Archive for November, 2014

Want to cook a Russian dish? Try Vinegret! Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

Vegetarians, vegans and healthy eaters rejoice! This recipe is among my favorites because it is nutritious, delicious, and fairly hard to mess up. You can either serve it by itself, use it as a salad, or even a side dish with any meat or fish. There is no consensus on the internet regarding the origins…

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Odd Russian Behavior? Nyet Posted by on Nov 25, 2014

I suppose it can be said that every culture has its share of idiosyncrasies, and Russians are no exception. What follows are examples of how some Russian behaviors may seem odd to people elsewhere. I have been caught exhibiting some of these behaviors myself. What can I say?…You can take a girl out of Russia…

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E-Commerce in Russia Posted by on Nov 24, 2014

I recently had the occasion to have a gift delivered to a person in Russia. That experience drew my attention to the differences in how we deal with electronic purchases in Russia and abroad. I must admit I had forgotten some of the Russian peculiar ways, and new ways have emerged since I left Russia!…

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Writing about Russia for Dummies – Part II Posted by on Nov 20, 2014

We are continuing our discussion from last week about things to keep in mind if you plan to feature Russia or Russians in your creative work. History and Governance Mixing Up Historical Periods The territory that is now Russia (and the neighboring territories that are not) has undergone many transformations in terms of its national…

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Why Some Men Want to Marry Russian Women Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

What makes Russian women desirable to so many men around the world? Sure, some possess the type of beauty that could make even supermodels jealous. They are typically very fashion-conscious and strive to look great even when going to the grocery store. Like with women everywhere, some have great personalities, some do not. Well, there…

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Writing about Russia for Dummies – Part I Posted by on Nov 13, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is English-heavy. It is directed at people who do not have a strong background in the Russian language or culture. If you like seeing more Russian in posts, you probably already know most of what I am going to say. Read Part II here. Say you are fascinated with Russia and would like to make…

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Russian Skill Check: Can You Translate This? Posted by on Nov 12, 2014

Recently I found out that Russian President Vladimir Putin was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the most powerful person in the world; this was the second year in a row that he has earned this title. I decided that writing an article on the subject while weaving in some Russian sentences might be a good…

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