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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

Aleksandr Gorianin “Petersburg grew atop the bones of its builders”—this myth is so persistent in both popular opinion and the work of historians who don’t specifically study this topic that it has hardly been discussed seriously until very recently. Meanwhile, this story has a few interesting twists in it. The Swede’s Envy The rumor was started in the middle of the eighteenth century by the Swedes—which isn’t surprising since the mouth of the Neva was taken from them and Swedish captives cut out the first trenches for what would become the city’s roads....

23.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin speaks with a journalist of Russkiy Mir about the present and the future of the bilateral Russian-Dutch relations, the “Nexit”, the Russian hackers and the compatriots in the Netherlands. - Mr. Shulgin, you arrived to the Netherlands at a period that was not easy for the Russian-Dutch relations. Introduction of the sanctions, accusations of involvement into the crash of the Malaysian aircraft. What tasks did you have at that time? - The main task for any ambassador is to promote...

21.03.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

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