posted : Saturday, October 29th, 2011

tags : russia polar_bear wildlife

posted : Thursday, October 20th, 2011

tags : moscow metro russia

sugarlovesrussia:

New Year and Christmas in Moscow.

posted : Monday, October 10th, 2011

tags : reblog

reblogged from : Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

posted : Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

tags : putin russia telegraph

Russian lesson 2

знай, а лучше понимай!

Know… and even better, understand!

posted : Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

tags : russia

Russian lesson

я буду вспоминать с улыбкой, все свои попытки, все свои ошибки…

"I will remember all my attempts and mistakes with a smile."

posted : Saturday, October 1st, 2011

tags : russia

sugarlovesrussia:

Moscow, Russia
Mist above the Red Square.

looks like Smog from summer 2010 and not mist!

sugarlovesrussia:

Moscow, Russia

Mist above the Red Square.

looks like Smog from summer 2010 and not mist!

posted : Friday, September 30th, 2011

tags : moscow russia red_square reblog

reblogged from : Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

travel-bugg:

Skyline of Sochi, Russia - Home of the 2014 Winter Olympics

Need to visit this city.

travel-bugg:

Skyline of Sochi, Russia - Home of the 2014 Winter Olympics

Need to visit this city.

posted : Thursday, September 29th, 2011

tags : olympics sochi russia reblog

reblogged from : thoughts of a traveller

Russo-what?

I get the feeling that to be a Russophile is to be viewed as naive… only Russophobes know the real truth.

Positivity = misguided

Negativity = truths

The only stuff you read in the Western press about Russia is:

1. Spies

2. Not a democracy/is a dictatorship/Putin is Brezhnev

3. Spies

4. Corruption

5. Spies

6. Economy comparable to Rwanda

7. Spies

8. Plane crashes

9. Spies.

Not to say that none of those are untrue or un-newsworthy. But where do you read about the positive things in Russia? We are all probably guilty of dismissing positive news about Russia as propaganda. I think it’s time that the Western press started to take more of a balanced and fair stance in reporting about Russia, and for Western audiences to jettison long-held opinions formed in the Cold-War era. Not every Russian is a spy. Not every aviation accident happens in Russia. Vladimir Putin has in fact helped to improve the lives of many of his country’s citizens - a fact often overlooked in the West in favour of comparing him to the stagnator general Leonid Brezhnev - or, worse, Joseph Stalin.

This coincides with another major gripe of mine - the assumption that every other country in the world should be just like us (and by us I mean, USA, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia…), and if they’re different that means they’re doing it wrong.

Democracy does not necessarily coincide with freedom and success.

Russia wouldn’t ordinarily stack up to be considered a Western-style democracy, and yet, having lived there, there are not that many differences between their lifestyles and ours. They have wholesome food on the table, they go out to bars and clubs, they spend extravagantly on clothes and shoes, they carry around iPhones and iPads. Yes, some people live in poverty and have a difficult life, just like in the West. Yes, there is massive inequality, just like in the west. Yes, those living in larger cities tend to have a higher standard of living than those in small, provincial towns, JUST LIKE IN THE WEST.

So before you read the next “holier-than-thou” article written in a Western newspaper by a (probably) Western journalist, take the time to examine the other side of the story.

Oh, and watch out for that spy just around the corner.

posted : Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

tags : russia

posted : Monday, September 26th, 2011

tags : russia putin medvedev