Tverskaya Street in Moscow

August 10th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tverskaya Street, seen from Manezhnaya Square © flickr.com - Jorge Láscar/cc-by-2.0

Tverskaya Street, seen from Manezhnaya Square © flickr.com – Jorge Láscar/cc-by-2.0

Tverskaya Street, known between 1935 and 1990 as Gorky Street, is the main radial street in Moscow. The street runs Northwest from the central Manege Square in the direction of Saint Petersburg and terminates at the Garden Ring, giving the name to Tverskoy District. The route continues further as First Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street, Leningradsky Avenue and Leningradskoye Highway.   read more…

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: The venues

May 7th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

© FIFA

© FIFA

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. All but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable. The Lushniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow shall be the venue of the opening match and the final. Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with 7 matches being played at each of these stadiums. In March 2018, the German Federal Criminal Police Office issued a clear warning about “high threats of terrorism” during the World Cup, so that it is recommended to visit the venues only after the World Cup (additionally: U.S. Department of State – Russia Travel Advisory). All other Western security services have issued similar warnings. The venues are similar to those of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, which was considered a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. Russia has had to reduce the overall budget for the World Cup several times due to the country’s persistent economic problems, so that the original planning for the World Cup, with the approval of the FIFA, can no longer be met. The venues are:   read more…

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

June 17th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

© GazThomas402/cc-by-sa-4.0

© GazThomas402/cc-by-sa-4.0

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be the 10th FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men’s football tournament organised by FIFA. It will be held in Russia, from 17 June to 2 July 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Russia was announced as the host on 2 December 2010 after the country was awarded the hosting rights of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The matches will be played in four different stadiums across four cities: Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, and Sochi. It will be the first time Russia hosts the tournament, and the third time the Confederations Cup is held in the European continent. As hosts, Russia qualified automatically for the tournament; they will be joined by the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, Germany. The final tournament will be played in two stages: a group stage and a latter knockout stage. In the group stage, each team will play three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage. In the knockout stage, the four teams will compete in single-elimination matches, beginning with the semi-finals and ending with the final match of the tournament. A third-place match will also be played between the two losing semi-finalist teams. The following teams have qualified for the tournament: Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts, Germany 2014 FIFA World Cup winners, Australia 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners, Chile 2015 Copa América winners, Mexico 2015 CONCACAF Cup winners, New Zealand 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners, Portugal UEFA Euro 2016 winners and Cameroon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners.   read more…

Stolobny Island in Lake Seliger

January 22nd, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Nilov Monastery from Lake Seliger © Just/cc0

Nilov Monastery from Lake Seliger © Just/cc0

Stolobny Island is an island on Lake Seliger in the Tver Oblast of Russia, about 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the town of Ostashkov. The island is the home of Nilov Monastery, which was founded by Saint Nilus in 1594, and previously welcomed up to 40,000 pilgrims each year. Most of the buildings of the monastery were built in the 18th and 19th Centuries in a neoclassical style. Today the monastery complex remains one of the most impressive ensembles of Neoclassical architecture in Eastern Europe. Some of its churches date back to the 17th century. A graceful embankment was completed by 1812, and a large cathedral was built in 1821-25. The construction of the causeway to the island was completed in 1812. The Nilow Monastery was one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in the Russian Empire.   read more…

Theme Week Moscow – Red October

January 15th, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0

Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com – Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0

The Red October is a Russian manufacturer of confectionery and the name of the same factory in Moscow. In 1851 the Brandenburg confectioner Theodor Ferdinand von Einem (1826-1876) from Belzig opened up a small pastry shop on the Arbat Street. In the shop “Einem”, chocolate and candy were produced. He employed five staff. In 1857 he met his future business partner, the German businessman Julius Heuss (1832-1907) from Walddorf in the Black Forest. In the same year they jointly opened a pastry shop at the Theater Square in Moscow.   read more…

The Moscow Manege

October 31st, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Philipp Hienstorfer/cc-by-2.5

© Philipp Hienstorfer/cc-by-2.5

The Moscow Manege is a large oblong building which gives its name to the vast Manege Square, which was cleared in the 1930s and lies adjacent to the more famous Red Square. A manège is an indoor riding academy.   read more…

The Lake Baikal in Siberia

August 21st, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Sunset at Lake Baikal © Emilianka/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sunset at Lake Baikal © Emilianka/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lake Baikal is a rift lake in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast. Lake Baikal is the largest (by volume) freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, and at 1,642 m (5,387 ft), the deepest. It is also among the clearest of all lakes, and thought to be the world’s oldest lake at 25 million years. It is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area. With 23,615.39 cubic kilometres (5,700 cubic miles) of fresh water, it contains more water than that of all the Great Lakes combined.   read more…

Novosibirsk, Siberia’s Chicago

August 18th, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Lenin's House, now hosts the Novosibirsk State Philarmony Hall © Skokian

Lenin’s House, now hosts the Novosibirsk State Philarmony Hall © Skokian

Novosibirsk is Russia’s third-largest city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and the largest city of Siberia, with a population of 1,473,700 (2010 Census preliminary results). It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. Rapid growth and industrialization were the reasons behind Novosibirsk’s nickname: the “Chicago of Siberia”. The city is located in the southwestern portion of the federal district and occupies an area of 477.2 square kilometres (184.2 sq mi). The city stands on the banks of the Ob River in the West Siberian Plain. To the south of the city lies the Ukok Plateau, which forms part of the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO World Heritage Site.   read more…

Rostow on Don river

July 18th, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Skyline at night © E.doroganich/cc-by-sa-3.0

Skyline at night © E.doroganich/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rostov-on-Don is a port city and the administrative center of Rostov Oblast and the Southern Federal District of Russia. It lies to the southeast of the European part of Russia, on the Don River, 32 kilometers (20 mi) from the Sea of Azov. The southwestern suburbs of the city abut the Don River delta. Th population is at 1.1 million.   read more…

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