Tag Archives: Russia

Russian Language Day

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m making an effort to learn how to speak and write Russian.  This is a long-term project that took a back seat when news of Russia-gate heated up and word of the Chechnya … Continue reading

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Happy Old New Year

Aleksei says he is eager for Old New Year.  My new Russian friend has asked for a few days off at work so he can be in Moscow to visit his sister’s family for the traditional holiday observance that will … Continue reading

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The End Of Tsarist Russia (Review)

I noticed The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I & Revolution during the lead up to the December holiday season.  Despite the timing, I knew this was a must read book.  The urge to bring it … Continue reading

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It’s About Time

A few months ago, the news that a practical flying car was about to be readied for the public, was released.  The first ones would hit the airstrips in about two years.  I actually spoke aloud, “It’s about time.” Then … Continue reading

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Itsenäisyyspäivä

On Wednesday my friend, Anders, called me to enjoy a friendly chat and to give me an idea for a bluejayblog post. He thought about my interest in holidays as he was decorating his home with blue and white colors for Independence Day.  … Continue reading

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The Anglo Swedish War

Russia has been a major factor in the foreign relations of nations for centuries. This has been especially true in regards to Scandinavia. To the Russian factor, we find Britain’s relations with the European mainland, especially its dealings with France. The crazy quilt of … Continue reading

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International Romani Day

In their zeal to promote the so-called Aryan race, the far right movements in Europe of the 1930s and 1940s targeted several groups of people for annihilation. The list of ethnic groups and subcultures included many categories: Jews, Slavs, people … Continue reading

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