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Contents
Introductory article by Editor in Chief Angelina Saule
Russia: geography, nature, people, traditions
Russian Sights: history, famous people, art, places of interest
Russian Cities: history, monunents, stories
Personalities: well known sons and daughters of Russia
The Scribe: travel notes, articles on Russian life
Sochi 2014: Winter Olympic games 2014
Music: festivals, trends, etc.
Fine Arts: Traditions of Russian handicraftsmen
Russian Proverbs and Sayings
26.01.2010, The Heroic Feat of Leningrad,
by Elena Moskal


If you look at a modern map of Russia, you will not find the city Leningrad, but only one called St.-Petersburg. With its majestic, restless, and at times, tragic history, this city is indissolubly connected with the history of the whole country. Leningrad: It is the young, proud, beautiful city St. Petersburg of the 19th century; the revolutionary city Petrograd in the beginning of the 20th century...    
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23.02.2009, Baikal - The Blue Eye of the Earth
by Slava Klimov


Some several million kilometers from the Earth's sphere, a blue eye six-hundred and thirty-six kilometres long and eighty kilometers wide can be spied several million kilometers from the earth's surface.
People living from time immemorial in Western Siberia considered Lake Baikal to be sacred. There are a number of large lakes...    
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13.01.2009, The Bright World of Dmitry Strizhov, or the Other Side
by Veronika Kalinina


My first encounter with Dmitry Strizhov was like a magical trip to an other world - a gulp of fresh air for a person who spends too much time in a gas-polluted megalopolis, who cant imagine things differently.
Dmitry Strizhov, a native of St. Petersburg, returned to his birthplace after a 15-year stint in New York. During that time...    
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24.12.2008, SOFKA: The search for one Russian identity and the (re)formation of another.
by Angelina Saule


Biographies generally emphasise the expectantly hazy divide between an author and their subject. Especially when the author is the namesake of the subject, and their subject happens to be their grandmother. Biography is highly complex: there is a certain lived existence that begins to be acted out, a lived life lurking within those living now...    
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01.12.2008, A Crash Course in How to Rub Shoulders with Gazprom.
by Galina Zueva


A lathered, worn face greets us at the dacha. Bounding about lightly in loafers, Lukin is no ordinary septuagenarian academic. Easy with real Russian hospitality which includes bowls of fruit and umpteen invitations to top up the cognac Lukins domestic persona...    
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28.10.2008, Trying to freeze the moment.
by Natalia Merkulova


The first thing I understood was that I could speak to him about everything: about his thoughts and ideas, his views, dreams and plans, about his pictures and his work on them, about Saint-Petersburg and the globe in general. I was charmed and amazed...    
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01.06.2008, The Fragility of a Russian Artist
by Angelina Saule


Our interview with Sergei takes place in his classroom, where he teaches children art at a community centre in Sestoretsk. The classroom attests to the remnants of bustling, inspired activity: half-dried pallettes, pieces of magazines strewn about, paintbrushes washed and drying on a rack, the walls heavy with paintings...    
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13.05.2008, Siverskiy: Prison or Refuge?
by Natalia Merkulova


One always finds the place where he grew up and which he left some time ago, touching and perhaps a bit pathetic like old shabby toys, which you used to play with, or unfashionable clothes you used to like so much and have come to discard. It is usually some provincial area, a small town or village which you leave...    
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07.04.2008, The darling buds of Elena Lialiaginia,
by Angelina Saule


The darling buds of Elena Lialiaginia, the principal whom we wrote about, were also busy preparing for St. Petersburgs birthday. Pupils from the ages of 5-13 were all involved in an imaginative project of painting their perspectives of the city, and as you can see...    
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22.02.2008, Pet therapy for Mentally Disabled Children,
by Irina Gorelova, translated by Slava Klimov


The program Pet Therapy for Mentally Disabled Children at the Child and Teenager Adaptation Centre in the Fruzensky District of St. Petersburg, has been in action since 2004. Being more than an educative or health care body, the Centre aims at integrating disabled children and their parents back into an active social life...    
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11.02.2008, Would you like St. Petersburg to be In Your Pocket?
by Angelina Saule


