Peter the Great timeline

This article outlines a brief Peter the Great timeline, highlighting some of the key moments in the life of one of Russia’s most notorious leaders. 09 June 1672 – Peter is born The future Peter the Great was born Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov in Moscow to Alexis I of Russia and his mother Nataliya Naryshkina. Peter [...]

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Soviet shoes

At present there is a large market for collectable items from the Soviet era and Soviet shoes and boots can trade for large sums of money. In addition, there are new makes of shoes branded as ‘Soviet’, that come with a retro feel. Nostalgia The rise of the internet has meant that trading in memorabilia [...]

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Soviet Cars

When you think of some of the classic vehicles to emerge from the Soviet era it’s easy to build an image of a lumbering stereotype; a kind of dull, functional car that looked and felt extremely similar to other models. While that may be true to some extent – it has to be said that [...]

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Russian Serfdom

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that there have been some extremely bleak periods in Russian history and while living memory exists to put the grim, Stalinist regime at the forefront of our minds, the era of Russian serfdom was longer, and in many ways just as hard to bear for those that lived with [...]

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Rostov ripper

Any study into the minds of the world’s biggest serial killers is likely to include the horrific acts of Andrei Chikatilo. The man who became known as the Rostov Ripper was ultimately responsible for somewhere between 52 & 56 murders and the majority of his victims were subjected to horrific acts of torture. Early life [...]

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Sounds from Hell in Siberia

Myths and legends have been with us for decades but after the internet began to take hold in the mid 1990’s there was an explosion of so called Urban Myths. No area of the world was excluded and one particular story involved the infamous ‘Well to Hell’ a borehole in Siberia that was supposed to [...]

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Ivan Pavlov Biography

Ivan Pavlov was a celebrated Russian physiologist and Nobel Prize winner who discovered the Conditioned Reflex but like many famous names from the country’s history, we seem to know very little about him. Of course we all know about the research that involved the fabled Pavlov’s dog but there is so much more to discover [...]

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Valentina Tereshkova Facts

The space race was a fascinating era for those who like to study recent Russian history and there are many notable achievements that can be claimed by the former USSR. While the Soviet Union may have missed out on the ultimate prize of landing a man on the moon, it could claim many other firsts, [...]

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Stalin’s Purges

The cruel reign of Josef Stalin as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was probably the bleakest period in Russia’s history. During this time, millions of ordinary Russian Citizens died in exile or in one of the many Gulag’s set up to accommodate countless prisoners, the vast majority of whom were [...]

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Russian Revolution facts

While we are all aware that the Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the face of the country’s history, how much do we really know about these dramatic events? If you’ve ever wanted to know more about this pivotal part of Russia’s past, here are some interesting facts. Was the Russian Revolution in 1905 or 1917? [...]

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