Happy Old Russian New Year!

Today is Old Russian New Year. 20160107_164948_resizedOne more opportunity to make New Year resolution, make a wish and watch “Goluboi Ogonek”, and everyone’s favorite ” Irony of Fortune”, if you miss any of that at the New Year.  Happy Old Russian New Year!

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70 Years of the Great Victory (part 2)

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Yesterday, in the Russian school when we talked about family members in the Second World War, several people said that their family members didn’t go to War… and there is not too much to say about them. This is simply impossible. Everyone who lived during that time on the territory of the former Soviet Union was involved. Every-single-one : men, women and children.   My family lived in Continue reading “70 Years of the Great Victory (part 2)”

70 Years of the Great Victory

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Despite…, In spite of…, No matter what… and Forever!!! Всех Всех Всех с Днём Великой Победы!

Here is a link to amazing 25 Archive pictures about Second World War Victory Day on May 1945

http://supercoolpics.com/2012/05/08/%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%8C-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%8B-%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BA-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B1%D1%8B%D0%BB%D0%BE-%D0%B2-1945-%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B4%D1%83-25-%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE/

Another Side of Saint Patrick’s Day

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I naively considered that today is the only one holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. It turned out NOT. On March 17, 1861 in Russia, the last day of Maslenitsal, on Forgiveness Sunday, Alexander II published manifest to abolish slavery and it was publicly read in all churches all over Russia. I somehow remembered the year of abolishment from my school time, but of course, I forgot the date. There is almost no one talk about slavery in Russia, and nobody cares what I can’t tell about American South. It is a hot topic here and people talk about that with or without any reason. I met so many people who feel strongly guilty, even those whose relatives never even kept slaves. It is interesting, that slavery in Russia was canceled in the same year that the civil war in America started. At first I thought that maybe the war happened at first, then Alexander II decided, why should we trouble … let’s cancel it as well. But no, apparently, Russia abolished slavery first, and then a month later the Civil War started in America. In any case, Karl Marx & Co was actively watching everything what was going on, and noted that Russia and America were the last two from powerful countries, who abolished slavery.

Anyway, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and the abolition of Russian slavery to ya’ll!

What Russians do this week?

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My dear readers, I did not abandon my blog. We were traveling to Jamaica (the report is coming) plus we have an exchange girl from Russia living with us now. Plus it is cold in Atlanta and schools are closed which means my time is not mine anymore, but kids’. However, this week is special and I couldn’t miss it. Some have Mardi Gras, some celebrate Chinese New Year, but Slavics have Maslenitsa! Maslenitsa is Continue reading “What Russians do this week?”

Victory Day!

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Today is Victory Day! Great Victory Day. It’s not a secret that even though many other countries was involved in the Second World War and contributed to its’ Victory (and one of rare togetherness US Russia and UK), this day is most celebrated in former Soviet countries and especially in Russia. And despite of all what is happening now, hopefully it will be celebrated always. I wouldn’t even dare to write about this too much except it is a great day in history, probably the greatest holiday, but not the merry one.  War veterans… They didn’t had an easy life then, they don’t have it now, but still they are so happy especially in this day, the strongest and best generation. Being abroad I miss a celebration of it and I am talking not about a parade on Red square, but seeing veterans working on streets of cities and towns, Leningrad siege survivors, kids with flowers going to internal flame, tears, so well-known war movies I personally can’t hear or see without crying. And songs. War songs. There are many of them we all know by heart. Remember this one, Bulata Okudzavy. С Днём Победы!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B506ANVkvL0

 

“Carlson on the roof” – SWEDEN CITIZEN WITH RUSSIAN PASSPORT

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Few days ago a lady in a book club I visit from time to time asked everybody “What was your first favorite book you read, liked and remembered?”. My American counterparts shared their favorites, and then it was my turn. I think my first book was what my parents read to me, and it probably was Russian fairy tales and fairy tales by Alexander Pushkin. But when I started reading myself, it was “Pippi Longstocking “by Astrid Lindgren followed by “Carlson on the Roof” and so on. Astrid Lindgren was and still is one of my favorite children’s writers. It’s strange that Continue reading ““Carlson on the roof” – SWEDEN CITIZEN WITH RUSSIAN PASSPORT”

White House Petition “Alaska Back to Russia”

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I love it!
It’s not a joke-I saw it today in the news and couldn’t help but wanted to share. The truth is that The White House will have to issue an official response to petitions on the official website if they receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days. This petition’s deadline is April 20 to reach that goal. A similar petition was created in 2012 calling for Texas to leave the union. It received over 100,000 signatures and the White House responded.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/27/thousands-sign-official-white-house-petition-to-return-alaska-to-russia/