Russian History

Favorite Place in Saint Petersburg: Anna Akhmatova Monument

So this summer I had the opportunity to take my husband and my parents to Russia and Ukraine to see my favorite places on earth and meet all of my friends from those places. I’m only now getting around to… Continue Reading →

Victory! Слава героям!

Hooray! Today is the day I get to write a happy post! I love Victory Day. I love those sweet old WWII veterans that walk around Moscow carrying flowers and getting kissed on the cheek by pretty young girls.  If… Continue Reading →

The Faces of the War

It’s easy for us (especially in America) to think of war as something that happens far away with tanks and soldiers. But for Europeans, and specifically the Soviets during World War II, it was by no means something that was… Continue Reading →

Russian Song of the Day: Катюша

My first introduction to this song was at the sweet little slapdash dinner that my Russian host-grandmother had thrown together for me when she found out it was my 20th birthday.  She invited her son, his wife and daughter as… Continue Reading →

The Joy of Motherhood; Soviet propaganda and some of my own

I was so impressed to see how many people have continued to visit my site and comment.  As you can see it’s been almost a year since I last wrote, but I promise I have a good excuse.  2 good… Continue Reading →

The Limits of Liberation; The ideals and realities of early Soviet family policy

Soviet ideas of women’s liberation were progressive and bold for their time. Soviet women were working side by side with men when American women were still fighting for the right to vote. The declarations of women’s equality with men were… Continue Reading →

The ‘Sex Question’ Glass Floweth O’er: The Bolsheviks’ Insatiable Thirst For Answers

Everyone Loves a Movement Living in the United States these days you might have noticed an obsession with all things ‘green’.  What once might have been Irish pride has turned into a ‘movement’ towards ‘environmentally friendly living’.  This movement has… Continue Reading →

Soviet Woodstock; The ‘Free Love’ movement of the Bolsheviks

When I say “free love” and “sexual liberation” the image that comes to your mind might be one of nude, long-haired beauties with peace signs and flowers painted on their cheeks, rockin out to the tunes of Joan Baez and… Continue Reading →

Putin’s Language Power in Politics

Disclaimer: I am not making any comments or assumptions about Putin’s actual political policy.  I’m not saying whether he is a good or bad president.  I’m simply acknowledging his powerful oration skills in his own native language, and applauding him… Continue Reading →

What has the Communist Revolution done for you lately?

 On the 7th of November Russia recognized(I don’t say celebrate because I don’t know that people were, in fact) the 90th Anniversary of the Mighty October Revolution(which would be considered the Mighty November Revolution according to our calendars). With all… Continue Reading →

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