Amy Kuivalainen–East of the Sun

This week we are exploring Scandinavia with a delightful new author. Amy Kuivalainen is a Finnish Australian writer with an obsessive interest in the fairy tales and mythology of the Nordic countries and Russia, as well as magical wardrobes, doors, auroras and burial mounds that might offer her a way into another realm. Until her […]

Russia and the Baltic–East of the Sun

Please Note: Schedules are to be considered tentative and subject to change. This week we are exploring Russia and the Baltic, and we will return to the Middle East once we find our lost camels and get our expedition back together again. Russia is the largest and one of the most misunderstood countries in the […]

Guardians Full Length Trailer

After the tantalizing sneak peak of Guardians from last year, the internet has been eager to learn more about the Russian superhero film. Fortunately a new English-language trailer full of lovely plot hints and action shots just hit the web.

January 17th, 1904 – The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard was the last play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. It opened at the Moscow Art Theatre on January 17th, 1904 in a production directed by Constantin Stanislavski. Although Chekhov intended it as a comedy, and it does contain some elements of farce, Stanislavski insisted on directing the play as a tragedy. Since this […]

January 5th, 1912 – The Prague Conference

The Prague Conference, officially the 6th All-Russian Conference of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, was held in Prague, Austria-Hungary from January 5th, 1912 to January 17th, 1912. Eighteen Bolsheviks attended, although Joseph Stalin and Yakov Sverdlov, who were in exile at the time, were not able to. Georgi Plekhanov claimed he was too ill to […]

November 12th, 1927 – Trotsky Expelled

On November 12th, 1927, Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union.

Zashchitniki: Russian Sci-Fi Turns Super

The Cold War inspired many of America’s favorite superheroes, particularly of the spy and assassin variety, a reflection of America’s perception of the Soviet Union at the time. Such pop culture icons continue to evolve to resonate with current events and trends, but their roots will always mark the era of their birth. As political […]

June 29th, 1914 – Noseless Woman Attacks Rasputin!

According to the records of the Extraordinary Investigative Commission of the Provisional Government, Khioniya Guseva was a peasant of Syzran district uyezd of Simbirsk guberniya. The dates of Guseva’s birth and death are unknown, but the police report indicates that she was 33 when she tried to assassinate Rasputin.

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