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.

“Ra Ra Rasputin: Lover of the Russian Queen


“Ra Ra Rasputin: lover of the Russian queen In this song Grigori Rasputin’s allegedly heals Tsarevich Alexei of Russia of hemophiliac, this greatly endeared him to the boy’s mother, the Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna (former Princess Alix of Hesse). It also claims that Rasputin was Alexandra’s paramour (“Ra Ra Rasputin: lover of the Russian queen – there … More “Ra Ra Rasputin: Lover of the Russian Queen

Russian government commits funding to Moscow-Kazan HSR


The Future is Here Russia’s federal government has set aside RUB 6 billion (€81.2 million) in 2015 to design its planned high-speed railway between Moscow and Kazan. Russian Railways (RZD) is planning to issue a tender in 2015 to select a partner to conduct surveying and project design work for the 770-kilometre Russian-gauge railway. The … More Russian government commits funding to Moscow-Kazan HSR

More Russians see India as “true path” to spirituality


The following is from an article in the Russia and India Report Story by: Elena Revinskaya, specially for RIR Flexible enough? Ancient healing from India Some Russian certified yoga teachers have become as flexible and professional as Indian masters and look to become spiritual gurus for their compatriots back home. India attracts people from Russia … More More Russians see India as “true path” to spirituality

Kazan’s New Jewel – At the Heart of the City


Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and Riviera Tower Limited Liability Company have signed a management contract for a new deluxe hotel in Russia. The Kazan property will help the international hotel group with Swiss roots reinforce its footing in the Eastern European market and is scheduled to open in 2016. The new outstanding hotel will follow … More Kazan’s New Jewel – At the Heart of the City

One of Russia’s Gems – “Kolomna” – Off the Beaten Path


First Edition Near the confluence of three rivers, the Oka, Moskva, and Kolomenka stands the oldest  and probably one of the most beautiful cities, Kolomna. The city itself is only 117 kilometers away from Moscow and the center point on the way to Kyazan. What draws people to this settlement is not necessarily tangible but … More One of Russia’s Gems – “Kolomna” – Off the Beaten Path

Top Secret Abandoned Submarine Base in the Ukraine – Part II


Object “221” Another Secret Base Found In course of recent events, another secret base of the former Soviet Union comes to light. In Crimea near Balaklava where a top-secret submarine base is  already located this second site “Object 221” has been discovered. This second bunker was planned to protect the upper élite of Black Sea … More Top Secret Abandoned Submarine Base in the Ukraine – Part II

Mirror Reflections – Armenia & Russia


National gallery of Armenia Life in Armenia Interesting Facts About Armenia About 10% of the population live below the international poverty line. This means they earn less that US$1.25 per day. Armenia is a ‘landlocked’ country. It is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Nakhchivan. Wrestling, weightlifting, judo, chess and boxing are the most … More Mirror Reflections – Armenia & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Azerbaijan & Russia


Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center Life in Azerbaijan This fertile, generous and friendly land was and is the home of many inspired thinkers, philosophers, scientists, poets, architects, musicians and artists. There is a legend tells that Zardusht was born in this land. Azerbaijan has enriched all humankind with such geniuses as Nizami Ganjevi, Hagani Shirvani, Bahmanyar, … More Mirror Reflections – Azerbaijan & Russia

“Sorry” there are no plastic smiles in Russia


Foreigners are constantly told that Russians are surprisingly, “unsmiling people”. They write about it in their blogs and guidebooks , ask about it in person , share it with their friends and acquaintances . Indeed, we smile much less of other nationalities , but as it turns out , we have our reasons . Renowned … More “Sorry” there are no plastic smiles in 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?

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Well it’s that time again. “Life in Russia” brought to you by an American Monkey in Kazan will be on vacation for the next several weeks. This last six months has been absolutely wonderful. I never would have thought my blog would touch as many lives as it has. It has been viewed almost 14,000 … More Stay tuned