So you want to feel safe in Russia – How about an Armored Vehicle as a Taxi?


Don’t be surprised if an Armored Car pulls up If you’re downtown St. Petersburg and looking to hail a taxi don’t be surprised if an armored car pulls up. It’s going to cost you a chunk of change but it will be worth it. Five thousand rubles will be enough to foot the bill. It’s … More So you want to feel safe in Russia – How about an Armored Vehicle as a Taxi?

Who is Vladimir Putin? Why Does the US Government Hate Him?


As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin. Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both. Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, “What about Putin?” … More Who is Vladimir Putin? Why Does the US Government Hate Him?

“Life in Russia” Nominated for – Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Recently “Life in Russia” was nominated for – Very Inspiring Blogger Award – by Patrick Jones at “The Linden Chronicles.” He has the same passion for paleo-anthropology and archaeology that I do, plus the fact we are both writers. When something like this happens I’m always thankful but realize the inspiration I receive comes not … More “Life in Russia” Nominated for – Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Medieval Swedish Sword Found in Siberia


German made, Adorned in Sweden How is it possible that a German-made 12th century blade, adorned in Sweden, reached Siberia? Buried under a tree in the Novosibirsk region, Archaeologists discovered a medieval sword. Unearthed in 1975 scientists are looking to unlocking it’s secrets with the help of European experts. It is the only weapon of … More Medieval Swedish Sword Found in Siberia

The 1956 Leningrad Sport Custom


The 1956 Leningrad Sport Custom By Arkadij Dmitrievich Babich This adorable two-seater sportscar is a one-of-a-kind home-made example made sometime in 1956 (or perhaps 1959..) by a citizen of Russian city Leningrad (now known as Saint-Petersburg) – Arkadij Dmitrievich Babich. Being his second or even third (according to different sources) self-built car, the Leningrad was … More The 1956 Leningrad Sport Custom

What does the Moon, St. Peterburg, and vodka have in Common?


 How it all started “I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper, only in one place did a correction later seem necessary.” Dmitrii Mendeleev, as quoted by Inostrantzev Ω We all know that Dmitrii Mendeleev created the … More What does the Moon, St. Peterburg, and vodka have in Common?

From “Fort” to “Plague Research Base” to “Rave Parties”


Fort Alexander St. Petersburg, Russia In the gulf of Finland rests a former military installation that has some very interesting history. Designed in an oval shape with an open court in the middle gave it great military advantage with it’s 103 cannon ports. The roofs of the fort were built to support another 34 large … More From “Fort” to “Plague Research Base” to “Rave Parties”

Will this be the greenist “Skyscraper ” in the world


After a failed start as the Okhta Center the Gazprom tower in the newest project renamed the “Lakhta Center” has been given approval to be built in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. This beautiful historic city will soon be home to the tallest Skyscraper in Europe. The failed project was to be build in … More Will this be the greenist “Skyscraper ” in the world

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