Russia

Yaga Baba Rides Off to Fight The Crocodile

This lubok dates from the 17th century and depicts Baba Yaga, riding a pig, battling a crocodile. It is believed to be a satire of Peter the Great and his wife Catherine by the Old Believers (who called Peter the Great “the Crocodile”). The figure of Yaga Baba, which is the reversed name of the… Continue reading Yaga Baba Rides Off to Fight The Crocodile

Grammar

Past Tense of Russian Verbs

The past tense of Russian verbs is the easiest tense to learn! Past tense verbs agree in gender and number (i.e. singular or plural) with their subject. Forming the past tense is very easy. Simply remove the infinitive ending (usually -ть) and add -л (masculine), -ла (feminine), -ло (neuter), or -ли (plural). If the infinitive… Continue reading Past Tense of Russian Verbs

Grammar

Prefixed Verbs of Motion

Verbs of motion are one of the hardest things for Russian beginners to grasp. Over two years ago, we covered unprefixed verbs of motion. In this latest blog post, we will learn about prefixed verbs of motion (Глаго́лы движе́ния с приста́вками). But first, let’s go over the basics. Russian verbs of motion distinguish between unidirectional… Continue reading Prefixed Verbs of Motion

Russia

Krokodil, the flesh-eating substitute for heroin

With the recent news about Krokodil entering the United States, I figured it was time to make a blog post about this drug. If you are interested in Russian culture, then you probably already know about Krokodil. But do you really know how big of a problem it is, and WHY it is a problem?… Continue reading Krokodil, the flesh-eating substitute for heroin

News

American Rockers In Trouble For Russian Flag Desecration

An American rock band called “Bloodhound Gang” is in trouble in Russia for flag desecration. During the band’s performance in the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Wednesday, bassist Jared Hasselhoff shoved the Russian flag inside his pants and pulled it out of his behind. Before doing the “act”, Hasselhoff told the audience “Don’t tell Putin”… Continue reading American Rockers In Trouble For Russian Flag Desecration

Weird

Was Roswell a Soviet hoax?

What happened in Roswell in 1947? Did aliens actually crash there? Was it simply a weather balloon? Or did Joseph Stalin have something to do with Roswell? A book called “Area 51” by Annie Jacobsen suggests that Roswell was a Soviet hoax. She dismisses the alien conspiracy theory and instead points the finger at Joseph… Continue reading Was Roswell a Soviet hoax?

Russia

Cat of Kazan

The Cat of Kazan is a lubok (Russian: лубо́к) from sometime during the 18th century. It is a possible satire of Peter the Great. The author of this lubok is unknown. The text reads “Cat of Kazan, mind of Astrakhan, reason of Siberia, he lived sweet, ate sweet, and farted sweet.”