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From runways to video games, the ‘90s are hot right now. What were they like for us and our families? Were they the “wild” years of the post-Soviet era when money vanished and mafia ruled? Or the times of frizzy hair and first music videos? Or just a childhood when all of this seemed normal? We asked around:
Are Russians unusually creative? Can they find a new outlook on the traditional? Is creativity a boon or a boost to the nation’s development of innovations and economy? Olga Bychkova, head of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS Center) at the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) and the co-author of the book Fantastic Worlds of Russian High-Tech, spoke on these topics during a lecture organized by ITMO University and the EUSP as part of a series commemorating the launch of ITMO-EUSP joint Master's program Science and Technologies in Society.
If you’ve never been to Russia (hint hint you really should come, summer is coming and we promise you won’t freeze to death, and bears have all abandoned their balalaikas and gone on vacation to the North Pole), you may not know that we love the beginning of May as dearly as we love that reposeful week after New Year’s. Why? Because ‘tis the sweet, sweet time of prolonged public holidays, often with the added plus of good weather. Here are our reflections on this wonderful time of the year.
The teacher asks the class: “Did you know that elements contract in the cold and expand in the heat?” Vovochka raises his hand… This is how anecdotes, a particular type of a Russian joke, often start out. With April Fools' Day just around the corner, we’re taking a deeper dive into this cultural phenomenon that is the most popular form of Russian humor.
Moving to a new country can be daunting and it comes with many twists and challenges. I know this from my own experience and talking to friends who have lived abroad. Here are some tips that I hope will help you when you move to Russia!
Catch the latest photography exhibition or two, learn about the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, and cook a batch of sweet and crunchy caramelized violets! Here is our weekly list of the best events going on in St. Pete this weekend.
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or just someone wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, plant-based foods are always a good idea. Apart from being chock-full of vitamins, nutrients and other goodness, as well as a more ethical way to eat, these are also mouth-wateringly level of tasty. Don’t believe us? Here’s a series of articles featuring a comprehensive overview of vegetarian and vegan eateries and shops of St. Petersburg that will certainly make you change your mind. This first installment is dedicated to restaurants: big and small, upmarket and less so. Tuck in!
Is memeology a science? This was the question posed by Taras Sychev, an editor for the online news aggregator Lentach and a “memeologist”. On December 10, he gave a lecture at ITMO University, organized by the Center for Science Communication, during which he talked about the origin of memes, the history of Russian online culture and memeplexes. ITMO.NEWS provides a rundown of Mr. Sychev’s lecture.
Have you fed your house elf today? If not, you might wake up to someone doing Morse code inside your fridge. Or your coffeemaker would refuse to cooperate. And when you’re late, you might be looking for your cell phone for a long, long time…
It’s the spooky time of the year, and although Halloween is still far from being a massive phenomenon in Russia like it is in the rest of the world, our country also has its fair share of scary, creepy and unsettling folklore. We invite you to learn about some of the Russian culture’s most beloved (and feared) villains, boogeymen and mischief makers.