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A Guide to Russian History Resources on the Web

Published: August 24, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • The Russian National Library offers everything from this lubok of mice burying a cat to the tsar's coronation menu.
    Photo: The Russian National Library

Battles and revolutions, triumphs and defeats, charismatic leaders and a people accustomed to never-ending change. Russia's history is complex and endlessly fascinating.

Luckily you don't need to dig into dusty libraries to dive into Russia's past — there's a wealth of historical material to explore on the web.

From the first blurry photographs to military records, from cultural artifacts to film clips, here are seven resources to get you started. Some of them even let you take their material and use it on your blog.

1. The Russian National Library

It may sound like an obvious choice, but this is actually a rare thing on the Runet: An official website with a high-quality English version. You'll find gems like a lubok of mice burying a cat or the mouthwatering coronation menu of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna. Leaving aside the website's dated design, browsing the 'Treasures' section alone should keep you occupied for a few hours.

2. British Pathé

Over 80,000 videos are freely available on the company's YouTube channel, and coverage of Russia and the Soviet Union accounts for a large segment of that number.

Since British Pathé used to be in the newsreel business, producing films on topical events to be shown in movie theaters, World War II features heavily — but so do scenes from everyday life and quirky off-beat stories.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Dec. 19


Test your mastery of parlor games during Game Evening at the British Book Center. Learn how to play a variety of classic, mentally challenging games and use your newly acquired skills to crush weaker opponents. The event beings at 5 p.m.



Saturday, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Stock up your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya ploschad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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