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The ushanka fur cap is famous all over the world. Over the centuries-old history of its existence, it has turned from a peasant's headdress into one of the main Russian symbols.


Volcanoes and geysers, lakes and mountains, amulets and dream traps, fishing and dogsleds... Just a short while ago, Kamchatka was a closed and secret territory. The tribals inhabiting it add to the mystery of Kamchatka.


The main stereotypes about Russians are eagerly replicated by the Western media and mainstream culture. They have long claimed Russia to be a land full of bears, snow, vodka, and drunk peasants with nesting dolls and balalaikas.


Tatars are the Turkic people living in the central part of European Russia, as well as in the Volga area, the Urals, Siberia, the Far East, and the Crimea.


The modern territory of the Republic of Karelia has long been populated by such peoples as the Karelians, Saami, Veps and Russians.


Sometimes the notion of what NOT to do is more important than what to do if you want to make a good impression. Do you agree? Then read about TOP TEN things you should NOT do in Russia.


When drawing a picture of family happiness, have you always imagined that you will be met at home by your beautiful, caring, soulful and house-proud wife, who is fond of children? Then you have dreamed of a wife from Russia.


The mysterious Russian woman's soul enchants practical men's minds and evokes admiration. What does it take to gain reciprocal romantic feelings of a Russian woman?


On May 9, the whole of Russia will celebrate the Victory Day, which marks the 73rd anniversary since the victory over fascism. The Immortal Regiment, the Victory Parade, and fireworks...


The 71st anniversary since the Great Victory over fascism will be celebrated in Moscow with large-scale festive events.


How did this biblical name (the town of Emmaus is mentioned in the Book Makkaveyev, the Gospel of Luka, etc.) come to the central part of Russia? It happened at the will of Mitrofan Slotvinsky, the archbishop of Tver and Kashinsky.


The village of Tsatsa (the word presently meaning hoity-toity) was founded by immigrants from the Central Russia in 1788. However, all the versions of its name origin mention its Kalmyk traces. It is no wonder, since the village is located in the northern suburb of a Kalmyk ulus, on the shore of Tsatsa Lake.


When travelling across Russia one may come across a number of unexpected and surprising names. How come, for example, there is Emmauss Village in the Tver Region and why Chyornaya Gryaz (i.e. Black Dirt!) near Ryazan? What is Mamyri and for what reason was a village in the Volgograd Region nicknamed Tsatsa (translating as Hoity-Toity from Russian)? My Planet reveals the secrets of those strange names.


The first philatelic society in the RSFSR was founded in Moscow in 1918. Most members of the pre-revolutionary Moscow Stamp Collectors Society joined the Moscow Society of Philatelists and Collectors. It existed till February 1921.


Origin of philately in Russia was closely connected to printing of the first Russian stamps (1858) and envelopes (1845). Some of the Russian stamps were highly appreciated by collectors in the 19th century.


From one to 12 non-standard names are registered every year. Most often an exotic name expects a baby in the family, where one of the parents is a foreigner.


Yoga was spreading in the Russian Empire and the USSR until the 1970s, when all the oriental practices were banned in the Soviet Union.


Majority of people practicing yoga today believe that yoga started its way in Russia with opening of modern clubs or popular fitness centers, and have no idea that there was, for example, the Yoga Association of the USSR.


Buddhas teaching emerged in the middle of the first millennium BC in India. Though from far away geographically, for many centuries Buddhism has been organically manifesting itself in Russian lands as well.


Direct and mediated culture-historical links of Russia and India are rooted in hoary antiquity. They appeared much earlier than trade and economic relations of the two countries.


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