Showing posts from July, 2012

The City Of Mighty Bridges

The City Of Mighty Bridges: Kiev has many beautiful bridges. Photos of some of them were taken in severe Ukrainian winter from the frozen surface of the wide Dnieper river. Others are shown in the rays of electric light between dusk and bed-time. Southern and … Read more...

Leonid Andreyev: To the Russian Soldier

SOLDIER, what hast thou been under Nicholas the Secone? Thou hast been a slave of the autocrat. Conscience, honor, love for the people, were beaten out of thee in merciless training by whip and stick.
   "Kill thy father and thy mother if they raise their hands against me," commanded the autocrat, -- and thou becamest a parricide.
   "Kill thy brother and thy sister, thy dearest friend and everyone who raises a hand against me," commanded the autocrat, -- and thou didst kill thy brother and thy dearest friend, and becamest like Cain, shedding the blood of thy kin.
   When the gray coats appeared in the streets and the rifles and bayonets glittered -- we knew what that meant: it was death stalking! It meant death to those innocent and hungry ones who thirsted for brighter life and raised their voices bravely against the tyrant. It meant death, destruction, peril, tears, and horror. Thou wast terrible, Soldier!
   But thou wast brave in the field, Russian Soldier. . . . …

Private Life of the Royal Family

Private Life of the Royal Family: Nikolay II was an examplary family man. He spent all his spare time with his family. True love and spiritual consonance distinguished this family from many others. Nokolay spent much time with his daughters, read them books and historic works. … Read more...

Boris Akunin: Russia's Dissident Detective Novelist

Grigory Chkhartishvili has his best ideas in the morning. When he first wakes up, the fifty-six-year-old writer—who, under the pseudonym Boris Akunin, is one of Russia’s most widely read contemporary authors—might think of a new predicament in which to ensnare his popular hero, Erast Fandorin, the dashing nineteenth-century detective who can see into people’s souls and always wins at games of chance. (Locked in a cellar by a pint-sized lord of Moscow’s criminal underworld known as “Little Misha”? Bested in a ship’s salon by a pregnant French psychopath posing as a gutbürgerlich Swiss questing for a trove of priceless Indian emeralds? Tricked by the butler out of winning the heart of Romanov princess Xenia?) Before his first cup of coffee, Akunin might hit on a solution to one of these predicaments (An arsenal of traditional Japanese weapons hidden in the crutches of Fandorin’s impeccable beggar disguise; a very ugly grandfather clock that falls on the pregnant psychopath just as she …

How Diamonds Are Mined In Russia

How Diamonds Are Mined In Russia: “Severalmaz” (“North Diamond”) is located in the Archangelsk region. Its operator, “Alrosa”, is the largest diamond mining company in Russia. Way to the richest Lomonosov deposit Diamonds were found in the Archangelsk region in 1980, the Lomonosov deposit turned out … Read more...

The Glory of The Mariinsky Ballet (1995)


Beauty of the Ukrainian Nature

Beauty of the Ukrainian Nature: A set of pictures taken in Ukraine: nature and landscapes of the Kiev Sea and Korostyshev. via timphoto

Elena Obraztsova - Biography

Russian singer (mezzo-soprano); born on July, 7, 1939 in Leningrad.
Father - Vasily Alekseevich Obraztsov (1905-1989).
Mother - Natalia Ivanovna Obraztsova (1913-1994).
First husband - Vyacheslav Petrovich Makarov (* 1938), a physicist.
Second husband – Algis Martselovich Zhiuraitis (1928-1998), conductor.

Elena has a daughter from her first marriage - Elena Vjacheslavovna Makarova (* 1966), who is a
singer (soprano) and a grandson - Alexander Makarov (*1988).

Memories of Elena’s childhood are connected to war and blockade. Her father left for the front and the family remained in besieged Leningrad up to
the end of winter of 1942. Later, Elena, her mother and grandmother were evacuated across Ladoga lake to a small town Ustjuzhnu of the Vologda
area where they lived until summer of 1945. After war living was hard and difficult. Her father returned after a year, her mother had to work and
Elena was given to a kindergarten.

At the age of 5 Elena started singing. She sang w…

World's Biggest Collection of Samovars Displayed in Tsaritsyno

Famous Russian brands - samovars and Gzhel - are presented at the exhibition project At the Tea Table opened in the Grain House in the Tsaritsyno Memorial Estate.

