Women of the Gulag

Vladimir Bukovsky on Women of the Gulag The USSR was a huge zone of human suffering. Inside that zone there was also a hell that contained its powerless slaves—the GULAG. But within that hell, there was an even more terrible hell. Varlam Shalamov — the great writer who lived through the GULAG hell — dsaid…

Portrait of a young woman with feather hat

Over 200,000 people visit Russia’s Hermitage Museum exhibition in Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the exhibition’s high-ranking guests More than 200,000 people visited an exhibition organized by Russia’s State Hermitage Museum in Tokyo’s Mori art gallery between March and June, Hermitage Museum Deputy Director Georgy Vilinbakhov told TASS on Friday. «In Tokyo, the ‘Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum’ exhibition, organized…

the St. Isaac Cathedral over to the Russian Orthodox Church

St. Petersburg City Assembly votes against referendum on St. Isaac’s Cathedral issue

In January, St. Petersburg’s municipal authorities announced their decision to hand the St. Isaac Cathedral over to the Russian Orthodox Church The St. Petersburg City Assembly has voted against holding a citywide referendum on the handover of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church, a TASS correspondent reported from the Mariinsky Palace, the Assembly’s…

get Shostakovich Prize

Russian composer Eduard Artemyev, film director Nikita Mikhalkov to get Shostakovich Prize

Russian composer and film director will recieve the award from violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet A gala ceremony of awarding the Dmitry Shostakovich will take place in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall on Saturday. This year, the awardees are composer Eduard Artemyev and film director Nikita Mikhalkov, the press service of the latter said. They will…

TASS correspondent Alexei Bukalov gets International Pushkin Award

TASS correspondent Alexei Bukalov gets International Pushkin Award in Rome

The award was established in 2014 to encourage achievements in art, literature and research, at the same time accentuating the close relationship between the Russian and Italian cultures TASS correspondent in Italy Alexei Bukalow received the International Pushkin Award for literature in Rome for a series of literary works devoted to Russian poet Alexander Pushkin’s…

Russia, France mull Cross Year of Russian-French languages, literature

Russia, France mull Cross Year of Russian-French languages, literature — Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov said the civil and public dialogue between the two states «should be all-encompassing and involve the civil society» Russia and France discuss holding the Cross Year of the Russian and French Languages and Culture next year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. «The Cross Year of Russian-French Cultural Tourism ends this…

Yeltsin’s widow

Helmut Kohl did much to develop German-Russia relations -— ex-president Yeltsin’s widow

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away aged 87 The late former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl did much to develop relations between Germany and Russia, Naina Yeltsina, the widow of first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, told TASS. «Mournful news has come that former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away, the man who had done much…

holiday camps

Russian watchdog shuts down five illegal children’s holiday camps

This summer Russia’s consumer rights watchdog has carried out 8,541 scheduled and random checks on conditions of children’s recreation Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has revealed five unauthorized children’s holiday camps that accommodated 340 minors and shut them down this year, Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova told the governmental commission at a meeting in the National…

St Isaac’s Cathedral museum in St Petersburg

St. Isaac’s Cathedral administrator vows landmark will continue functioning as museum

The Committee on Culture earlier announced that Yuri Mudrov had been appointed as the museum’s director St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg will continue to operate as a museum, its newly-appointed Director Yuri Mudrov said at his first meeting with employees. «Let’s proceed from the premise that the museum is working. Should there be changes,…

Construction works help archaeologists unearth Stone Age relics

Construction works help archaeologists unearth Stone Age relics in Moscow

The scientists believe the artifacts could have penetrated the much older cultural layers 400 or 500 years ago during digging efforts Archaeologists have uncovered rare 5,000-year old tools in Moscow during the city’s ongoing construction project to renovate pedestrian zones, the mayor’s office said on Friday. The scientists discovered a silicic cutter from the Neolithic…

19th – 20th Century

The World of the Tatar Culture of the 19th – 20th Century

23.03 — 23.06 2017 For the first time the Russian museum of Ethnography presents objects revealing common and distinctive features of ethnic, territorial and ethno-confessional groups of the Tatars in Russia. The exposition gives visitor deep insights in resilience and development of Tatar national traditions in dwelling design, costume, cult objects, and applied arts. The…



Strelna is located about 22,5 km from St. Petersburg and overlooking the south shore of the Gulf of Finland. Strelna was favorite site for Peterburgers’ summer residences during 19th century. It was Strelna where the so-called «dachas» (summer cottages) of A.Suvorov-Rymniksky, A.Orlov, A.Lyvov, M. Kshessinsky were situated. The lanscapes of Strelna inspired A.Odoevsky, A.Griboedov, K.Romanov,…

Paul Cathedral

Three centuries above the city. The history of the bell tower of Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral has undergone several alterations in course of its long history. Permanent display in the belfry tells about the main stages of its construction and restoration. Drawings and photographs, a copy of a famous “Panorama of St. Petersburg” by Alexey Zubov (1716), model of Peter and Paul Cathedral, showing its design in…

Paul Fortress

History of Peter and Paul Fortress

Permanent display in the Neva Curtain Wall explores the history of Peter and Paul Fortress. More than 500 items from the museum collection, including archeological finds, engravings, photographs, construction equipment, models of the fortification structures, tell the story of the construction and development of the unique historical monument. Architectural designs, Russian and Swedish layouts and…

History of St Petersburg

History of St Petersburg – Petrograd. 1703 – 1918

Permanent display in the Commandant’s House of Peter and Paul Fortress consists of two sections. The first section explores the ancient history of the Neva banks and the history of St Petersburg of the early eighteenth – early nineteenth century. On display are archaeological finds, maps and layouts, paintings, pieces of graphic and applied art,…