Voices from Russia

Sunday, 8 January 2017

8 January 2017. Two “Flavours” of Christmas


It was -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) in Piter



It was +30 (86 Fahrenheit) in Oz


Take your pick… as always, choose wisely… and pack your sunscreen, if you will…


Saturday, 7 January 2017

7 January 2017. A Magical Christmas Morning



Sunday, 13 December 2015

13 December 2015. Yolka at Kazan Cathedral in Piter

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“2016 To the New Year and the Nativity of Christ”


Literally, “Yolka” in Russian means “fir-tree”… it has no relation to Christmas at all. Ergo, the best “Englishing” of this would be “Holiday Tree”, as it mostly symbolises the secular holiday of the New Year.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

10 December 2015. Buddhist Festival in Piter

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Monks celebrate the Buddhist holiday Zula Khural (“Festival of Thousand Candles”) at the Datsan Gunzechoinei in St Petersburg.

9 December 2015

Russia Beyond the Headlines


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