Russian Culture and Language

Russian Travel Destinations

The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. The population of St. Petersburg is 5 million (as of October 2012). View splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage. Moscow is the political, scientific, historical, architectural and business center …

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Russian History

The early history of Russia is similar to many other countries with people moving to Russia and the start of kingdoms.  Russian became a large country when several cities merged into an empire. In the ninth century, a Scandinavian group of people (the Varangians) crossed the Baltic Sea to land in Eastern Europe. Led by …

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Russian Common Names

Russians have three names.  These are the first or given name (имя), the surname or family name (фамилия) and patronymic (отчество).  A patronymic is formed from the father’s first name with the help of the endings –ович and -евич for boys, and -овна and -евна for girls. For example, if Anatoly’s father is Viktor, he will be called Анатолий Викторович. Common Boys’ Names …

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Russian Cuisine

A traditional Russian meal consists of fish, potatoes, vegetables and bread.   Borscht, a soup made from beets, is a well-known traditional Russian food. Tea and tea ceremonies are an important part of Russian culture.  Samovars are Russian tea water heaters. The samovar keeps the tea water hot, and then a spout is used to pour …

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Russian Clothing

Most people in Russia dress in modern clothes, especially in the cities. Traditional dress is most often used for festivals.  In the smaller villages, many women wear skirts and a shawl to cover their heads or shoulders.  In the colder regions of Russia, men often wear fur caps with ear flaps to help stay warm.

Sound of Russia

Sounds of Russia Russian music is heterophonic; this means that there is one melody among different voices. It is diverse in dialect, and the traditional music of Russia is folk music. There are ritual songs, nonritual songs, and instrumental music as well. The main instruments used are the schwam, horn trumpet, svirel, and kugikly. Most …

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