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Svetlana Smetanina 255 years ago, on August 3 (July 22 in the Julian calendar) 1763 the Russian Empress Catherine the Great signed a manifest permitting foreigners to settle in Russia. First hundreds, then thousands, followed by hundreds of thousands foreigners found a home and a more successful life in the territory of the Russian Empire.       It is understood that Catherine II wasn’t the first Russian ruler to open the so-called window to Europe. Small as they were, windows to Europe opened even before Peter the Great’s time. “Foreigners were invited to serve the state of Russia before, as early...

07.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

At night on July 16th 1918 in the basement of Ipatiev house in Yekaterinburg the Family of Nicholas the Second and a few of their attendants were executed by the order of the executive committee for the Ural Regional Council of Workers, Peasants and Military Deputies headed by the Bolsheviks. Yakov Yurovsky, a member of the Council, was in charge of the execution. Here is his story, simple and scary.        On July 15 I started to get ready, since everything had to be done quickly. I decided to employ as many people as there were shootees, gathered them, told them what it was all about and said that we had to get ready,...

23.07.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Yulia Goryacheva In accordance with the Franco-Russian military convention dated 1892, our countries were allies in the war always referred to as the Great War in France and as the Second Patriotic War in the Tsarist Russia. We call that cruel war the First World War. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s ending. Soldiers and officers of the Russian Expeditionary Force fought for the French Republic back in 1916 – 1918 demonstrating bravery and self-sacrifice, many of them losing lives. The bodies of the majority of the soldiers have never been found. Today Russia opens unfairly forgotten...

03.07.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Andrei Pravov This week, on February 15th, comes another anniversary of the Soviet troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. It’s been 29 years now. Time goes by and a lot of water has passed under the bridge over the Amu Daria River, the one the commander of the 40th army, General Boris Gromov, led his troops over to the Soviet territory. Veterans of that war have grown old and live in different countries now, not only the countries of the former USSR. I personally happened to meet Afghanistan veterans in the Check Republic, Germany and Israel. It is obvious that the veterans are all a part of the large Russian...

19.02.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Marina Bogdanova Winter in Russia is a time of joyful holidays. Christmas and Christmastide—up until the Epiphany—are the brightest and happiest days of winter. How did they celebrate these holidays beloved by the people in Old Rus? Thanks to the decrees of Peter the Great, Russian cities would turn into forests at Christmas, such was the abundance of fir trees brought in for sale. Vendors of hot saloop bustled amidst the snow-covered fir trees; stores were decorated with lanterns, tinsel, tree ornaments, and Christmas cards; carts with frozen birds and pork drove out to the markets, as the Christmas...

06.01.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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

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