Tag Archives: Russia


Russian Revolution at 100: St. Petersburg Statues


Though some might choose to forget the former Soviet Union, some of the old architecture still peeks out in St. Petersburg.  Take, for example, the old Finlyandskiy railway station.   Walking outside the city center, the visitor comes upon the old Soviet Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad.

Russian Revolution at 100: Soviet Relics at the Flea Market


Discarded and left for gone, relics of the Soviet past find their way to St. Petersburg’s Udelnaya flea market. Kyiv’s flea market is located near the old Moscow Avenue, though the street has now been renamed in honor of controversial Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera.  Old Soviet relics here are […]

Russian Nationalism and Naval Power


In Russia, some may yearn for the days when the country was more of a naval power.  Along one river bank in St. Petersburg, visitors may go aboard an old Soviet submarine. During a naval celebration in St. Petersburg, crowds thronged the river banks.  

Historic Seafaring St. Petersburg


St. Petersburg has a long naval history which is difficult to miss when taking in the city.  Take, for example, New Holland Island where visitors are greeted to the sight of recreated Dutch ships. New Holland Island reinforces the city’s historic mythology, since Peter The Great was a great enthusiast […]

Russian Revolution at 100: The Place of Ethnic Minorities


At Moscow’s All Russian Exhibition Center, the visitor is taken back to a time when many ethnic minorities formed part of a heavily idealized Soviet vision.  Take, for example, a fountain with highly stylized statues. It’s doubtful that ethnic minorities living in Russia today share such a blissful vision, though […]

St. Petersburg and Moscow: Foods of the Former Soviet Union


Though the Soviet Union no longer exists, various ethnic cuisines are still quite popular.  Take, for example, Armenian food. Food from the Caucasus region is also popular, even an Ossetian restaurant. In St. Petersburg, Tatar-style “Chebureki” are ubiquitous. Throughout St. Petersburg and Moscow, Georgian food is also hugely popular. One […]

Russian Perceptions of Ethnic Peoples


Perhaps, some may yearn to regain Russia’s former greatness when many more ethnic peoples were incorporated into first the Czarist Empire and later the Soviet Union.  At St. Petersburg’s Ethnographic Museum, visitors may gaze at models of different ethnicities.

Devout Religion in the New Russia


In Russia, religion has rushed in to the fill the gap in people’s lives after the fall of Communism. Meanwhile, Moscow’s Museum of Religious Icons has a well-funded exhibit space.

St. Petersburg: An Imperial City


Despite the presence of art nouveau, what really predominates in St. Petersburg is over the top baroque architecture, suggesting more of an imperial flair reminiscent of Vienna.  Take, for example, the Belosselsky Palace. Flamboyantly, many such buildings are painted pink.