Between 1885 and 1917, Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants created 105 jeweled eggs
, only 69 of which survive. They are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art. The Rothschild egg
is the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction.
posted by Joe Beese
on Jun 3, 2009 -
"You are setting an example for all society and you continue the tradition of parental service which has been customary in our country for centuries," so quoth Russian President Medvedev upon presenting the Order of Parental Glory
to eight families. The medals are part of a campaign to encourage Russians to reproduce to offset the steep anticipated population decline in that country. [more inside]
posted by jeoc
on Jun 1, 2009 -
A German researcher accidentally jabbed her finger with a hypodermic loaded with the deadly Ebola virus
. 48 hours later, she was injected with an untested, experimental vaccine
, developed by an international team of virologists and biologists. Though she may never have been infected, she was certainly in danger; in 2004, a similar incident caused the death of a Russian scientist
at a former Soviet biological weapons lab.
posted by permafrost
on Mar 29, 2009 -
Every day we go on to the streets, dying at his defenders who thought about us. About us, that they were not destined to see. But we can remember!
And imagine that the horror that the people was to survive.
WWII era Photographs, I assume, of Leningrad
combined with current photographs. This era has also recently been portrayed effectively by David Benioff in his novel City of Thieves
. Found the pictures via Warren Ellis
who thinks the photographer may be Sergei Larenkov.
posted by zzazazz
on Jan 29, 2009 -
What was so shameful and embarrassing to me, an American journalist whose own Moscow-based newspaper, The eXile, had just been driven out of existence [previously] by these same Kremlin bastards, is that Sasha was rightly frustrated. A Kremlin minder right and the Western journalists wrong? What has this world come to when the Kremlin has a better grasp of the truth than the free Western media?
How to screw up a war story: The New York Times at work
posted by Anything
on Jan 5, 2009 -
Georgia and Russia:
This is the most balanced and informative discussion I've seen since the invasion over three months ago (MeFi thread
). If you've been wanting to catch up, this essay and its many useful links are the way to go. The author, Donald Rayfield
, is professor of Russian and Georgian and knows both countries well. (Via wood s lot
posted by languagehat
on Nov 18, 2008 -
More subprime collateral damage. Iceland's now getting a $5B bailout
from Russia. What does Russia want in return
? Access to shipping lanes? The old US base? via
posted by blahblah
on Oct 7, 2008 -
Trains of Russia
, photos from Pavoroz.com
, a site about the railways of Russia, the Baltics and the C.I.S. (Commonwealth of Independent States
). More than 50 000 pictures of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, EMU and DMU trains, draisines, stations, tracks, etc. The collection is updated daily. The Turkestan-Siberian railway
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Oct 6, 2008 -
"You are browsing a resource which is devoted first of all to the history and culture of the Soviet Union, the country which the West for a long time usually named as "The Empire of Evil", the country to which some people in the West perceive as "something big and snowy".
I offer you to try to look outside the frames of usual stereotypes, to try to understand life of a unique country, with its interesting history, beautiful culture and miraculous relations between people.
The music submitted on this site - is an evident sample of a totally new culture, which completely differs from all that, with what Hollywood and MTV supply us so much. This culture, being free from the cult of money, platitude, violence and sex, was urged to not indulge low bents of a human soul but to help the person to become culturally enriched and to grow above himself." [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 23, 2008 -
This year alone, over 20,000 Russian Orthodox pilgrims followed an icon of St. Nicholas from Kirov to Velikoretskoye on foot. The 180km-long pilgrimage through the Russian countryside dates back to the 14th century.
Sergey Kozmin's photos
. Some extra info
posted by ersatz
on Aug 15, 2008 -
has died. ( BBC
) The great author and opponent of totalitarianism lived to see the end of Communism in the Soviet Union and almost everywhere else. He survived WWII as a commander in the Soviet army before being put into gulags where he spent 20 years. He went on to write the Gulag Archipelago
and win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.
posted by sien
on Aug 3, 2008 -