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4 St. Petersburg Day Trips

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Legion-Media Peterhof Peterhof is the Russian imperial family’s most well-known suburban estate. The palace was built by Peter the Great and was greatly inspired by the tsar’s visit to Versailles. The estate quickly became Peter’s favorite retreat. Most of the palace was destroyed during World War II and what is visible today was largely reconstructed Read More

St. Petersburg’s Stadium

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History While it might not be obvious from looking at the finished product, the brand-new St. Petersburg Stadium was, in many ways, a disaster. It ran more than five times over budget and was 514% late. At a rumored cost of $1.5 billion, it is likely the most expensive football stadium ever built. Like the Read More

Ukraine Human Rights Chief Denied Access to Jailed Director

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The Ukrainian government’s human rights chief has been denied access to Oleg Sentsov, a Crimean film director serving a 20-year jail sentence in Russia for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks. Sentsov has been on an indefinite hunger strike for over a month demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Human rights officials from Russia Read More

Putin’s World Cup Gestures, Explained

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has weighed in on the speculation surrounding the president’s hand gestures at Thursday’s match with Saudi Arabia.Russia and Saudi Arabia faced off in the first match of the FIFA World Cup, with a historic 5-0 victory for the host team. During the game, Putin’s gestures, seemingly directed Read More

St. Petersburg’s Summer Cultural Agenda

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BarcroftMedia / TASS Art Cosmos. History of People Runs until Aug. 26 The exhibition “Cosmos. History of People” is designed to bring together artists who contributed to Russian cosmonautics. Visitors can learn about the Soviet space program and see the unique documents and objects cosmonauts used during their launches. Part of the exhibition’s format is Read More

Pushkin House Celebrates Russia on the Page

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Courtesy of Pushkin House On June 7 the sixth annual Pushkin House Book Prize was announced at a standing-room-only awards ceremony in London.  The £5,000 prize for the best English-language non-fiction book published in 2017 about Russia was given to “The War Within: Diaries from the Siege of Leningrad” (Harvard University Press) by Alexis Peri, Read More

Navalny Freed, Says Moscow Prisons Fixed Up for World Cup Fans

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, set free after a month behind bars for organizing opposition protests, reports that Moscow’s prisons have been refurbished to accommodate rowdy foreign World Cup fans. Navalny was detained on May 5 and jailed a week later for holding mass rallies ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. He walked free on Read More

Film Director, Politician Stanislav Govorukhin Dead at 82

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Stanislav Govorukhin, an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure, died on Thursday after a long illness, as reported in Russian media. He was 82 years old. At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma from the United Russia Party.  Born in the Urals, he began work in Read More

Two Stadiums. Half a Century of History

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Luzhniki Soviet Sporting Holy Ground History Luzhniki, the largest stadium in the former Soviet Union, has an illustrious history. The Soviet authorities planned the stadium to showcase the prowess of their athletes after the war. Once it was completed in 1956, it held a number of USSR-wide and international championships, though its crowning moment came Read More

Q&A: Meet Anna Endrikhovskaya, a Sixth-Generation Muscovite

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Anna Endrikhovskaya is head of the concierge service at the MOSS hotel, one of Moscow’s first “real” boutique hotels. Before that she worked as a concierge at several major Moscow hotels — the Marriott Royal Aurora, the Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya, and the Metropol. I am a sixth-generation Muscovite. I was born in Moscow but grew Read More