The exposition includes 140 works by masters of the applied art of Gzhel and about 200 samovars of the 18th-20th centuries. All the exhibits are provided by private collectors. "The exhibition presents the world's largest and the most famous collection of Russian samovars, collected by three generations of the Lobanovs family from Petersburg. It presents samovars as true works of art that feature all renowned samovar masters and geography of samovar business in Russia" - the project organizers said at the opening ceremony.

Life In the Severe Region

Life In the Severe Region: Let’s see how people live in Siberia. In the Novosibirsk region coal of high quality is extracted and exported to other countries. No other places have such coal. Local boys Bus stop This guy builds an unusual wood house. In … Read more...

Andrei Gavrilov plays Rachmaninov Elegie op3 No1


22 June: Fateful Decisions

Especially for this film, historians Mikhail Meltyukhov and Mark Solonin have studied piles of archive documents - almost everything available about the so-calles "pre-war" period. Unfortunately, a lot of documents aren't available. A lot of funds are still classified. While the others are open, but a historian can't get all the important documents. Todau they have to approve or disprove many of the deep-rooted myths.

Anna Netrebko - Norma Casta Diva (Vincenzo Bellini)


A. Glazunov - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (Hahn, WDR Symphony, By...


Sergey Yesenin: You don't love me

You don't love me and don't  feel compassionDon"t you think that now I look my best?Though you look aside you"re thrilled with passionAs you put your arms upon my chest.You are young , so sensitive and zealous,I am neither bad nor very good to you.Tell me, did you pet a lot of fellows?You remember many arms and lips? You do?They are gone and haven"t touched you any,Gone like shadows, leaving you aflame.You have sat upon the laps of many,You are sitting now on mine, without shame.Though your eyes are closed, and you are ratherThinking of some one you really  trust,After all, I do not love you either,I am lost in thought about my dear past.Don"t you call this zeal predestination,Hasty tie is  thoughtless and no good,Like I set up this unplanned connection,I will smile when leaving you for good.You will go the pathway of your ownJust to have  your days unwisely spent,Don"t  approach the ones not fully grown,Don"t entice the ones that never burnt.When…

Sunrise From the 370 Meters Height

Sunrise From the 370 Meters Height: The complex “City” in Moscow has a new highest building – “Mercury”, 370 m high. Let us meet the sunrise on this height. There are no traces of the fire of the Federation tower anymore. Workers Raining Quite risky! Wonderful … Read more...

The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra turns 130

One of the world’s oldest orchestras and the very first one to be founded in Russia, the legendary Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 130th jubilee. The orchestra was founded on July 16, 1882, when Emperor Alexander III decreed the establishment of a ‘musical choir’. The history of the orchestra, however, is linked to the names of two outstanding Russian conductors: Yevgeny Mravinsky, who ran the company from 1930 until 1980s, and his successor Yuri Temirkanov, who has been leading the orchestra for nearly 35 years. Music critic Leonid Gakkel shared his impressions of the two maestros in an interview with the VoR. "Mravinsky was Saint Petersburg personified! He was a symbol of Petersburg, a true aristocrat, a patrician. Temirkanov is an artist, an open-hearted and very temperamental person, who shares his energy with the orchestra and the audience. Temirkanov should be credited for having managed to preserve the atmosphere which the orchestra had always been kno…

The dramatic life and death of Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin is not appreciated fully in the West, where his virtues are lost in translation, but he is a literary hero in the land of his birth. Hailed as the father of Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin was born 213 years ago this month. He is as revered by Russians as Shakespeare is by the British but he is not as well known in the West as Russian literary giants like Tolstoy or Dostoevsky. This is because much of his work, including the novel Eugene Onegin, was written in verse, makingeffective translation much more difficult . Pushkin’s plays and stories have inspired operas, songs and ballets; it is rare to meet a Russian who cannot quote his poetry by heart. It is hardly surprising that every Russian town and village wants to claim a piece of Pushkin and hundreds of monuments are dedicated to the writer. An hour west of Moscow, near Zakharovo, a monument dedicated to Pushkin as a child stands in a small orchard that once belonged to his maternal grandmother, Maria Hannibal.…

Leo Tolstoy reads from "For Every Day", 1908


Caucasia and Transcaucasia: Ethnic Photos From the XIX Century

Caucasia and Transcaucasia: Ethnic Photos From the XIX Century: Dmitry I. Ermakov (1845—1916) was a Russian photographer, orientalist, ethnographer. He was travelling much and took a lot of interesting ethnic photos of Caucasia and Transcaucasia. Asian lunch in a dukhan Aralykh. Blind man’s buff game Akhtani – entrance to … Read more...

