Best of Russia 2013: For better, for worse, till death us do part

Best of Russia 2013: For better, for worse, till death us do part

April 2, 2014 Best of Russia

These days the exposition of "Best of Russia" photo contest takes place in Moscow. Photographs are selected according to several categories: nature, architecture, style, and people/events/life. This year featured a special theme, "Weddings and Funerals"

Holiday traditions in Russia spark magic

Holiday traditions in Russia spark magic

January 6, 2014 Dmitry Kikot, special to RBTH

Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Russia are filled wit traditions linked to both Christianity and ancient Slavic beliefs

Russian language's most isolated dialect found in Alaska

Russian language's most isolated dialect found in Alaska

May 29, 2013 RIA Novosti

Russian linguists who have returned from an expedition to Alaska have brought audio and video recordings of a rare dialect of Russian that has survived for about 100 years in almost total isolation from mainstream Russian

Celebrating Buddha's birthday in St. Petersburg

Celebrating Buddha's birthday in St. Petersburg

May 22, 2013 Alexandra Garmazhapova, special to RBTH

Russian Buddhists are preparing to celebrate the Buddha's birthday: the day of his enlightenment and passing into Nirvana. At the Datsan Gunzechoinei in St. Petersburg, three days of prayers will be held beginning on May 25

Discovering Russian Orthodoxy: The Old Believers

Discovering Russian Orthodoxy: The Old Believers

March 29, 2013 Semyon Kvasha, RBTH

RBTH presents a brief history of the Russian religious movement of the Old Believers, which appeared in the 17th century as an attempt to protest against the Orthodox Church's reform

Lent: Trial or long-awaited cleansing?

Lent: Trial or long-awaited cleansing?

March 24, 2013 Vladimir Erkovich, special to RBTH

For Orthodox Christians, Lent lasts from March 18 until May 5 this year. During this time, many believers observe special dietary restrictions. For some it is a trial, for some, a time of increased spirituality

Holding Depardieu tight

Holding Depardieu tight

January 23, 2013 Viktor Erofeev, Ogoniok magazine

Behind the surrealist gesture of Gerard Depardieu — the first Frenchman of world renown to ever take Russian citizenship — there is a good deal more sense (and absurdity) than would appear at first glance

American playwright talks about his quarter-century in Russia

American playwright talks about his quarter-century in Russia

January 21, 2013 Irina Korneeva, Adilya Zaripova, Anastasia Keizerova, Rossiyskaya Gazeta

John Freedman, an American theater critic, playwright, and columnist for The Moscow Times, has lived and worked in Moscow for 24 years. Freedman spoke to Rossiyskaya Gazeta about his reasons for remaining in Russia

Paradise Lost: Russians and the new American dream

Paradise Lost: Russians and the new American dream

January 15, 2013 Alexander Genis, special to RBTH

More often than not, Americans are popular in places where little is known about them. Nowadays everyone has discovered America, and each dislikes it in his own unique way. In Russia, for example, America is an unfulfilled dream, an unfaithful bride

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