Santa vs. Father Frost

It might come as a surprise, but people in Russia do not celebrate Christmas on the 25th. Why? Partially, because of the Orthodox Church that sticks Christ’s birth to the 7th of January, according to the older (Julian) calendar. Partially, because of the Communists. Back in the days religion was prohibited, and people could hardly … Continue reading

Why Russians Are Not Polar Bears

While I am shrugging from freezing wind outside the office, my colleagues are asking again, “How is it possible that you are cold? Aren’t you Russian?” The first time I stumbled upon this curious stereotype, it just made me laugh, now it makes me wonder… Do people honestly think that we grow some kind of … Continue reading

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