Nadezhda Obukhova - Biography

Nadezhda Obukhova (1886 - 1961) was the Soviet singer, mezzo-soprano, soloist with the Bolshoi Theater. Stalin Prize winner, People's Artist of the USSR. Those who have ever head her singing alive were enchanted by both unique, exuberant 'mezzo', reaching naturally contralto, the beauty, grace and the manner of singing as if she was sharing her soul with the public. Pianist Heinrich Neuhaus said that "he who even once hears her voice, will never forget it..."

Obukhova came from an artistic family. Two of her uncles were professional singers, one of whom was the opera director of the Bolshoi Theatre. Her grandfather Adrian Mazaraki was a noted pianist, and her great-grandfather Yevgeny Boratinsky was a poet of some fame. Recalling her childhood memories Nadezhda Obukhova said she began to sing as early as she remembered herself and was always touched by sad Russian songs about hard fate of a Russian woman. This was her grandfather who taught her singing and playing t…

Soviet Fashion 1946

Soviet Fashion 1946: Photos from the magazine “Soviet woman” 1946.  via ihistorian

Duckworth plans Russian literature collection

Indie publisher Duckworth has teamed up with the Read Russia project to create a 125-volume collection of translated Russian literature, featuring everything from Tolstoy and Pushkin to lesser-known modern writers. The Russian Library project is due to begin publishing in autumn 2013 with five volumes released in print and digital, and with a further 10 books expected to follow each year. Duckworth owner Peter Mayer said: “The goal of The Russian Library is to transcend the well-respected classics and broaden the awareness of Russian culture by making available for the first time in uniform editions these important works of literature, so many barely known outside Russia.” The uniform library will cover 1,000 years of Russian fiction, drama and poetry, and will be produced in collaboration with Read Russia, an initiative to promote Russian culture sponsored by the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications.

When the Whole Life Just Floats Away

When the Whole Life Just Floats Away: The Krasnodar region is suffering the utterly devastating flood: more than 12 thousand of people suffered, about 150 – died. People keep shooting the terrible situation: corpses of people and pets are lying right in the streets, rescue workers come … Read more...

Russia’s last writer - Ludmila Petrushevskaya

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya sweeps into the crumbling hall of a small museum west of Moscow’s Red Square. Topaz and turquoise knuckle-dusters flash on her fingers as she stomps about in Juicy Couture ski boots. Aged 72, she does not look like a literary legend. And yet that is exactly what many in Russia and beyond consider her to be: the last of the great dissidents. As her translators Keith Gessen and Anna Summers put it: “With the death of Solzhenitsyn, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Petrushevskaya is Russia’s best-known living writer.” Despite having won the Russian Booker Prize and still hotly in demand with her public, Petrushevskaya rejects her legacy as a writer. “It has nothing to do with me,” she says coldly. This month, some of her best-known short stories will appear in the UK for the first time, but Petrushevskaya is less excited about seeing her work translated into English than about her new ambition: to be known as Russia’s Susan Boyle, the Britain’s Got Talent

Pirates in Russia plunder e-book market

Russia's publishing industry faces a tough challenge in fighting the illegal downloading of books, which is limiting the sales of print and e-books.

Sales of e-books in Russia are rocketing.Increasing twelvefold in the past three years, sales in 2011 totalled 135m roubles (£2.6m). However, these are dwarfed by the high number of illegal downloads, which account for as much as 90pc of the e-book market. In Britain, illegal downloads make up only 29pc of the market, according to Entertainment Media Research. The federal press and mass communications agency, Rospechat, claims sales lost to piracy in Russia add up to several billion roubles a year. Part of the problem, according to Rospechat, is that more than 100,000 titles are on offer through illegal downloading sites while only 60,000 titles are available from legal suppliers. In a recent interview with, Mikhail Kotomin, editor-in-chief of independent Moscow publishing house Ad Marginem, said that success in legal sales o…

Catherine the Great Exhibition Opens in Moscow

Exhibition "Catherine II. Way to the Throne" opened in the State Historical Museum is dedicated to the 250th anniversary since the accession to the throne of the well-known ruler.

      The exposition acquaints visitors with the initial stage of life of Catherine II in Russia: from her arrival to the country to her enthronement. 

      Key sections of the exposition will tell about the origin of the German princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg and her education, arrival in Russia, conversion into Orthodoxy, marriage to the successor to the Russian throne, giving birth to their son, as well as the palace revolution of June 28 and coronation of September 22, 1762.

      The materials and relics gathered at the exhibition are of great historical value and will make it possible for visitors to plunge into the atmosphere of the 18th century.