After securing a Professional Writing and Editing qualification under her belt, and moments of serendipity in St. Petersburg, Jennifer Fell filled us in about her job as editor of the popular visitor's guide, In Your Pocket.
For anybody that comes to St. Petersburg for the first time, IYP cements all the cracks of knowledge together...    
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12.01.2008, Love from first sightor my travel sketches,
by Elena Moskal


The St.Petersburg-Murmansk flight was an hour late. That means one more hour at Pulkovo airport - an hour of impatient waiting, an hour of hopes, an hour of wearisome idleness. But in my mind we were there already, in that snow-covered, cold, strange city - the city that we had known before only from photos, books and TV. How we wanted to get to that kingdom of snow...    
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28.12.2007, Lord of the Ice

To the joy of some, and to the detriment of others, the long awaited ice-skating rink in Winter Square, St. Petersburg, has finally opened. The proposal of this ice-skating rink caused (and is still causing!) a chasm between two different views of the city: Is it bad taste to erect an ice-skating rink amongst Heritage listed buildings? Is it disrespectful...    
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10.12.2007, "Other" Russias,
by Galina Zueva


So, how can we preserve culture? How can we exhibit or illustrate culture in a foreign tongue, or on foreign soil, hoping that it will bear juicy fruits despite transplantation? How can culture, as it exists in all sorts of guises, remain true to its traditions? Are we able to control the ways culture are preserved in another country...    
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29.10.2007, "The Enthuiast as Educator",
by Angelina Saule,
Photos by Sakura Flower


Elena is running off her feet, as a principal of one of St. Petersburg's finest, reputable, private schools. Elena's active, bustling role in changing the face of education represents the shifting role of women in Russia, who dissatisfied with an aspect of their society, decide to take things into their own hands and change them...    
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11.10.2007, "Khokhloma",
by Anna Kazakova


Everything in the world has its own beginning and its own source. And the earlier the origin, the hazier and more mysterious it becomes; and nowadays we are more curious than ever to know this origin.
   Once upon a time, an old man lived beyond the Volga River. Well known for being a skilled craftsman...    
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28.09.2007, "The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Designer (and DJ)",
by Galina Zueva


What does it mean to be an artist in Russia today? Must one compromise their aesthetic for the state, or possess 'coterminous' interests with sponsors from the new elite?
   Alexei Komov, a St. Petersburg born and bred DJ, who has risen to fame alongside the rise of house music in Russia, has now set his sanguine sights on fashion. Alexei has worked in the DJ industry...    
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20.08.2007, "St. Isaac's Cathedral",


HISTORY
St Isaac's Cathedral is one of the most interesting monuments of Russian art and classical architecture of the 19th century. It is the fourth largest cupola cathedral in the world after St Peter's in Rome, St Paul's in London, and Santa Maria Cathedral in Florence. It was designed by the French architect August Montferrand...    
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29.07.2007, "Castledance Vyborg, 07/07/07 - 08/07/07",
by Galina Zueva


11.35 PM 12.55 AM
After the two hour ride from St. Petersburg, I stroll the streets of Vyborg haphazardly, the endless mass of other wandering souls posing as some sort of guiding star towards the castle. After the quaint, silent and bumpy lanes of this bilingual town, I am met by security lines that rival bread lines. Teens threaten to break down the barrier and revolt ...     ... more ...
05.07.2007, "The sports ship Sochi 2014 has been launched",
by Evgeny Prun


Perhaps the Gods of Olympus ordered that Russia was to host the Winter Olympics. The vote of the IOC members in Guatemala City, on the fourth of July, handed the victory to Sochi a resort town on the Black Sea. This splendid place will be the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics ...     ... more ...
05.07.2007, "PUSHKIN",
by Galina Zueva


Every city seems to carve a face from stone. Especially when the temperature is -21, you've missed your metro stop, and the electricity goes out every other day. The sun also has its' share of amusement in playing hide-and-seek with the city's inhabitants, while my teenage students bring friends of death and morbidity to every class...     ... more ...
The Proverb of the Week

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(Every man is the blacksmith of his fortune)
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
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