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More Interesting “Facts” About Russia Posted by on Nov 11, 2015

As I was researching facts about Russia that I could write a blog about, I came across some more interesting and funny ones. These strange Russian “facts” were more entertaining and write about; hope they are entertaining to read as well. It’s bad luck to return to your house after you’ve already left Should you…

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Famous Russian Books Posted by on Oct 14, 2015

Today’s blog is all about books you’ve likely heard of but may not have known were penned by Russian authors. These books are counted among the most celebrated works of all time and worthy of your consideration if you’re trying to learn about Russia and it’s culture. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was written during  the…

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Yakov Smirnoff: Russian Funny Man! Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

Yakov Naumovich Pokhis, better known as Yakov Smirnoff, is a comedian born in the Soviet Union in 1951. After emigrating to the United States in 1977, he changed his last name to Smirnoff after the vodka. During the 1980’s and early into the 90’s, Smirnoff saw his brand of humor taking off and resonating with…

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The Billion Dollar Spy, Part II Posted by on Sep 23, 2015

Part II: Adolf Tolkachev had been the most successful spy the CIA ever had in Moscow during the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s. Tolkachev was an engineer working on new and next-generation radar systems for the military. He was also a father and a husband that put, not only his life on the line…

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The Billion Dollar Spy, Part One Posted by on Sep 22, 2015

Mystery? Intrigue? Danger? All trademarks of the “spy world.” During the Cold War, Russia, as well as most of the rest of Europe, had extensive manpower devoted to intelligence gathering, counterintelligence, and so on. Todays blog will center on a Russian spy of sorts, actually he was an engineer with access to many of the…

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Moscow’s Seven Sisters Posted by on Sep 2, 2015

Rumor has it that after the Russian Army aided in the defeat of the Nazi’s, Joseph Stalin believed that the world would wish to visit Moscow. During this brief period, Moscow did not have any skyscrapers like you’d see in New York, Chicago, or any place else. Call it the male ego, keeping up with…

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Fact or Fiction: Secret Subway in Moscow Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

Whenever we hear something like “The government will neither deny nor confirm the existence of……..” our ears perk up. We know that they are talking about some classified secret of sorts – often related to the military machine. In America you have Area 51, in the UK you have Porton Down, in China you have…

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