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Svetlana Smetanina The icebreaker, backpack parachute, tramcar, and foam fire extinguisher—all of these things have long belonged to the list of human achievements. Most people don’t know that they owe their existence to Russian inventors. At the turn of the twentieth century, Russia had one of the strongest schools of inventors in the world, although in many ways it developed in spite of circumstances. We discussed this topic with Tim Skorenko, the author of the book Invented in Russia and editor-in-chief of the Popular Mechanics website. – Where did you get the idea to write this book and how did...

21.11.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Georgii Osipov 7 November marked the centennial of the October Revolution—an event that, whatever you think of it, has done much to define the entire twentieth century. And of course, the main figure in these epoch-making events was Vladimir Ilich Lenin. We have attempted to “interview” the Bolshevik leader so that he might explain how he related to the tasks of revolution, politics, morality, and other questions that are important to us all. The “answers” are all taken with minimal editorial emendation from Vladimir Lenin’s Complete Collection of Works, as well as from Georgii Solomon’s collection of...

15.11.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Alexander Goryanin Poland appears frequently in the Russian informational space, but sadly, it appears almost every time for a painful reason. This results in a corresponding tone for discussions in online forums. Of course, even a passing familiarity with these forums will show that a typical Russian, especially a young one, does not have a high level of knowledge about Poland (to say the least). And this is too bad, since Russo-Polish relations are very instructive. Every country in the world is different, but many of them are still perceptibly similar to their neighbors. Poland in particular takes pride in not resembling...

04.11.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Dmitrii Klimov 150 years ago, on 18 October 1867, a ceremony was held to transfer Alaska into the jurisdiction of the United States. This was possible on account of an agreement signed by Russia and the United States of North America. The ceremony took place at the Port of New Arkhangelsk, the present-day city of Sitka. The signing of the corresponding document was organized on board the American wooden sloop of war Ossipee, which was first launched in 1861 and was considered by maritime standards to be one of the most modern vessels in the American navy. The participants in the signing of the treaty...

31.10.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Dmitrii Klimov The Russian expression “lost like Bekovich” once meant that someone had encountered a terrible misfortune, but it has long fallen out of common use. Nonetheless, the story of its emergence is quite revealing. Three hundred years ago, in 1717, Alexander Bekovich-Cherkassky led the first Russian army expedition to Khiva. Neither Bekovich nor the rest of his detachment were to return from this campaign. The Russian State and the East For a long time Khiva attracted Europeans with stories of its incredible riches. But an even more important factor...

05.10.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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

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