It is the country that was the homeland of some of the most famous people in history – from grand statesmen to composers to scientists and writers – Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, Mendeleev, Pavlov, Malevich, Pavlova, Gagarin, Lenin, Gorbachev.
The very word ‘Russia’ can conjure up images of the grand Russian Empire and the USSR, the Russian ballet, the matryoshka doll and the fur hat, Faberge eggs, ice hockey, and synchronized swimming.
It is the land with the history of many centuries; generous and hospitable, and always happy to open its heart to visitors!
The Matryoshka is the most popular and traditional Russian Souvenir loved by all. Matryoshka – are wooden toys in the form of painted dolls of decreasing size kept one inside another. Originally, the dolls were painted in the image of peasant girls in their traditional costumes, with the themes from fairy tale characters.
Traditional Matryoshka are considered a symbol of Russian beauty, motherhood and fertility.
The imperial porcelain factory was founded in 1744 in St. Petersburg under the decree of the daughter of Peter the Great, Empress Elizabeth and became the first porcelain entity in Russia and the third in Europe.
Today, one of the oldest manufacturers, produce unique handmade porcelain products for true connoisseurs
Caviar is a gastronomic symbol of Russia. In Russia’s thirteen seas, caviar is considered to be gold. Red caviar is harvested from Salmon, while the more expensive Black caviar comes from Sturgeon.
Dishes with caviar on the dinner table is considered to be a sign of prosperity. During important festivals, it is tradition to serve red or black caviar sandwiches. The unique taste of Caviar makes it the queen of festive feast.
What is Russia without Vodka? With 40% content of alcohol, Vodka is the traditional Russian alcoholic beverage. The main advertizing slogan is “Vodka from Russia is genuine vodka!"
It is the traditional winter cap which keeps the head of many a Russian warm during strong cold weather. At the beginning of the 20th century, such caps were included in the package of regimentals of the navy, army and police officers. Eventually, this model of a cap won popularity among the ordinary population and today, shapka-ushanka are not only a fashionable headdress, but also one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia.
Khokhloma or Khokhloma painting is the name of a Russian wood painting handicraft style and national ornament, known for its vivid flower patterns, red and gold colors over a black background, and the effect it has when applied to wooden tableware or furniture, making it look heavier and metal-like.
Palekh miniatures – intricately- designed and hand- painted on small objects made out of papier-mâché. Gzhel – a style of Russian ceramics that takes its name from the village in which it originated, and is predominantly produced. It consists of traditionally white earthenware painted with distinctive blue designs.
Russian don’t smile a lot, but when they smile, they do it sincerely and truly.
Russians are very hospitable. There is a special Russian habit: staying far into the night in the kitchen and talking “about life” as they call it.
Russians like to celebrate, they use each opportunity to invent a new reason to celebrate and to entertain their colleagues, be it a birthday, a wedding or an upward move in career. Holidays always come along with a jolly feast.
Many Russians prefer to spend their vacations or free time in their summer country houses, which are called “dacha”. They cook shashlyki (barbeque) at dacha.
Russians like sitting in Sauna and dipping into
Not all citizens are fluent in English, but they will try to help you in most cases.
Russians are generous.
Russians are used to difficulties, they are patient.
Russians often lay their business aside, and then they keep their fingers crossed.
The country is multinational, so they respect other ethnicities and religions.
Russians like fishing, hunting, picking mushrooms and berries, loading them in stores for the winter.
Russians think that “You cannot understand Russia with your mind”.