Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces in Kubinka

26 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Ceremony of consecration of the main temple ©

Ceremony of consecration of the main temple ©

The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) is a lavish Russian Patriarchal cathedral in honour of the Resurrection of Christ and “dedicated to the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, as well as the military feats of the Russian people in all wars”, built in the Patriot Park in Kubinka, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Oblast. It is quite unbelievable that the devil worshipers of the fascist Putin regime give themselves a Christian veneer, even though it is crystal clear that Putin’s state terrorists, mass murderers, mass rapists, war criminals and child molesters worship only one thing: the devil himself and his profoundly evil representative on earth, dictator Vladimir Putin. This is a clear case of blasphemy in which even the Patriarch takes part.   read more…

Portrait: Alexei Navalny, opposition leader, lawyer, documentary filmmaker, anti-corruption activist and political prisoner murdered by the fascist Putin regime

21 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  24 minutes

in 2020 © - Michal Siergiejevicz/cc-by-2.0

in 2020 © – Michal Siergiejevicz/cc-by-2.0

Alexei Anatolyevich Navalny was a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, anti-corruption activist, and political prisoner. He organised anti-government demonstrations and ran for office to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, and against President Vladimir Putin and his government. Navalny was a Russian Opposition Coordination Council member. He was the leader of the Russia of the Future party and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK). He was recognised by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, and was awarded the Sakharov Prize for his work on human rights.   read more…

Rublyovka in the western suburbs of Moscow

23 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

Maralik © FHen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Maralik © FHen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rublevka or Rublyovka is the unofficial name of a prestigious residential area in the western suburbs of Moscow, Russia, located along Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Highway, Podushkinskoe, 1st Uspenskoe and 2nd Uspenskoe highways. There is no official administrative unit called “Rublyovka”, but this name has become popular in society and in mass media. The area features good ecology and rather clear air in comparison to Moscow and the rest of its suburbs. Many Russian government officials and successful businesspeople reside in the gated communities of Rublevka. Real-estate prices there are among the highest in the world. The New York Times called it “home to the sprawling villas of Russia’s ruling class”.   read more…

Katyn in Russia

13 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Katyn memorial © - Vlad Shtelts/cc-by-sa-3.0

Katyn memorial © – Vlad Shtelts/cc-by-sa-3.0

Katyn is a rural locality (a selo) in Smolensky District of Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located approximately 20 kilometers (12 mi) to the west of Smolensk, the administrative center of the oblast. The village had a population of 1,737 in 2007.   read more…

Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg

1 June 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Singer Company House (Book House) © Alex 'Florstein' Fedorov/cc-by-sa-4.0

Singer Company House (Book House) © Alex ‘Florstein’ Fedorov/cc-by-sa-4.0

Nevsky Prospect is a main street (high street) located in the federal city of St. Petersburg in Russia. Its name comes from the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, the monastery which stands at the eastern end of the street, and which commemorates the Russian hero Prince Saint Alexander Nevsky (1221–1263). Following his founding of Saint Petersburg in 1703, Tsar Peter I planned the course of the street as the beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow. The avenue runs from the Admiralty in the west to the Moscow Railway Station and, after veering slightly southwards at Vosstaniya Square, to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.   read more…

Marble Palace in Saint Petersburg

22 April 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Игорь Кленовый/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Игорь Кленовый/cc-by-sa-3.0

Marble Palace is one of the first Neoclassical palaces in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is situated between the Field of Mars and Palace Embankment, slightly to the east from New Michael Palace. Currently, the palace accommodates permanent exhibitions of the Russian State Museum, notably “Foreign Artists in Russia (18th and 19th centuries)” and the “Peter Ludwig Museum at the Russian Museum”, featuring canvases by Andy Warhol and other Pop Art idols.   read more…

Kunstkamera in Saint Petersburg

15 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

© - Dennis Jarvis/cc-by-sa-2.0

© – Dennis Jarvis/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Kunstkamera (or Kunstkammer (German for “Culture Room” (literally) or “Art Chamber”, typically used for a “cabinet of curiosities“) is a public museum located on the Universitetskaya Embankment in Saint Petersburg, facing the Winter Palace. Its collection was first opened to the public at the Summer Palace by Peter the Great in 1714, making it Russia’s first museum. Enlarged by purchases from the Dutch collectors Albertus Seba and Frederik Ruysch, the museum was moved to its present location in 1727. Having expanded to nearly 2,000,000 items, it is formally organized as the Russian Academy of Science‘s Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, abbreviated in Russian as the МАЭ or МАЭ РАН.   read more…

Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg

12 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Andrew Shiva/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Andrew Shiva/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini‘s designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress. Between the first half of the 1700s and early 1920s it served as a prison for political criminals. It has been a museum since 1924. Today it has been adapted as the central and most important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History. The museum has gradually become virtually the sole owner of the fortress building, except the structure occupied by the Saint Petersburg Mint (Monetniy Dvor). The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral (1712–1733), which has a 122.5 m (402 ft) bell-tower (the tallest in the city centre) and a gilded angel-topped cupola. Other structures inside the fortress include the still functioning Saint Petersburg Mint building (constructed to Antonio Porta’s designs under Emperor Paul), the Trubetskoy Bastion with its grim prison cells, and the city museum.   read more…

Smolensk in Russia

28 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Philharmonic Concert Hall © Борис Мавлютов/cc-by-sa-3.0

Philharmonic Concert Hall © Борис Мавлютов/cc-by-sa-3.0

Smolensk is a city and the administrative center of Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located on the Dnieper River, 360 kilometers (220 mi) west-southwest of Moscow. The city has been destroyed several times throughout its long history because it was on the invasion routes of various empires. Smolensk is known for its electronics, textiles, food processing, and diamond faceting industries. On April 10, 2010, a Tu-154 military jet carrying Polish president Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and many notable political and military figures crashed in a wooded area near Smolensk while approaching the local military airport. All ninety-six passengers died immediately on impact. The purpose of the visit was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.   read more…

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