A Cosmic Opportunity – The Moscow Planetarium

The Moscow Planetarium is an exciting experience for anyone with an interest in science and the stars. It features many exhibits and has separate museums and interactive halls. There you can see physical representations of how light bends, or displays showing Earth’s magnetic field. Their collection of telescopes throughout history is really impressive and well […]

The Amazing Moscow Circus

The Bolshoi Circus/Большой Московский Цирк Проспект Вернадского, 7, Москва Ticket offices 10:30-7:30, most shows start at 7pm. Tickets from 300 rubles-4000 rubles www.bolshoicircus.ru I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to the circus, but whatever it was, this was not it. I had heard that Russians give the circus an exalted place […]

Sokolniki Park in Moscow

Sokolniki Park/Парк Сокольники 107113, Москва, Сокольнический вал ул., 1, стр. 1 Hours: Always open but vendors vary, see site for details Admission is Free http://park.sokolniki.com Sokolniki park is one of Moscow’s beautiful outdoor spaces, and especially fun to visit because it’s so easy to get to (directions follow). It’s a known secret for Muscovites, and […]

10 Obscure Videos of Soviet Moscow

The following text was written by Vera Kichanova and originally appeared in Russian on the website “Bolshoi Gorod.” To read the original Russian, click here. This has been translated for the first time into English by SRAS Translate Abroad intern Sophia Rehm. In certain places, information has been added or links to outside information inserted […]

Autoville Culture Center in Moscow

Автовилль культурный центр / Autoville Culture Center Ул. Усачева, д. 2, стр. 1 Metro: Frunzenskaya 495-705-98-81 www.autoville.ru One thing that Russian cities tend to have in abundance is museums, and Moscow, not surprisingly, is loaded with them. Of course the heavyweights—the Tretyakov, Pushkin, Museum of Modern Art—get the lion’s share of visitors, but there are […]

Why So Many Manholes in Moscow?

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, their upcoming events, changes, and history. The following is one interesting entry from a series of short articles geared to answer the “strangest questions about city life” in the cities covered by the publication. […]

The Moscow Zoo

Московский зоопарк /Moscow Zoo Москва, Большая Грузинская, 1 Tel.: +7 (499) 255-53-75, (499) 252-35-80, (499) 766-74-12. Fax: +7 (495) 605-17-17 Hours: Tuesday–Sunday (Closed Mondays) In summer from 10:00 to 20:00 In winter from 10:00 to 17:00 Adults over 18 – 300 rubles Children under 18, students, etc. – Free Admission www.moscowzoo.ru The Московский зоопарк (Moscow […]

Julius “Jay” Wachtel: History, Fiction, and Something In between

Julius (“Jay”) Wachtel was born in Italy. Two weeks later he and his parents, both Holocaust survivors, moved to Buenos Aires. A decade later the family emigrated to the US and settled in Los Angeles. The fact that his mother had been liberated by Soviet troops led Jay to develop an interest in Russian history […]

Marat Gelman

hMarat Gelman was born in Chisinau, Moldova on 24 December 1960, the son of Soviet dramatist Alexander Gelman. As a youth, he danced in “Zhok,” a Moldovan folk ensemble, and entered the Moscow Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1977, during which time he worked in a number of Moscow theatres, including the Mayakovsky Theatre. He […]

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