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Russian Cat Fitted with New Two Prosthetic Legs

Russian Cat Fitted with New Two Prosthetic Legs Veterinarians in Novosibirsk have achieved a first for Russia: restoring mobility to a cat by implanting two prosthetic legs after an amputation surgery. Within a day of the operation, the animal was able to begin walking again, according to the Takie Dela website. Ellie the cat was More Russian Cat Fitted with New Two ProstheticLegs read more »

Noviy Svet – A Little Piece Of Paradise

Finding Paradise Have you ever felt like youve fallen asleep in hell and the next morning found yourself in Paradise? The road from Simferopol to Sudak is over a two-hour drive with the beginning being fairly straight going, but toward the end it begins to take many twists and turns and neither the wife More Noviy Svet A Little Piece OfParadise read more »

Here’s a Little Taste of What’s to Come

Crimean Coastline near Noviy Svet The wife and I just had a wonderful vacation on the Crimean Coastline, over the next several days I will be posting my thoughts on this wonderful place called Crimea. I also got to talk to many Crimeans that shared with me their thoughts about the referendum. I dont want More Heres a Little Taste of Whats toCome read more »

The most impressive underground stations in the...

In civilized countries there metro stations which can easily be mistaken for real museums. Among the most striking are transport stations under a globe, inspired by the speech of Stalin or station under the Huangpu River stunning audio-visual effects. Londons Underground Stations: A Social and [...] read more »

Most beautiful cities in Portugal

most beautiful cities in Portugal. Portugal is a beautiful country with hospitable people, lovely music and delicious food. A paradise for tourists should not limit their visit to the capital Lisbon, because other cities are available and they will remain in the soul. List of cities in Portugal Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is [] read more »

Bedtime Story for Adopted Russian Brown Bear

Not Your Average House Pet Meet Stepan, a 7ft. Russian Brown Bear who was adopted by Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko of Moscow, Russia. Stepan was found wandering in a forest by hunters when he was 3 months old, today hes 23 years old and not only extremely domesticated but probably more civilized than most young More Bedtime Story for Adopted Russian BrownBear read more »

The most unfriendly city in the world

Moscow is the most unfriendly city in the world in May in a poll by website , who asked travelers where they met the most hospitable and willing to help people. So theoretically we could say that in the Russian capital just go if you do not like people in general and travel alone or you get [] read more »

FINA Diving World Series – Kazan, Russia

The Kazan leg of the FINA Diving World Series will bring together 71 athletes and 51 team officials representing 13 nations. 10 of them are from Russia. This legs lineup of divers is expected to be the strongest. 16 diving officials (10 internationally certified judges and 6 national ones) will oversee the tournament. The competition More FINA Diving World Series Kazan,Russia read more »

Top 10 most beautiful National Parks in Europe

National parks around the world are home to many species of areas where plants and animals which are often likened to true corners of paradise. List of national parks of the United States Wikipedia, the free The United States has 59 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. The following are 10 of the most beautiful parks and nature reserves in Europe: Triglav National Park Triglav National Park is the only natio... read more »

The Dachnik Movement

Orginally posted on: Russian Dachnik Movement Introduction The Russian Dacha and the Dachnik movement have been around for more than 100 years and the home garden for more than 1,000. The Dacha is typically a one-room cottage perched on one hectare of land—large enough to grow fruits and vegetables to support a single family via intense, More The Dachnik Movement read more »

Popular cities of the world: metropolis that dr...

Experts from Euromonitor published this year among the most visited cities in the world. For the sixth consecutive year, a metropolis of Asia took first place in the top, attracting over 27 million visitors in 2014. The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World Condé Nast Traveler Jan 8, 2016 Heres a general rule to abide by in Venice: If you dont get lost, youre not doing it right. Even visitors with a GPS-like sense of direction will  The most visited city in the world was in 2014 throughout the city Hon... read more »

Rare Sundog Over Kazan

Rare Sundog Over Kazan Source: UPI KAZAN, Russia, March 17 (UPI) A rare optical illusion giving the appearance of three suns in the sky was caught on camera over a Russian city where ice crystals gathered in the atmosphere. The video shows what appears to be three suns in the sky over the city More Rare Sundog OverKazan read more »

East or West your New Russian Home will always ...

