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Hangover in Russia: Cause, Prevention, Cure Posted by on Dec 30, 2014

New Year’s Eve is upon us and we all know what that means: getting together with friends and family, eating too much, dancing too much, smoking too much, drinking too much, and being hungover. Nothing starts the New Year quite the same way that a hangover does. In different countries and cultures, unique hangover cures…

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Rent Prices Falling in Moscow Posted by on Dec 29, 2014

Russian room

A lesser explored consequence of the economic sanctions against Russia and the falling ruble is a drop in rent prices (снижение стоимости аренды) in Moscow. There are several news reports looking into the causes and outcomes of this development. The website BFM.ru used this pun as a title for an article on the subject — “Врагу не…

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Russian Dashboard Cameras Posted by on Dec 24, 2014

For those of you that have driven a car in Russia, you might have noticed a dashboard camera in your car or in everybody else’s. Normally, in other countries, you might see these camera’s only in police cars. Not in Russia, many drivers have dashboard cams and you might be interested to learn some of…

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Peril of the Ruble Posted by on Dec 23, 2014

Many of you have likely noticed that the Russian ruble has been in the news lately. The ruble decreased in value by 11 percent against the U.S. dollar on Monday, 15 December. In a matter of weeks it has dropped over 40 percent. According to the Moscow Times on Monday, the ruble is the world’s…

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New Year’s Celebrations at School and Work Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

New Year's celebration

We have talked about the traditional New Year’s celebration in Russian homes, with an abundant meal, elaborate toasts, watching TV, and the midnight countdown. However, New Year being the biggest holiday in Russia, it is also celebrated outside the home — at school and at work. Let us go over some celebrations Russian encounter throughout…

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