Some misconceptions about Russia and Russians.

10. All Russians are communists. Russia had a communist government when it became part of the Soviet Union in 1922.  But it wasn’t a communist state before that and it hasn’t been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.  In fact, the Russian government was occasionally criticized in the 1990s for having too few regulations … More Some misconceptions about Russia and Russians.

Top Ten Differences between America and Russia

 10. How they view a Party Whereas an American office party will usually feature soda and a pizza, it’s not uncommon for Russians to drink wine, vodka and whiskey at a company party. It’s also common for people to get extremely plastered and bear their emotions to the entire world at house parties. See more here. 9. How they view each other Russians … More Top Ten Differences between America and Russia

Sunsets on Russian Rivers

Sunset on the Yenisei River Sunset on the Lena River Sunset on the Ob River Sunset on the Volga River Sunset on the Moscow River Sunset on the Amur River Sunset on the Kolyma River Sunset on the Angara River Sunset on the Ural River  

Top 10 Russian Stereotypes – A Parody

1. All Russian women are beautiful……. It’s been heard that all Young Russian women are gorgeous, and they are very particular about their appearance… they won’t leave the house without their hair and make-up done to perfection everything about them will perfectly matching. Even in the winter, a fur coat, high heels, short skirt with … More Top 10 Russian Stereotypes – A Parody

Lighthouses of Russia

Mys Aniva, Sakhalin, Russia This lighthouse was built under extremely difficult conditions on what was once a jagged rock just off the southeastern-most cape of Sakhalin island. The Mys Aniva lighthouse is over three quarters of a century old and has seen a lot of history during its lifespan. Late 1930s when Sakhalin was divided … More Lighthouses of Russia

How many time zones are there in Russia?

There are 9 time zones in Russia Up until 2010 there were 11 time zones in Russia, the decision was made to drop two of them. Here’s a sunset from the zones starting from Magadan and finishing in Kaliningrad Magadan, Russia Vladivostok, Russia Yakutsk, Russia Irkutsk, Russia Krasnoyarsk, Russia Omsk, Russia Ekaterinburg, Russia Moscow, Russia … More How many time zones are there in Russia?

Top 10 Russian Inventions that helped change the world

Contributions by Russian Inventors The development of global scientific thought has been influenced by Russian inventors who have greatly contributed much to the world. Some of these inventions have literally transformed the world, some of them are debatable about who where the real inventors. What is known is all of us that we have been … More Top 10 Russian Inventions that helped change the world

Top 10 Statues of Russia (and former USSR)

10. Monument to Minin & Pozhavsky Nizhny Novgorod Minin and Pozharsky liberated Moscow from foreign clutches. Their feat was commemorated by the construction of the Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, which was commissioned in 1812 to mark the bicentennial of this event, and was to be placed in Minin’s hometown of Nizhny Novgorod. However, Tsar … More Top 10 Statues of Russia (and former USSR)

Culture and Character of Russia Part II

State and Society The Russian Heritage Russia has a history of power centrally concentrated in the economy, culture, education, media, religion, and citizens private lives. Initiative has been stifled in the process. The Bureaucracy  In the USSR many officials considered themselves a superior species, appointed to drive the herds of human cattle.  Nepotism, friendships, or … More Culture and Character of Russia Part II

Culture and Character of Russia

Culture and Character Egalitarianism Egalitarianism is a social philosophy that advocates the removal of inequities among persons and a more equal distribution of benefits. This is rooted in the agricultural village milieu, not an invention of Communism. Peasants could not leave the mir without an internal passport, issued by their heads of household. Russians are … More Culture and Character of Russia

Russian / American Cultural Contrasts

America and Russia Similarities Both countries are multi-ethnic, continental, great powers, expansionist, tamed a wilderness, and settled by a variety of diverse groups. Both regard themselves as chosen nations with a messianic mission, destined to bring their own versions of enlightenment to less fortunate people, They are both Nuclear powers. The countries both think BIG, … More Russian / American Cultural Contrasts

Ten most Beautiful Bridges of St. Petersburg

Lomonosov Bridge Named after the great Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, whose advances in chemistry, mathematics, linguistics and literature made him a kind of one-man Russian Enlightenment during the reigns of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the Fontanka River about 300m south of Nevsky Prospekt. Dating from the late 18th … More Ten most Beautiful Bridges of St. Petersburg