names for these snowy regions. There were also quite a few critics in Russia, though they still showed respect for the monarch’s wishes. The official news agency informed the public of the sale as if in...

06.04.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Russians who Brought Glory to France Anastasia Aliamovskaia After the Revolution, the Russian emigration spread as a large wave across the whole world. According to approximate numbers, up to 2 million people fled from Bolshevism and more than 400 thousand found a home in France. In foreign lands, these exiles had to face the difficulties of life and take up work—some in factories and restaurants, others becoming taxi drivers. There were also those who managed to maintain a spiritual connection to Russia, while also integrating into the ways of French life and contributing much to their new homeland by placing...

03.04.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Marina Bogdanova The family became a subject of academic study not so long ago—in the 19th century. Nonetheless, research on the family comes out with impressive regularity. There’s nothing surprising about this: families are what make up a society. When you study the history of a particular family, you inadvertently come to know the history of a generation. What did the typical Russian family look like before the beginning of modernization in the 20th century? The Nobility. Duty and Honor As soon as he was born, the Russian nobleman already had a purpose and destiny. He was destined for service,...

24.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: European Russian Forum

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