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.”

Holidays · Russia

Christmas in Russia

In the Russian Federation, Christmas is a public holiday observed on January 7th. This is because the Russian Orthodox Church uses the old Julian calendar for days of religious celebration. Here in the west, we use the Gregorian calendar for everything — that’s why we celebrate it on December 25th. Some Roman Catholics and Protestants… Continue reading Christmas in Russia


Russian fur hat (ushanka)

Everyone has seen them! Those cool, fluffy Russian hats! Since it’s November (and getting cold!) I thought it would be a great idea to post about these awesome things! That is an ushanka (Russian: уша́нка). That’s right. It’s called an ушанка — not “cool, fluffy Russian hat.” You may also call it a шапка, trooper,… Continue reading Russian fur hat (ushanka)


On The Russian Hard Sign…

In modern Russian, the hard sign is kind of rare. But did you know that it used to be quite common? That’s right! It was just as common as the soft sign until the Russian Revolution. After the Revolution, a spelling reform took place and the hard sign was taken away where it wasn’t needed.


The Seven Wonders of Russia

The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world. The Seven Wonders of Russia are seven of the “coolest” places in Russia, determined by a project organized by the newspaper Izvestia, Radio Mayak, and the television channel Russia. 1. Lake Baikal Lake Baikal (Russian: озеро Байкал) is the world’s oldest and deepest lake.