More Russians see India as “true path” to spirituality

More Russians see India as “true path” to spirituality

The following is from an article in the Russia and India Report

Story by: Elena Revinskaya, specially for RIR

4Flexible enough?

Ancient healing from India

Some Russian certified yoga teachers have become as flexible and professional as Indian masters and look to become spiritual gurus for their compatriots back home.

India attracts people from Russia for various reasons including its cultural…

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Hunting Wolves in Russia – Vladimir Vysotsky

I was recently introduced to the songs of  Vladimir Vysotsky which I found very interesting and quite intriguing.

Mirror Reflections - Greenland & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Greenland & Russia

384864490_4e8b316ba7_zParadise in southern Greenland. Qinngua Valley between Tasermiut Life in Greenland

Sarah started this blog in diary form in May 2012 to chronicle her first trip to Greenland in connection with her Master degree studies in the tourism field. The early posts tell of Sarah’s everyday life living with a host family in Nuuk, the capital city, plus a few special trips: 10 days in North Greenland and a…

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Quotes by famous Russians – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

For us in Russia, Communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, …

Quotes by Famous Russians – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man. Quote by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Quotes by Famous Russians – Nikolai Berdyaev

There is a tragic clash between Truth and the world. Pure undistorted truth burns up the world. Quote by: Nikolai Berdyeav

A growing Trend in Russia - “Eco-Villages”

A growing Trend in Russia – “Eco-Villages”


Something Curious is going on

Something very curious is going on in Russia, I guess I should say more like around the world. But statistics show it’s more of a phenomenon here than anywhere else. Why? Anastasia is the answer. So who’s Anastasia, Vladimir Merge claims he met this mysterious woman who lead him deep into the Siberian Taiga. It is within these woods that she reveals to him about the…

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Ancient Indian Idol found in Russian Village

Ancient Indian Idol found in Russian Village


 An ancient Vishnu idol has been found during excavation in an old village in Russia Volga region, raising questions about the prevalent view on the origin of ancient Russia. The idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to VII-X century AD. Staraya Maina village in Ulyanovsk region was a highly populated city 1700 years ago, older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all…

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Quotes by Famous Russians – Alexander Berkman

War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood Quote by: Alexander Berkman

Quotes by Famous Russians – Ann Rand

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Quote by: Ann Rand

Quotes by Famous Russians – Sholom Aleichem

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich,

Section of Cold War Tunnel “Found” - Used to Spy on the Russians in Berlin

Section of Cold War Tunnel “Found” – Used to Spy on the Russians in Berlin


Exposed part of Tunnel

Fifty six years after the cold war a section of an ingenious tunnel built by the British and U.S. governments to spy on Russian phone conversations. The tunnel become exposed in a forest some 150 kilometers from the German Capital.

Built in 1955, the 450-meter-long tunnel,  spanned from Rudow in West Berlin to Alt-Glienicke in Soviet-occupied East Berlin. Allied…

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Russian B-29 Clone — The TU-4 Story

Russian B-29 Clone — The TU-4 Story

INTRODUCTION Story by Wayland Mayo


Probably the most significant development in aviation history is one which most Americans don’t even know happened. We worked hard to get our B-29 built so we could reach Japan, the retaliation that President Roosevelt so badly wanted. The Russians also wanted and badly needed a long range bomber as much as we did. The difference is, we engineered ours with…

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The first glimpse of the Island is a beautiful sight. It hard to conceive that the materials for this small town started 885 kilometers (550 miles) away in the Uglich forest not far from a city with the same name. It took a full winter to cut down and prepare all the materials, at the same time the top of the heavily wooded island was cleared of its trees. Ivan Grozny ordered his military engineer Ivan Vyrodkov to create a design for a new fortress that would be erected. It would become an unprecedented case in the history of building – just within four weeks after the materials arrive.  A wooden fortress town with huge oak walls, golden dome churches, decorated houses and high towers and belfries were completed on the island. It’s interesting to note that the materials that were floated down the river was only enough to build half the city. The other half came from the trees that were felled during the clearing for the city itself.

The history of Sviyazhsk is nearly 500 years old,  it rose then fell and today is rising again., poverty and prosperity plagued it, it lived in fame and fell into oblivion, it was also once a place of respect only to fall into humiliation.
One Ivan Grozny had conquered Kazan the  powerful fortress was turned into a big administrative center and trade town where foreign ambassadors and tradesmen would come. Later in history, Sviyazhsk became a monastery a place where life was modest, quiet and full of beatitudes. Then in 1781 Sviyazhsk was assigned to Kazan province and was given its own emblem. The emblem pictured of a floating town and fish underneath, which signified the town was brought here from the Uglich forests. After the October Revolution Sviyazhsk looked like it had been pillaged, with defiled churches, and became a place that housed prisoners.
Today you see a revival of the old fortress town. Just like in olden times, travelers get to see white stone Monastery walls and the golden domes of churches. The city itself boosts a small population between 7-800 people living there today. It’s possible they might even be descendants of those who built this fortress town named Sviyazhsk. One thing is for sure the views from the island are absolutely gorgeous. You will even find modern Russian style homes within the city. But don’t let that fool you because right around the corner and down the hill you will find the traditional Russian country homes.
In the mind of a Tsar – A town is Born – Part II The first glimpse of the Island is a beautiful sight. It hard to conceive that the materials for this small town started 885 kilometers (550 miles) away in the Uglich forest not far from a city with the same name.