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How to spend Russian “May Holidays” in 2015

If you are lucky to spend the first ten days of May in Russia you’re lucky enough!

Plenty of events will be held over the next two weeks. Russians call this period “May holidays”. We have compiled a list of the most exciting upcoming events to help you find out what to see and do during your visit in Russia.

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Siberian fun: Mass ski run in swimsuits

Grelka fest Sheregesh

Grelka Fest is annual largest event of Siberia taking place in the ski complex “Sheregesh” and attracting more than 10,000 spectators. Usually It happens on the first weekend of April, however, this year the festival will lasts three weekends of the month.

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Baikal Ice Golf Festival 2015

Baikal Ice Golf Festival

Have you ever played golf?
So what do you say about ice golf? You’ve probably never heard of it .
Learn about the Ice Golf Festival that takes place right on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal!

 

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Free Days at The Hermitage

Hermitage

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has free admission on every Thursday of the month, during 2015, to commemorate its 250th anniversary. The closest free day is on 5 March, 2015.

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Maslenitsa, the Sun Festival

Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian festival, a mix of pagan beliefs and Christian traditions, which marks the end of winter. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, eighth week before Eastern Orthodox Paskha (Easter).

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Europe’s largest ice skating rink opens in Moscow

On November 28, 2014, the largest artificial ice rink of 20,510 square meters opened its doors to skaters at the VDNKh (Rus: ВДНХ, National Exhibition of Economic Achievements) in Moscow. It ranked first in terms of area among all Europe rinks. The second one is the FlevOnice rink located in the Netherlands, which is 1,310 square meters less than the Russian rink.

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White nights are coming

Experience the “White Nights” (rus: Белые Ночи [Beliye Nochi]) in Saint Petersburg, when the city stops to sleep and sinks into the constant daylight. This curious phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg’s very northerly geographical location – at 59 degrees 57′ North. During the “White Nights” the sun does not descend below the horizon, it hardly becomes dark and nights get indistinguishable from days. 

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Victory Day Parade 2014

May 9, Russia celebrates one of the biggest holidays, Victory Day (rus: День Победы, Den Pobedy). On 9 May 1945 the German military surrendered to the USSR in Berlin. It became the end of the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War) for the USSR. After four years of fighting USSR lost about 25 (according to different estimates) million citizens. 

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Pussy Riot members are released in Sochi

Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot who were arrested on Monday near the Winter Olympics resort of Sochi have been released. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were being held on suspicion of theft. The pair were convicted of hooliganism over a protest song against President Putin in Moscow’s largest cathedral. They staged the protest along with other band members and were only released from jail in December. The act was seen as blasphemous by many Russians, and was condemned by the Orthodox Church. Continue reading

Sochi 2014: A beginner’s guide to the ski jumping events

The sport in brief

Few sports are more spectacular. Competitors jump further than the length of a football pitch at speeds of 60mph, so power, balance and an unflinching resolve are vital.
It’s not just about distance – points are also awarded for style.
Each competitor has two jumps which count towards the final standings. Continue reading