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He Said “Poyekhali!” Posted by on Apr 12, 2021

Astronaut

Today, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics Day (День Космона́втики), also known as The International Day of Human Space Flight. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut (Do you want to know why Russians call their astronauts cosmonauts? Read THIS BLOG) Yuri Gagarin made the world’s first orbital flyby of the Earth (Земля́). Exactly twenty years later, the first…

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The Magic Russian White Desert – Chukotka Posted by on Jul 20, 2020

Eskimos

Chukotka is one of the places on our planet where permafrost and the majestic nature are merged. It looks like an endless white desert. Its landscape has not changed for several thousand years. It is here that you can meet a bear on the street. Chukotka (Чуко́тка) or, as it is formally known, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (Чуко́тский автоно́мный…

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Твёрдый знак (hard sign): a case study in Russian language reforms Posted by on Jul 2, 2020

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Last month we looked at мягкий знак (soft sign) and the rules that govern its proper use. In this blog, let’s explore the other unusual letter of the Russian alphabet: твёрдый знак (hard sign). Твёрдый знак “ъ” is the 28th letter of the Russian alphabet and similar to the soft sign, it doesn’t carry its…

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20 Years of Attempting to Diversify the Russian Economy – Part III Posted by on Jun 18, 2020

Putin Oil

“It is clear that in the long run, oil will reach prices that balance demand and consumption, and demand will increase after quarantines are canceled due to coronavirus.”                                                       …

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20 Years of Attempting to Diversify the Russian Economy – Part II Posted by on Jun 5, 2020

Nobel Brothers

“Robert has returned to Baku from the east coast of the Caspian sea. He has found excellent naphtha at a depth of 70 feet on Cheleken. Now he has the raw material…”                                               …

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20 Years of Attempting to Diversify the Russian Economy – Part I Posted by on May 27, 2020

Oil Pump jack

– We wanted to wean off oil dependency…                                                                – We wanted to do that, and we are gradually weaning off it, by the way. We are really…

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Current Events: Changes to the Russian Constitution Posted by on Feb 6, 2020

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If you follow Russian news, you may know that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has suggested changing the Russian constitution. Read on to learn what happened, how you can describe it in Russian, and what the reasons for it might be. Background The current Russian constitution (конститу́ция) was adopted in 1993, after proclamations of independence…

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