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July 19th, Tour of Boris Eltsyn’s Presidential Library

Now I figured this out. Presidential Library is Russian President’s residence for official meetings in St. Petersburg.  It also functions as a public library in between governments-sponsored events.  Good tour!         Presidential Inauguration Copy of Russian Constitution     Possible presidential candidates after Putin, including a very viable team of four new […]

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July 17, Peter and Paul Fortress

     

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16 July, The Russian Museum Tour

 

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The Tale of Two Nights

After all the group has stuffed themselves with a classic Russian dinner, we sometimes meet up to explore new locations (mostly bars). I would like to detail two nights I have had recently that capture the two extremes of nightlife here. To give a full picture of how wild a night can get, let me […]

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Walking Tour #4. St. Petersburg Sites of Mass Political Terror

Taking a quiz on the last part of Dostoevskii’s Crime and Punishment at the Chernyshevkaia subway station.  A warm up for the tour of sites of mass political terror (The Bolshoi Dom, Kresty, Mikhail Shemiakin’s sphynxes, The Tauride Palace, Smolny).

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July 11, Nevafilm Film Studios

We are heading to Nevafilm Studios today. Here is Nevafilm today’s report on Russian cinema market in English. http://en.nevafilm.ru/engnews/view/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=408&cHash=3a7a6381369981e6758388ff72b77b7c    

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July 10, Faberge Museum

Faberge Museum      

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Ballet Eugene Onegin (Rachel Sims)

For this post I will take a look at Boris Eifman’s Ballet Eugene Onegin, which our group went to see on Wednesday July 5th. This ballet took Pushkin’s original story Eugene Onegin and gave it a modern twist, through various element decisions. For example, most of the ballet used classical music, but several scenes used rock […]

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Reading Crime and Punishment

at the performance of Boris Eifman’s ballet Eugene Onegin  

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July 5, Boris Eifman’s Ballet Eugene Onegin