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Russia

Potemkin Villages: The History Of Fake Buildings For Tr...

May 20, 2020

No. 41–46 Leinster Gardens. (David Anstiss/Wikimedia Commons) What do you see in the photo above? Just a beautiful upscale residential street, basking in the ...

Rasputin's Daughter Literally Ran Away And Joined The C...

January 24, 2020

Imagine this scenario: Your father is a high-profile mystic, purported to be impossible to kill. Your friends are empresses. Not what most people consider a ...

The Making Of A Mad Monk: How Rasputin Went From A Peas...

January 21, 2020

Grigorj Rasputin, Russia's Mad Monk and mystic. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Known as "the Mad Monk," Grigori Rasputin was a central figure in the downf...

Beer In Russia Wasn't Considered Alcohol Until 2011

January 1, 2020

We know you're hungover, barely alive, just hanging in there like a kitten on a motivational poster. That's why, today, we're bringing you a story about what is no doubt...

New Year's Trees: They're Like Christmas Trees But Russ...

December 26, 2019

Toys. Lights. Family and friends gathered around a stunningly decorated evergreen tree. This might sound like a familiar Christmas scene---after all, that's ...

The Short Lived Democratic Republic of Georgia

June 14, 2019

The Republic of Georgia, a small country roughly the size of West Virginia sandwiched between Russia and Turkey, is one of the new states that emerged after the dissolut...