Originally posted on: Pravda There are about 6.32 million American citizens living abroad, of those about 30,000 chose Russia, according to the Association of Americans Resident Overseas. Over the past 20 years, expatriate communities in Russia, mainly in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, have been growing substantially. Americans move to Russia for many reasons: education, employment or More East or West your New Russian Home will always be the Best Or Escaping Liberal Totalitarianism inAmerica read more »

Irving Berlin of “God Bless America” was born i...

He was Unaware of Being Raised in Abject Poverty Little Irving Berlin was born on May 11, 1888, one of eight children of Moses and Lena Lipkin Beilin.  According to his daughter, Mary Ellin Barrett, claimed that his birth city was Tyumen, Siberia. . His father, a cantor in a synagogue, uprooted the family to More Irving Berlin of God Bless America was born inRussia read more »

A Reason to Visit Russia – The Sayan Mountains

One of the Last Untouched Wilderness Areas The Altai-Sayan ecoregion is one of the last remaining untouched areas of the world. The Altai-Sayan Ecoregion situated on the boundary between Siberian taiga forests and Central Asian deserts stands out from its surrounding territories with its unique diversity of animal and plant worlds. See more here. Most More A Reason to Visit Russia The SayanMountains read more »

Why is Putin so Popular in the U.S.?

Why is Putin so Popular in the U.S.? A 2014 Gallup poll showed that only 19% of Americans had a favorable opinion of Russian president Vladimir Putin. At the same time, in MSM articles on Putin one will usually find a fair share of his defenders in the comments section. We noticed the same phenomenon among More Why is Putin so Popular in theU.S.? read more »

Mirror Reflections – Swaziland & Russia

Life in Swaziland Sometimes you just got to let the kids tell the story. We as adults always want to complicate things. Heres what kids like to do in Swaziland. ◊ ◊ Life in Russia And just like kids in Swaziland, kids in Russia like to have their fun too. Just in a little different More Mirror Reflections Swaziland Russia read more »

What is the number one attraction in Constanta ...

Over 70,000 people are expected to arrive in the port of Constanta to fall on different cruise ships. Tourists will meet the old city from the Black Sea, but will be able to visit the Danube Delta and the capital. 83 cruise ships are scheduled to arrive this year in Port Con-stamps. Although there are [] read more »


Friends, It is difficult to blog when I am asleep. And when I was awake, I was either moving, hurting, tweeting, or Studying Russian. THAT language is a bear. Every time I think I am close to getting it, THE Continue reading read more »

Romania ranked first in the list of recommendat...

The following countries from the list of 12 destinations worth visiting are: Madagascar, Iceland, Vietnam, Kyrgyztan, Kiribati, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone Dominican Republic, Norway, Uruguay. Norwegian Gunnar Garfors, which is new media consultant, officially became the youngest passenger who managed to visit during free all the 198 countries by the age of 37 years. [] read more »

The story of Mary, the young PhDs who restores ...

For three decades, an old Soviet plane had lain abandoned in a modest airfield in Siberia. Years of ignorance turned Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-104A aircraft in a wreck. Karmanova Maria, a young history buffs Soviet aviation, and has pledged to restore the disgraced Tupolev. Karmanova, aged 31, holds a doctorate in mathematics and is working on Sobolev Institute [] read more »

Russian Grandma (babushka) gives Obama some Advise

Just found this video and had to share it. This is a little old grandma (babushka) here in Russia that tells Obama what she thinks. For more info see here.Filed under: LIfe in Russia Tagged: Russia, Russian Grandma (babushka) gives Obama some Advise read more »

Top Ten Russian Jokes

10. The Whole System is Broken A plumber is sent to the gulag as a political prisoner. An intellectual asks him, You are a plumber. What could you have possibly done? The plumber replies I was called to the politburo office to check some problem with the sewage pipes. I told them that the whole More Top Ten RussianJokes read more »

Russia, Iran, and China Standing with Syria’s G...

The Whys   The Wise Ideology: Russias key policy goal is blocking American efforts to shape the region. Why is Syria so important to Russia? Russia leases a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus, giving the Russian navy its only direct access to the Mediterranean, Mankoff said. See more information here. President Putin has More Russia, Iran, and China Standing with Syrias Government A Balance ofPower read more »

A Reason to Visit Russia – Niztniy Novgorod – R...

