Word of the Day – плакат

плака́т [plɐˈkat] (masculine noun) 1. poster, placard, bill   2. broadsheet сове́тский пропаганди́стский плака́тSoviet propaganda poster


День Победы – Victory Day

День победы (Victory Day) is celebrated on May 9th of every year to commemorate the surrender of Nazi Germany to Soviet forces in 1945. This year’s Victory Day Parade marked the 70th anniversary of Allied victory.


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


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?


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 ‘н’ declension of имя, время, etc.

When you start learning Russian, you learn about the major gender endings. Most masculine nouns have zero (Ø) ending or -ь. Most feminine nouns end in -а/-я or -ь. Most neuter nouns end in -о/-ё/-е or -мя. These neuter nouns ending in -мя are special. There are ten nouns that end in -мя and are… Continue reading Russian ‘н’ declension of имя, время, etc.