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Once Russia had gone to sea, acquiring its own navy and overseas colonies (Russian America), it could only keep moving forward. It was hard to believe that just a little while ago the Russian navy, founded by the will of Peter the Great, didn’t exist at all. But now people were thinking of a voyage around the world that would be entirely under the naval flag of Russia.   Predecessors   The prominent diplomat and traveler Nikolai Rezanov once said, “May Russia’s fate be upon the wings of sails.” Many people would have signed onto this phrase, including commanders, simple...

03.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

This year Russia marks the one hundred year anniversary of the 1917 February Revolution. In Soviet times it was called a “bourgeois democratic revolution” (as opposed to the socialist October Revolution), but now more and more historians are inclined to view these events as a successfully planned сoup. The publicist and historian Aleksandr Gorianin reflects on what this February Revolution actually was. A Year Before the Bolsheviks Let’s count backwards from the Bolshevik coup exactly one year. Let’s forget everything we know about that year and immerse ourselves in the details of 25 October 1916...

02.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The Latest Fashion From Grandma’s Trunk Traditional Russian clothing is slowly, and imperceptibly to many, returning to everyday use. Even if one doesn’t yet hear the creak of valenki (traditional felt boots) along the dirty city snow or notice designs inspired by sarafans (traditional jumpers) on fashionable dresses, this tendency has already been noticeable in design studios and shops for several years now. Consumers and designers have been dipping into their grandmother’s trunks to get ideas for weekend and everyday wear. According to craftspeople and specialists in Russian outfits, this new fashion was, surprisingly...

17.02.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

The Russian diaspora in the USA has been shaped by several different currents — coming from Europe, China, and South America. What brings these people together? Why was there a pressing need to found the Congress of Russian Americans, which sees the fight against Russophobia as one of its main tasks? The President of the Congress of Russian Americans, Natalie Sabelnik, explains. - We ended our previous interview by talking about how a large group of refugees from Tubabao moved to the US. Tell us how these people established themselves: What did they do and how did they find work? - Of course, it was different...

14.02.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

As a public figure, producer, businesswoman, patron, and participant in a multitude of philanthropic endeavors, Marina Kovalyov is one of the primary “movers” of the American Russian-speaking community. In 1997 she and her daughter found the Russian American Foundation, which promotes interest in Russian language and culture, and she also organizes American-Russian cultural exchange projects. - Reading through a list of your honorary titles and awards, I came upon a prize you received long ago from TV Channel 13. It’s called “Immigrant Women Achieving the American Dream.” Do you agree with this wording? And...

06.02.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

States wage war not only with weapons, but also by spreading disparaging rumors. Russia has experienced this for centuries and continues to do so. The dissemination of the “Potemkin village” tale is the most successful negative “PR campaign” in history. This myth has kept going for over two hundred years. Even if you know nothing about the centuries of bad blood between England and the Netherlands, the dictionary can tell you about it: Dutch courage (drinking until you feel brave), Dutch widow (a prostitute), Dutch bargain (one made while drinking), Dutch feast (one where the host is...

02.02.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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