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Microsoft Russia

Microsoft has, for a long time, had a troubled relationship with Russia. A fast developing country, with startling growth in not just its economy but in computer ownership, Russia is a perfect target market for the...

KHL Hockey

The KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) is the premier Russian Hockey League. It actually includes teams from four countries – Russia, Belarus, Kazakhistan and Latvia, although the last three countries only have one...

Lost Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union being a secretive place, it’s not surprising that many conspiracy theories have formed about the Soviet space programme. In particular, there are many claims that Soviet space accidents were covered up...

FSB or KGB?

Everyone who has ever seen a spy movie, or has even a passing knowledge of Russia and the Soviet Union has heard of the KGB. But a lot have people haven’t realised that, in today’s Russia, the KGB doesn’t exist. The KGB...

Medvedev Dancing

Putin might like to think he’s all manly and courageous with his topless fishing and hunting tigers and all that. But he’s got nothing on President Medvedev. Dancing on camera like a drunken and overly...

In Soviet Russia Meme

If you ever visit websites like reddit or slashdot, or indeed any website that posts jokes, you will no doubt have encountered the In Soviet Russia meme, also known as the Russian Reversal. Essentially, the idea is that...

Cosmonaut Makarov

Oleg Makarov was a Soviet cosmonaut. He flew three missions into space, plus one aborted mission. Makarov was born on 6 January 1933 in Udomlya. After initial work as an engineer on the Soviet space programme, he began...

Lake Baikal Facts

Lake Baikal is the most famous lake in Russia. So beautiful is Baikal that it is known as the Pearl of Siberia and most Russians are justifiably proud of their lake. This article contains a number of Lake Baikal facts...

Peter the Great Accomplishments

Peter the Great is so called because he was one of the most important leaders in Russian history. The most visible of Peter the Great’s accomplishments was the foundation of the city of St Petersburg. But this is far...

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