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Experience the wings of history in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Petersburg. Whether you stand in the Red Square at the Lenin Mausoleum and Vasilij Cathedral’s brightly colored onion domes or in the square in front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Petersburg, you cannot avoid the memory of the dramatic events that have taken place in this magnificent country.
Take the lavishly metro to party with the party-happy Russians, where the friendship is nurtured over a bowl of borsh and washed down with a vodka, nastorovie!
“Russia is a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma”: Winston Churchill
The West has often misunderstood Russia and its intentions, but the best way to just try to understand the country is by going there, experiencing the amazing metropolises of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Petersburg, and watch, talk to and listen to the Russians on their own home ground.
Founded in 1147, Moscow, with the Kremlin, is the country’s political and religious center and stands in contrast to the country’s second-largest city, Skt. Petersburg founded in 1703 by Peter d. Store, considered to be the country’s intellectual and artistic capital.
The Russian Federation consists of over 20 republics, of which Sakha / Jakutia is the largest of approx. 3 million km2 and Ingushetien at least 3,000 km2.
The church again plays a vital role in daily life and is strongly linked to the leadership of the country, which originates from the Moscow Kremlin.
For centuries, the Russians have been shaped by the country’s harsh climate and authoritarian governance, both under the many great princes, tsars and Communist Party leaders, as well as in modern times under Vladimir Putin.
After all, Russia and its people, who experienced severe reprisals in the Soviet era, played a crucial role in the bipolar world, which collapsed at the fall of the Union in 1991.
That role seeks to restore the country’s leaders through the narrative of a Europe and the West that you do not necessarily share all interests with.
The Russians may seem unapproachable and cool on the surface, but don’t miss out on the roaring heat you receive once you enter the bear coat.
The Russians are a conservative people with old traditions one is proud of, and a certain nostalgia and melancholy characterize the Russian folk-soul, which culminates in great arm movements and dramatic magnificent tales in the form of romantic flashbacks to history spiced with high laughter or salty tears.
Area: 17 million km2
Geography: There are approx. 8,000 km between the country’s easternmost and westernmost points and covers nine time zones. The majority of the country consists of steppes in the south, forest belt in the north (taiga) and tundra facing the ice sea. The Caucasus Mountains border the south between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, and the Altai Mountains towards Mongolia.
Furthermore, mountain ranges in the Siberian Far East as well as the Kamchatka Peninsula.
The country’s largest rivers in Siberia run from south to north, and Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, has a surface area of 31,000 km2.
Population: 144 million inhabitants, of which approx. 81% are Russians, approx. 4% tartars and approx. 15% other ethnic peoples and minorities
Capital: Moscow with official approx. 12 million population (unofficially about 16 million)
Climate: Most of the country is in a subarctic climate zone with extremely cold winters with temperatures down to -70. In central Siberia with mainland climate, summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees. The contrast is the subtropical climate of the Black Sea around the city of Sochi with mild winters and temperatures of about 30 degrees in summer.
The best time of year is late spring and early fall.
explore RUSSIA’S attractions
Its beautiful churches (COMING SOON)
THE RED SQUARE
Its metro (COMING SOON)
Canals and mansions (COMING SOON)
russia: a brief introduction
An actual Slavic state formation first takes place in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, with the Christianization of the great prince Vladimir of the Holy Year 988. However, the Kyiv kingdom quickly dissolved, and with the Mongols control of the area west of the Ural Mountains from ca. 1230 to 1480, Moscow is forced to pay tribute to these. The Moscow princes subsequently assemble the land and expand eastward into Siberia, where Cossacks reach the Pacific Ocean in 1639.
The country is still lagging behind with a powerful apparatus of power carried by a small nobility around the Czar as well as a huge rural population in marked poverty. The Russian Orthodox Church, which for centuries has accumulated wealth without paying taxes, plays a crucial role in the leadership of the country and manages to reject the European Reformation.
Peter D. Store tries to cope with this backwardness and is the first czar to travel outside the country – to Europe, from which he brings with him elements of modern government, military, and administration. The church is taxed and loses much of its privileges, and further modernization takes place under Catherine the Great, where the empire is expanded to include large parts of Eastern Europe as well as the Crimean Peninsula.
The subsequent defeat of the Crimean War in the mid-1800s makes clear how far behind Russia is as a military force in the region. Further expansion in the Caucasus and Central Asia is continuing, but draining the state of human and economic forces.
The life trait was first abolished in 1861 when revolutionary thoughts began to emerge in intellectual circles in the big cities as well as in the rural population. The Zar families, who for centuries have been cut off from the hardships of the ordinary people, realize too late the complete lack of social reform and the meager actions taken after the first revolution in 1905 are by no means sufficient. World War I is the last drop that makes the cup overflow, culminating in the 1917 revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union.
The 70 years under the flickering red tabs are gone, an authoritarian regime under Vladimir Putin has replaced the turbulent years under Yeltsin, and the country is once again marking itself as a great power to remember to invite. Go to Russia and experience the Russian hospitality – always in the company of a glass of vodka.