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Category Archives: Russia

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I am writing to you from my favourite Uzbek restaurant. No self respecting Russian would set foot in here as it’s a hive of ethnic activity with most ex Soviet … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 5 Comments


Last week was Russia’s spring festival. Based on pagan traditions this festival has an interesting history. As with many pagan festivals Christianity merged with it and it became Russia’s version … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Pro – invasion March

Every month or so a protest march passes under my schools windows. Usually it is very obvious it is coming as literally thousands of soldiers and police arrive far in … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 1 Comment


Who is Putin?  Depends who you ask. For some he is the best thing to happen to Russia since the fall of communism.  For others he is a leader sliding … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cigarette City

At under a dollar a pack smoking is one of the few cheap leisure activities available to the Moscow masses.  It seems that Russian’s smoke constantly and almost everywhere. Restaurants, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Strogano – A Planned Soviet Community

Welcome to Strogano. A typical Soviet style area that is lucky enough to be looped by the Moscow river. That means the residents enjoy plenty of green space and even … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dogs on the Metro and Escalator Disasters

For those of you interested in the often quirky past of Moscow (and the strange now). Metro Dogs Before the cull of stray dogs in Moscow there were 35,000 strays … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 3 Comments

Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan

On the shores of the Volga River accessible by ship from Moscow is Kazan. Kazan is the thousand year old capital of Tatarstan; a Muslim state now in the midst … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Victory Day – May 9th

Every year on May 9th the countries of the old Soviet Union celebrate Victory Day; the day when the Nazis surrendered. I had the privilege of watching the rehearsals in … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

St Petersberg

They say St Petersberg is not Russia. However, it isn’t Europe either.Despite the plethora of museums and beautiful buildings I had trouble getting into this city described by many as … Continue reading

May 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

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