Russian Culture and Life

Russia is the country worth learning about even if you do not have any Russian friends or acquaintances. Its history, scientific discoveries, industrial developments and modern international relations draw attention of many nations in the world. Learn more about this country and Russian people by reading articles about Russian culture, traditions, superstitions and everyday life.

Due to intensive cultural integration within the last two decades Russian culture has experienced a lot of changes. Now things that were out of reach in the Soviet Russia has gradually become something like the modern Russian living benefits:...

If you have a Russian friend, girlfriend or wife, these are the most important Russian holidays you should remember if you want to surprise her with your knowledge of Russian traditions and history some day....

Many superstitions is Russia are so strong that they became an integral part of everyday life. If you communicate with Russian people for some time, you will notice how these Russian superstitions affect people...

Some Russian superstitions are really ancient and come from the pagan times when Slavonic tribes worshiped statues of various Gods and believed in the powers of nature. This is actually a very interesting...

A Russian household used to carry on Russian traditions and Russian way of life. Modern tendencies erased many traditions and changed the life of Russian people. But various superstitions, which have always...

It is funny but students in Russia have their own "set" of superstitions. Some of them may be ridiculously absurd but they make Russian students' life fun and relieve the stress of studying. Some...

Money rituals and superstitions in Russia are very deep in people's minds. Probably one of the first money rituals was used when Russian merchants tinkled coins in their pockets if they heard the first call...

Ivan the Fool (Иван Дурак) is a fictional Russian character who sleeps on a Russian stove...

There is a set of rules for good manners which gentlemen in Russia should follow in order to impress a woman. However, what they consider good manners and how they actually treat a woman in Russia are sometimes...

Living conditions in Russia defer greatly depending on the location. While in the cities people live  in apartments, in the countryside everyone has a detached Russian house. Of course, a rich family is...

Russian Banya is probably the most famous thing about Russia. Trying to keep up with the Western well-developed world, people started calling them saunas, but it...

In order to really enjoy a Russian banya (Russian...

Prices for Russian real estate go from one extreme to another. First of all, as opposed to other countries, the most expensive Russian real estate in the city is usually in downtown. Having a house or an...

Many centuries ago Russians observed special table manners while having a meal and inviting guests to their house. In Russia it has always been an honor to invite and fill your guest's belly with delicious...

In different countries people have different behavioral habits when they meet new people or communicate with them. One of them is the eye contact.

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Russian folk music has been developing for several ages and it still is. It left beautiful traces of unique folk culture in Russian history.

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Formation of mafia in Russia was quite an inevitable process in the Russian business environment at the beginning of 90s. After the Soviet collapse, redistribution of the private property among people was...

The cause of terrorism in Russia is not as clear as it may seem at first sight. Islamic terrorism against the U.S. or separatist terrorism in India are absolutely different from terrorism in Russia. They differ...

Russian caviar business is a gold mine which nurtures many poachers. Caviar has become a great part of Russian market within the last two decades. Now Russian caviar is available almost in any Russian store....

Russian mail is a busy system that provides postal services for people of all Russian cities and villages. The ability of Russian mail service to process mail of the entire country on a daily basis is...

Just like almost in any other country, when you send a letter to Russia, the sender's address is written in the upper left corner, and the recipient's address is written in the lower right corner....

Lapti* are Russian shoes woven out of wooden bast and worn by Russian peasants and village people in the past.

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Sarafan is a type of a traditional woman's dress worn both by peasant women and noblewomen in the tzarist Russia. Most commonly it was an ankle-length sleeveless summer dress on straps worn over a white...

A Russian icon is more part of religion, than part of Russian culture. However, even though it is rare to see a Russian icon of (let's say) Christ the Savior in a house of a Russian atheist, for a long time...

Cheburashka is a fictional character from children's book by a soviet writer Eduard Uspensky, which later became a whole series of Soviet cartoons. While the...

Many people are interested in Russian military relics. One of the things you can buy while traveling in Russia is a Russian badge. A Russian badge usually has military symbols. A great variety of them is sold...

If you want to make a call to Russia, it is better not to use your regular mobile or home phone plan as the rates will...

Russians and Americans are two nations that are extremely different from one another. Long years of Russian tsarism and communism, and American capitalism and democracy lay a huge gap between us. Our difference...

People tend to simplify things they don't understand by creating established views or ideas which later turn into myths. And it is not just the misunderstanding that created many American myths about...

The two cities (Moscow and Saint Petersburg), histories of which are so closely related, are absolutely different: while...

Russian Matryoshka is the best souvenir from Russia one can ever get. It is very traditional. Matryoshka is a set of wooden dolls that are very traditional, skilfully decorated and carved by Russian masters and...

One of the greatest samples of folk wooden art of Russia is wood engraving and wood painting. Russia owns rich forest resources. That is why the early Russian houses were made of wood. This resulted in a...

One of the main peculiarities of Russian hospitality is that friends are always welcome to come and visit. You don't even need to make a call or set a certain time for visiting. Just come and the host will...