Tag Archives: Russian history

Currently Reading: Catherine the Great

Did you know that Catherine the Great was originally German? That she was, in fact, a usurper in no way related by blood to the Romanovs? Me neither! She came to Russia when she was a teenager and changed her … Continue reading

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Russia, before the revolution

I came across these photo’s online the other day…aren’t they amazing? They were taken by a photographer in Russia between 1909 and 1914. It’s so cool to see color pictures from this time period…startling almost… Aren’t they fascinating?? It’s almost … Continue reading

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Russian Husband, Soviet Childhood

Being married to someone from another country is not as strange as I thought it would be. I thought our cultural differences would be a much bigger deal than they actually are. Probably this has a lot to do with … Continue reading

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Soviet still life

I never lived in the USSR, and I’m not even Russian. Somehow, though, I still get nostalgia for, what seems like sweeter, simpler times. One of the biggest surprises to me when I first lived in Russia was the amount … Continue reading

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Russia protests

Everyone in the newsroom is rabid over these post-election protests. Journalists are foaming at the mouth – “finally a story!” Actually, I stayed home today while tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow, demanding free elections, and shouting … Continue reading

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The Nineties: Bankers and Call Girls

When I think about the 1990s, I remember a kind of golden childhood haze. Something about Beanie Babies, Full House, WWJD bracelets, Lion King, Radio Disney, tamagotchi and vague recollections of general affluence and Bill Clinton. For Russians, however, the … Continue reading

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“We don’t smile because we’re serious about making you happy”

One of the first things people notice when visiting Russia is the lack of friendly smiles. Russians, at first glance, have often been noted for their air of gloominess and introspection, and their intense, ice-cold stares. I remember feeling constantly … Continue reading

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