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On this day: The Central Bank of the Russian Federation was established
Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:00

The Central Bank of Russia was founded on July 13, 1990.

It is Russia’s central bank and implements, together with the Russian government, a single monetary policy. According to the constitution, it is an independent entity, with the primary responsibility of protecting the stability of the national currency: The ruble.

Vladimir Putin's economic...

What is it like to be the personal cameraman of Soviet leaders
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:52

My dad, Sergey Grigoryan, was one of the most experienced and well-known cameramen in Russia. He filmed Leonid Brezhnev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev. He scaled the world’s highest mountains, lived in Hungary and Mexico, suffered frostbite, and fought with bandits - all for the love of his profession.

Working in the newsroom,...

Fancy plate: Can you guess what these delights are made of?
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:34

Rustam Tangirov, one of Russia’s most renowned chefs and winner of numerous culinary competitions, nevertheless considers cooking to be a very complex process. For example, when you have been conjuring culinary magic for so many years, the dish’s decoration is just as important as the recipe. Both must be impressive. Want to try it yourself?


6 habits from the Soviet Union that Russians can’t shake
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:25


1. Never throw anything out

People who have experienced years of deficit, just cannot throw out anything./ V. Titov/TASS

Ever walked past an apartment block in Russia and noticed a series of balconies bulging out the side, packed tight with God knows what? Old wooden skis, broken radios, car parts, unwanted relatives...absolutely anything. Well,...

A farewell to traditional arms: Russia develops weapons for the future
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:49

Radio-electronic weapons

Radio-electronic weapons cripple enemy equipment with concentrated and powerful energy bursts. Such weapons could hit aircraft control systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and neutralize precision guided munitions with powerful microwave pulses.

According to Russian developers, the gun is not science fiction and has...

Game of Thrones new season premiere to be shown on the Moscow Metro
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:54

The seventh - yes, seventh! - season of Games of Thrones is upon us. If you don’t know about this fantasy television show you’ve either been on another planet for the last few years or burying your head in the sand. It’s so popular that the first episode of the new series is being aired on the Moscow Metro on July 17 - the Metro’s press service ann...

An American conductor at the Mariinsky: Nice to have Gergiev by your side
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:28

Christian Knapp is an American conductor who has been working at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg since 2011. Chicago-born, he grew up listening to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during its golden era under chief conductor Sir Georg Solti.

Originally a pianist who was trained at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Knapp later studied...

5 Russian women's teams that will make you fall in love with sport
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:52

Traditionally, Russia’s female sporting teams have excelled at gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and ice skating on the international stage. But the last decade has seen women turning their hand to a number of male-dominated sports including rugby, handball, chess, and even wrestling - and many medals have followed.


In the USSR, the female...

Forever lost: How Russians hunt for Ivan the Terrible’s library
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:00

This story began ages ago. In the 15th century the Turks conquered Constantinople and toppled the all powerful Byzantine Empire. Many Greeks of the Orthodox faith fled and Thomas Palaeologus, brother of the last Byzantine emperor Constantine XI, was among them. He took refuge in Rome, but not before (if legend is to be believed) packing up the...

On this day: The Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg was founded
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:00

The world famous Mariinsky Theater is a historic establishment in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was named after the wife of Tsar Alexander II, Empress Maria Alexandrovna.

The theater was founded in 1783 by order of Empress Catherine the Great. On July 12, 1783 a decree approving the theater committee “to manage the show and the music” was issued by the...

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