Russias Pocket  In the heartland of Russia, Nizhny Novgorod is the fifth largest city after Moscow and St. Petersburg with approximately 1.25 million people. Its early history begins in the 13th century supporting the Makaryev Fair which became the commercial hub for exporting Russian goods. During soviet times the city was closed to foreign visitors in order More A Reason to Visit Russia Niztniy Novgorod RussiasPocket read more »

The most beautiful places in Finland

Finland, called "land of a thousand lakes", is located in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea has through the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and south of the Gulf of Finland. This country, played for centuries by Sweden and Russian Empire until independence in 1917, attracts many tourists because of troubled history, cultural wealth [] read more »

Environmental Discovery Made at Kazan State Uni...

Discovery of Environmentally Friendly  Catalyst for Industrial Polyethylene Production A researcher at Alexander Butlerov Institute of Chemistry, Kazan Federal University in Russia, Alia Khusnuriyalova has discovered a new environment-friendly catalyst for industrial polyethylene production. The newly discovered catalyst will be helpful in polyethylene production, which is used for transporting gas and oil pipelines, synthetic More Environmental Discovery Made at Kazan StateUniversity read more »

The Help Sign read – Guest Bloggers Wanted

Guest Bloggers Wanted Sometimes it takes backing up a bit and working things out, fine tuning, adjusting and learning a whole new way of putting together a blog. Im sure many of you who have been faithful readers have noticed the changes that have developed here at Life in Russia. I felt after blogging now More The Help Sign read Guest BloggersWanted read more »

Women in the Russian Workplace and Businesses

Women make-up 46% Upper Management Workforce Is Russia A Macho Business Culture? During Soviet times laws were passed that enabled women to be more involved in the workplace. Irrespective of gender all adults worked in society and despite the Wests  traditionally held belief that Russia operates under a macho culture. This simply isnt the [] read more »

The most beautiful rivers in the world

Beauties of nature are sometimes neglected by people who seek to go on holiday to relax by the prolonged rest or fun resort where the party starts in the first days of June and ends just fall. And amateur travel in nature can visit some of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The most [] read more »

Thoughts of an Expat – Humility

Humility  Humility is the solace of dreams not yet dreamed, brought by the nature of a babbling brook speaking softly into the ears of all who will hear.Filed under: LIfe in Russia Tagged: babbling brook, humility, Poetry, Russia, solace of dreams not yet dreamed, Thoughts of an Expat read more »

Some seek An Oasis in the Desert others Seek a ...

I Dreamt a Dream of a Desert called Chara Sands I dreamt in a dream I found a desert surrounded by forests and mountains, I didnt think it was possible. Yet everything in Russia is possible including this. But, you say, Russia is a land of forests and taiga, right? Oh, what you dont know! [] read more »

Russian Special Forces Soldier catches 3 year o...

While a crowd stood by and gawked, a young spetsnaz soldier stepped in to save the life of a young girl in Kazan. Originally posted on: Sputnik News A remarkable incident took place in Kazan, Russia. A spetsnaz soldier caught a girl who had accidentally fallen from fifth floor of a building in the capital of Tatarstan, a republic within Russia. [] read more »

Do you Suffer from Vertigo? – Don’t go to Ai Petri

Ai-Petri. Night, Full Moon. by Denis Belitsky on 500px Okay, So you dont like heights! Neither do I! But youve got to admit the view is incredible. This is Ai-Petri in the Crimean Mountains. The name has Greek origins, and is translated as St. Peter, no not St. Petersburg, that was the previous post. Are [] read more »

A Reason to Visit Russia – St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg timelapse from Georgy Tolstoy on Vimeo. St. Petersburg When we first arrived in St. Petersburg I must honestly admit I thought it was old and dirty. But thats because we arrived at the train station and it wasnt exactly the most beautiful part of town. What was interesting was the longer we were [] read more »

A Reason to Visit Russia – The Trans Siberian R...

