Irkutsk’s Old Houses: Windows to Siberia

The following was contributed by Renee Stillings, Program Director following her recent visit to Irkutsk to check up on SRAS programs there. Those programs include Russian as a Second Language, Siberian Studies, and more. My...

Urban “Decay” on Display: Street Art in Poland

What does street art have to do with the Warsaw Rising? Street art is a controversial issue. Legally, it can be considered vandalism and, to some, creates the impression that the area is unloved and...

Bishkek Irrigation Canals

There is a lot going on in Bishkek and there are a lot of pleasant parks and a few wide, shaded boulevards. While walking along them looking around, in the quieter areas, you will notice...

The Moscow We’ve Lost

The following was originally written in Russian by the popular Russian blogger and photographer Zyalt. It can be seen in the original in his blog. It is presented here for the edification of English speakers...

10 Ways to Enjoy Moscow’s Winter Parks

Russia is famous for miserably cold winters. This means that, in winter, Russians must stay at home being miserable, right? Not at all! For Russians, winters are part of their national heritage and there is...

The Tsoi Graffiti Wall on Stary Arbat

The Viktor Tsoi Memorial Graffiti Wall Stary Arbat and Krivoarbatskaya Lane Landmark – Never Closes; Free Coming across the graffiti wall on Stary Arbat last summer, I took a few pictures, and didn’t think about...

Underground Palaces – The Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro/Московский Метро Hours vary slightly by station, but generally closes daily 1:00am-5:30am Mosmetro.ru Unless you’ve seen pictures, you’re not prepared for the Moscow Metro System. For visitors, one of the great surprises of...

10 Obscure Videos of Soviet Moscow

The following text was written by Vera Kichanova and originally appeared in Russian on the website “Bolshoi Gorod.” To read the original Russian, click here. This has been translated for the first time into English by...

7 Facts about the Kremlin Stars

The following information was taken from the Russian 7 website. It has been translated here by SRAS Home and Abroad Translation Scholar Caroline Barlow. Some explanatory text and hyperlinks to further information have also been included...

Why So Many Manholes?

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, their upcoming events, changes, and history. The following is one interesting entry from a...

Moscow’s Seven Oldest Buildings

The following information was taken from a Facebook post by Москва и Москвичи. It has been translated here by SRAS Home and Abroad Translation Scholar Caroline Barlow. Some explanatory text (in italics) and hyperlinks to...

Why is the Metro…

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, their upcoming events, changes, and history. The following are two interesting entries from a...

History & Myths of Moscow State University

The following was originally written in Russian by amateur historian Igor Aksyuta and published on LiveJournal. It went viral on the Russian Internet for some time. It has here been translated by SRAS Home and...

The Quay with Sphinxes in St.Petersburg

The Quay With Sphinxes/ Сфинксы на Университетской набережной СПб, Университетская наб., д. 17 Available at any time of the day Souvenirs cost about $5 and upward During an SRAS-arranged walking tour of central St. Petersburg, our...

Interview with Patriotic Music Professor in Bishkek

If you want to better understand a country’s government, study its culture. (Если хочешь ближе узнать историю государства, изучай его культурe.) In that spirit, I sat down with one of Kyrgyzstan’s top experts on the...