Archive for October, 2018

Why Are Russian Place Names So Long? Posted by on Oct 29, 2018

subway sign indicating exits

Perhaps one of the things you noticed when visiting Russia is how long the city and street names were. Maybe you never quite learned to sound out the name of the metro station closest to your hotel. “Novo… whatever,” you’d say, before taking off. Why do Russian names have to be so bulky? The answer lies…

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Russian News: Suspected Salisbury Spies Uncovered Posted by on Oct 18, 2018

bottle of poison

If you follow international news, you might have heard about two Russian men who were accused of poisoning a Russian defector in Salisbury, England. As with any contentious, developing story, there are conflicting accounts of what happened, so I will include quotes from various news outlets covering it. What Happened? In early March 2018, former…

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Guest Post: Gary Mei on His First Trip to Russia Posted by on Oct 11, 2018

Moscow subway

For this installment in our first time in Russia series, software developer Gary Mei (Rochester, New York) talks about his recent trip. On Safety I visited Russia with my wife for two weeks at the start of September 2018. We flew into St. Petersburg (Санкт-Петербу́рг), explored smaller towns as we traveled south, and flew out…

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Life in Russia Through 3 Vlogs Posted by on Oct 4, 2018

video camera

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Russia or another country where Russian is spoken, or if it’s been a while since your visit, video blogs, or vlogs, are an excellent way to catch a glimpse of someone daily life. This post will feature three such videos and highlight certain vocabulary and cultural tidbits…

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