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15
Dec
09

Wood makes music?

Balalaika

Balalaika is a wooden musical stringed instrument used in Russia since the 18th century. Russian folk music usually is accompanied by the beautiful sounds played by this instrument.

Watch how it is played on www.youtube.com.

Learn more on www.britannica.com.

picture from: http://www.nulime.com/Balalaika-Hard-Case/p28647

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15
Dec
09

She misses him. Have you seen him?

Katyusha/Катюша

This is the name of a famous russian folk song written by the famous poet, Mikhail Isakovsky. It is about a “girl longing for her beloved, who is away on military service.” (absolute astronomy)

Lyrics from www. marxists.org

Click here to listen to song: Katyusha Song


Расцветали яблони и груши, Apple and pear trees were a-blooming,
Rastsvetali iabloni i grushi,
Поплыли туманы над рекой. Mist (was) creeping on the river.
Poplyli tumany nad rekoj.
Выходила на берег Катюша, Katyusha set out on the banks,
Vykhodila na bereg Katyusha,
На высокий берег на крутой. On the steep and lofty bank.
Na vysokij bereg na krutoj.
Выходила, песню заводила She was walking, singing a song
Vykhodila, pesniu zavodila
Про степного, сизого орла, About a grey steppe eagle,
Pro stepnogo, sizogo orla,
Про того, которого любила, About her true love,
Pro togo, kotorogo liubila,
Про того, чьи письма берегла. Whose letters she was keeping.
Pro togo, chi pisma beregla.
Ой ты, песня, песенка девичья, Oh you song! Little song of a maiden,
Oj ty, pesnia, pesenka devichia,
Ты лети за ясным солнцем вслед. Head for the bright sun.
Ty leti za iasnym solntsem vsled.
И бойцу на дальнем пограничье And reach for the soldier on the far-away border
I bojtsu na dalnem pograniche
От Катюши передай привет. Along with greetings from Katyusha.
Ot Katyushi peredaj privet.
Пусть он вспомнит девушку простую, Let him remember an ordinary girl,
Pust on vspomnit devushku prostuiu,
Пусть услышит, как она поет, And hear how she sings,
Pust uslyshit, kak ona poet,
Пусть он землю бережет родную, Let him preserve the Motherland,
Pust on zemliu berezhet rodnuiu,
А любовь Катюша сбережет. Same as Katyusha preserves their love.
A liubov Katyusha sberezhet.
15
Dec
09

NOTICE: Seeking a Russian Broadcast

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15
Dec
09

Remember him?…

“The Museum has been created on the basis of the Cabinet (museum) of Fine Arts and Antiquities of the Moscow University as an educational and public institution where the most important periods of art history from the ancient times to the New Age have been represented: in plaster casts, maquettes, pictorial and galvanic copies, in accordance with the unique scientific program.” (http://www.museum.ru/gmii/defengl.htm)

Alexander Pushkin…

famous russian poet,  is thus far remembered through the famous Pushkin Museum. This renowned museum is located in St. Petersburg. It’s fine art collection, filled with history and talent, draws attention to many visitors from all over.

For more information visit the official website at: http://www.museum.ru/gmii/defengl.htm.

Reference:

Quote and images from: http://www.museum.ru/gmii/defengl.htm

13
Dec
09

President Dmitri Medvedev

Dmitri Medvedev was elected to office in 2008. He is the current President of the Russian Federation. He has a doctorate in law, was a professor in St. Petersburg State University, and was a chief counsel to Ilim Pulpe,  a timber company. He later became involved in politics, even becoming “Putin’s deputy chief of staff; when Putin was made interim president in 2000, Medvedev became deputy head of the presidential administration and then headed Putin’s successful campaign for president. After serving in several government posts, Medvedev was (2002–8) chairman of Gazprom, the state-run gas company. In 2005, he also was appointed first deputy prime minister. Putin, constitutionally barred from running for a third consecutive term in 2008, endorsed Medvedev as his successor in Dec., 2007, and Medvedev was easily elected to the office in Mar., 2008.” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, 2009)

President Dmitri Medvedev

Reference:

(2008). from Image Collection database. Retrieved from http://weblib.ucc.edu:2113/login.aspx?direct=true&db=imh&AN=imh403718&site=ehost-live

Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition. (2009). Medvedev, Dmitri Anatolyevich. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, 10/1/09 p1-1, 1p. Retrieved from http://weblib.ucc.edu:2113/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=39021150&site=ehost-live

13
Dec
09

Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum, a famous Russian museum located in St. Petersburg, alongside Neva River, contains more than 3,000,000 items in its collection. Within this collection, a visitor may find art collections of Catherine II, also know as Catherine the Great, “8,000 paintings of the Flemish, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian schools as well as superb modern works, with many by Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, and Matisse. The art collections also include the art of India, China, Egypt, pre-Columbian America, Greece, and Rome, as well as Scythian art from the Eurasian steppe. There are tapestries, ivories, and furniture. The Heroic Past of the Russian People includes the War Museum and a tribute to Peter the Great.” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 2009)

The Hermitage Museum has two important buildings: the White Palace, which is the central building and the Mikhailovsky Palace, which exclusively contains Russian art.

Interiors of a palace St. George Hall Winter Palace Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia

References:

Interiors of a palace St. George Hall Winter Palace Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia. (year). from Image Collection database. Retrieved from http://weblib.ucc.edu:2113/login.aspx?direct=true&db=imh&AN=imh541388&site=ehost-live

Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition. (2009). Hermitage, museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, 1-1, 1.

10
Dec
09

Wave “Hello” to Siberian Seals

Imagine… trekking Lake Baikal. It’s a beautiful scenery: sandy/pebbly beaches with bright blue waters, awesome campsites with trails that lead you closer to nature and be able to view various kinds of animals unique to siberia, such as the brown bear, nerpa (siberian seal), omul salmon, golomyanka, sturgeon, lake whitefish, and so on.

Check out these sites to find out more:

www.greatbaikaltrail.org

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/49177/Lake-Baika

View more pictures on www.greatbaikaltrail.org




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