If you really want to see Russia and all its beauty The Trans Siberian Railway is a great way to do it. This video shares what words cant speak.Filed under: LIfe in Russia Tagged: Russia, the Trans Siberian Railway, tourism, visiting russia read more »

The Mysterious Baikal seal

Harbor seals, grey seals, elephant seals — these all share a common habitat: the ocean. Baikal seals are among the few seals to live exclusively in freshwater. The only other species of freshwater seals are the couple hundred Saimaa Ringed Seals found in Lake Saimaa in Finland and the few thousand Ladoga Ringed Seals in Lake Ladoga [] read more »

The Protagonist

The Protagonist originally written on Medium  The protagonist stood under the lamp-post lighting his cigarette, he contemplated his next move. Few knew his name and even less had ever seen his face. He could move about freely with a rare occasion that even a single person could ever recall his presence. Yet when he did [] read more »

A Message – Told to a Pilgrim to the Caucasus

We know you do not believe in Religion In August, 1928, Hieromonk Dionysius told the following story to a pilgrim to the Caucasus: Quite recently in the town I come from there was a priest, a difficult man. He liked cards, drank a good deal and was rude towards his parishioners. Punishments from the church [] read more »

The Mystery of Lake Ritsa – An Abkhazian Legend

An Abkhazian Legend The old people told a story which they heard from their grandparents. There was a valley where there is the lake Ritsa now. The people who lived in the valley were rich but very greedy. There lived a widow not far from them. The widow had many children. They were very poor. [] read more »

Mirror Reflections – Bhutan & Russia

If there were ever two countries that are shrouded in mystery it would be these two. But other countries as well have their mysteries, stories, history, and much more. I introduce these two now because its been over a year since I started creating my Mirror Reflections series. It all began when I found two [] read more »

Great Wall of Abkhazia – Shrouded in mystery

The Great Wall of Abkhazia While I was in Abkhazia I learned about the Great Wall or Kelasuri Wall. Iwas very intrigued, weve all heard of the Great Wall of China and Hadrians Wall but a wall in Abkhazia, never! What is truly incredible is the fact that this wall was 160 kilometers long [] read more »

Finding Vitali – An End of a Journey – Part VII...

Finding Vitali A Friendship Begins We were waiting in the city center of Pitsunda looking for a way to get back to our little village, up until this point we had tried to find an inexpensive taxi willing to take us, we had no such luck. Then we found Vitali, he agreed to take [] read more »

A Fascinating Journey to Abkhazia – Part VII – ...

A Fascinating Journey to Abkhazia Ive discovered on this fascinating journey to Abkhazia a land rich in beauty, I felt the heart of the people and warmth of the Abkhaz sun. Yet in everything that Ive shared none of it can compare with the experience, the things that touch the heart, mind, and soul that [] read more »

Photogenic New Athos – Part VI – The Mystically...

New Athos the most photogenic of them all Each place we visited while in Abkhazia was unique, New Athos wasnt any different. New Athosjust happened to be the most photogenic of them all. Here in this photo above I caught the reflection of the restaurant on the water, plus Novy Afons spires balancing with [] read more »

When Life was Simpler – Gals were Gals and Brid...

Девчата / Gals Now this is getting fun, how it happens Im not sure but another fan sent me another Russian movie that I watched and thoroughly enjoyed. But as I watched it I was trying to remember if somewhere in time a movie similar to this was made in the States. I found it, [] read more »

Incredible Waterfalls of Abkhazia – Part IV – T...

Gegskij Waterfalls / Gega Waterfalls At the confluence of  two mountain rivers the Gega and Yupshara there is an incredible phenomenon of Abkhazian nature – the Gegskij/Gega waterfall. It was formed by the river flowing from an underground karst cave through an imperceptible crevice in the rock. It seems that the river is being ejected from [] read more »

Doing the Ritz at Ritsa Lake- Part III of The M...

The Amazing Allure of Ritsa Lake There is a legend about Ritsa Lake, its a beautiful story about Ritsa and her brothers. See more here. The story is gripping and so are the mountains and lake. My first sight of the high mountains enthralled me, I had a vision of the Alps in my mind, [] read more »

Five great train journeys of sleeping

If youre not yet where you want to go on vacation, you want to cross several countries in leisure and do not want to travel by car or by plane, your best option may be a train ride sleeper.   Conditions for travel with trains that have sleepers luxury rivals often from the hotel, and [] read more »

The Mystically Wonderful World of Abkhazia

The Mystically Wonderful World of Abkhazia I think I had a few expectations when planning this trip to Abkhazia. Id seen many photographs and read about the history and justifiably it wouldnt do any good to try to sound grandiloquent describing this wonderful little country since words just wont do it justice. But Im getting [] read more »

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