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Two Main Russian Problems – Fools and Roads Posted by on Jan 12, 2021

Car on a road

This time we will touch on a hot topic in Russia — its roads. They are terrible. The driving culture is not better. “В России две беды́: дураки́ и доро́ги” “There are two troubles in Russia: fools and roads” is a catchphrase attributed to Gogol, Saltykov-Shchedrin, sometimes Karamzin, or Vyazemsky, even Nikolai I. It is…

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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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My Trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia Posted by on Jul 23, 2018

My Trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 2018 World Cup in Russia came to an end last week, with France defeating Croatia in the final to win the tournament for the 2nd time. In total, 64 matches were played in Russia and 169 goals were scored. It was an excellent World Cup and Russia did a wonderful job as the host…

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Experiencing the World Cup in Russia Posted by on Jul 9, 2018

Experiencing the World Cup in Russia

привет! Меня зовут Саша (Hello! My name is Sasha). I may have a Russian name, but unfortunately I don’t speak much Russian. My dad grew up in Russia and moved to the States over 35 years ago. All my life, I had always wanted to visit the “Motherland.” I finally got my chance last month, as…

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Reading Russian News: Demolition of Retail Kiosks Posted by on Feb 18, 2016

An event that has generated considerable buzz and controversy is the demolition of small retail kiosks in Moscow. The authorities — and many people — felt they were an eyesore, cluttering crowded areas and offering sub-par goods. The local government also insists these points of sale were meant to be temporary. Critics of the demolition say…

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First time in Russia? Добро пожаловать! (Part 2) Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

You finally get to your hotel and your adrenaline is the only thing keeping you awake because you’ve now been up for more than 24 hours. You check in and get your visa registered as required by law. Thankfully the Intercontinental Hotel staff are able to arrange this for you – sometimes this is free…

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Unexpected Discoveries After Moving to Moscow (Part 2) Posted by on Jun 16, 2014

This post is continued from last week’s post. Read the beginning here. 3. Being Moscow-born matters One of the things you will sometimes hear said with pride around Moscow is “Я коренной москвич/Я коренная москвичка” (I’m a native Muscovite: male/female). Коренной comes from the word корень (root). In other words, “My roots are here.” Interestingly…

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