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Photo credit: The surrender by Germany in 1945 in four days of the legendary fortified city of Konigsberg became a national disaster for the Germans, believes Nikita Buranov, an expert of the Russian Military Historical Society. By April 9, the Red Army triumphantly...

09.04.2020 Subject: History

Photo credit: A model of the house where the Russian emperor Peter the Great stayed during his first visit to Holland in 1697 was presented at the museum of Zandam. The replica was created by carpenter and restorer Peter Hofeling, who used old drawings to bring...

11.12.2019 Subject: History

Photo credit: Admiral Kolchak archive is sold in auction on Novemberm, 21 in Paris, TASS reports. Drouot auction house has held the auction. The total price of the lots sold exceeded 3 mln euro. According to the auction house representative Mathilde Fennebresque, the collectors were excited to see on...

22.11.2019 Subject: History

Photo credit: GettyImages The Paris auction house Drouot is going to sell the archive of Admiral Kolchak, according to TASS. It was kept in the family of the recently deceased grandson of the admiral. Friends decided to put up for sale the preserved documents, including photographs, letters, notes and much more. ...

12.11.2019 Subject: History


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When he was about 10 years old, Devadatta Rajadhyaksha read the book The Adventures of Dennis, by Victor Dragunsky. Rajadhyaksha was mesmerized by naughty little Dennis, who kept grass snakes, lizards, and frogs in his pockets, made funny faces in front of the mirror, and liked to hop and skip. The book was originally written in Russian, but Rajadhyaksha read the book in his mother tongue, Marathi, as Dennis Chya Goshti. Rajadhyaksha is now in his forties, and the book is still a favorite.  Thanks to nostalgia, the literary legacy of the USSR has a long afterlife!
Soviet cars are greeted with welcoming car klaxons honking on the streets of New York, Berlin or Tokyo. It's a long time since German students bought Zhiguli cars, and French farmers acquired Lada Niva. As of today, collectors are chasing Volga, Pobeda (Victory) and Moskvich (Muscovite), which are exhibited in museums and in public squares. For many foreigners, Soviet cars are curiosity and novelty, but for Russian compatriots they symbolize nostalgia and connection with their homeland.
Every year in April we commemorate the glorious day of April 12, 1961. It was the day when Yuri Gagarin, the first man of the new space era, was brought to near-earth orbit by the Vostok-1 spacecraft. The flight lasted just a little over an hour and a half, but it turned Gagarin into a figure that has been admired throughout the world ever since. The feat accomplished by Gagarin 60 years ago inspires us to recall the incredible connection of his story with Lolita Torres - a singer and one of the top actresses from Argentina's golden era of cinema.
In 2021, the Lake Baikal Ice Marathon was held on Baikal for the 17th time. The reporter of the Dutch newspaper de Volksrant decided to test himself and overcome 42 kilometers at -29 degrees Celsius and in a scorching wind. He was joined by other 60 athletes.
General Nikolai Berzarin, the first post-war commandant of Berlin, was the very person that Berlin and its residents literally owed their lives to. But today very few people remember this feat of his. Ekaterina Dettmering, our compatriot from Germany, is the mind behind The Last Feat of Nikolai Berzarin project. And today the exhibition about this extraordinary person moves from online to offline.