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The babushka, or Russian granny, is a pervasive image in Western culture, and, good news – she exists! There are a lot of older women in Russia who look exactly like stereotypical “babushkas” – small and short with scarves around their heads.

Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of women ranging in age from 43 to 86 who sing traditional songs and pop classics, have been voted by popular demand to represent Russia in the forthcoming Eurovision song contest

Sad, but true... if you get stopped by police for a random check in the Metro and don’t have your passport with you, or even if you’re stopped for a traffic violation, police will often offer you a choice between an official ticket or paying them off. And that’s just one example.

Sad, but true... if you get stopped by police for a random check in the Metro and don’t have your passport with you, or even if you’re stopped for a traffic violation, police will often offer you a choice between an official ticket or paying them off. And that’s just one example.

Gender roles are alive.In Russia Men are men and women are women, in every aspect of daily life. Men are expected to be very traditionally chivalrous, opening doors, pulling out chairs, and paying for the ladies. Women are expected to cook, clean and always look gorgeous

Domestic Enemies of the Allergy Mom: "I have friends with food allergic kiddos that won’t even go to them, but I feel like that’s cruel. And then I spend the entire time trying to pretend like I’m not secretly having a panic attack.

'Maslenitsa' - Perhaps the most cheerful holiday in Russia is the Pancake week. The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting because they combine the end of the winter holiday rituals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week preceding spring. Every day of Maslenitsa was devoted to special rituals.

'Maslenitsa' - Perhaps the most cheerful holiday in Russia is the Pancake week. The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting because they combine the end of the winter holiday rituals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week preceding spring. Every day of Maslenitsa was devoted to special rituals.

Many Russians celebrate Victory Day on May 9. On this day, TV networks broadcast World War II-inspired films, younger generations honor veterans, and the festivities culminate in a military parade at Moscow’s Red Square. Most veterans wear their medals as they head to the parade or an event organized by a local veteran organization.

This day remembers participation of Russia in World War II. This day is marked with parades around Red Square. The square is central to Moscow as well as to Russia being the largest

The National day, celebrated on June 12. On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament formally declared Russian sovereignty from the USSR. The holiday was officially established in 1992. People may attend concerts and fireworks that take place in many cities throughout the country. Prominent Russian writers, scientists and humanitarian workers receive State Awards from the President of Russia on this day. Most public offices and schools are closed on June 12.

Russia - 12 June - Russia Day, Declaration of State Sovereignty in 1990

On 1 September 1984, the Supreme Council of the USSR officially designated the first of September as the official ‘Day of Knowledge’. On this day, schools put on a special celebration to mark the start of the year – teachers and pupils assemble to listen to songs and poetry; congratulatory and inspirational speeches are given by the schools’ head teachers and, sometimes, by members of the local administration.

On 1 September 1984, the Supreme Council of the USSR officially designated the first of September as the official ‘Day of Knowledge’. On this day, schools put on a special celebration to mark the start of the year – teachers and pupils assemble to listen to songs and poetry; congratulatory and inspirational speeches are given by the schools’ head teachers and, sometimes, by members of the local administration.

Yuri Gagarin. As a student he was a very intelligent boy and had special inclination towards mathematics and science. After the completion of his studies, he joined the Soviet Space Program and made the first travel to space in 1961. After his return, he was assigned the post of deputy training director of Star City.

April 1961 RUSSIA PUTS MAN IN ORBIT The Soviet Union launched both the man into space as well as the man to orbit the earth today. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s space flight aboard the “Vostok I” lasted less than 2 hours.

Joseph Stalin. It was the economic reform measures initiated Stalin that brought a rapid phase of industrialization. Due to his innovative wartime craftsmanship, he was recognized as a great wartime leader who led victory against the Nazis. His varied literary works also made him one of the most popular national heroes of Russia.

What did Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Pol Pot have in common? They were among history's most dangerous, evil leaders, responsible for the loss of countless lives and for nearly ruining entire countries.

Russians are very proud of their country. They are proud of the rich Russian history, of all their heroes and icons, of their National celebration days and so on. It is very important for a Russian to have a broad cultural knowledge.

Russians are very proud of their country. They are proud of the rich Russian history, of all their heroes and icons, of their National celebration days and so on. It is very important for a Russian to have a broad cultural knowledge.