Tag Archives: St. Petersburg


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.

Russia, Westernization and Art Nouveau


Is St. Petersburg a great “Window to the West” as commonly thought?  Architectural details within the city center underscore St. Petersburg’s fascination with the West, including several art nouveau buildings.  Though such buildings tend to be scarce, they evoke a French or Parisian cosmopolitan mood. In Moscow too, one may […]