About Russian Santa-Claus – Дед Мороз

Ded Moroz (Дед Мороз) or Father Frost, the Slavic version of Santa Claus, long ago became the symbol of Russian winter, New Year’s and presents. He is usually accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka (Снегурочка) riding with an evergreen tree in a traditional Russian troika(тройка), a sleigh drawn by three horses abreast. The original Russian gift-giver was Saint Nicholas,...
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1000 Most Common Russian Words

1000 Most Common Russian Words This page provides the frequency list of 1000 most common Russian words and their English translations. Learning most used words early in your Russian study will have a significant impact on your mastery of the Russian language. According to statistical analysis of contemporary Russian texts, knowing the first thousand of most frequent lemmas will enable you to recognize...
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Potyomkin Stairs in Snow

Odessa Ski Resort :-D
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Russian Preposition ДО

до – until, till, up to, before до + genitive case До свидания! – Goodbye! (literally: Till meeting) До завтра! – See you tomorrow! Мы проболтали до утра. – We talked until morning. До этого она вышивала. - Before that she was embroidering. За полчаса до экзамена у него началась паника....
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Odessa Alphabet

A funny Odessa alphabet by public.od.ua
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Russian language in Ukraine

Russian spreads like wildfires in dry Ukrainian forest by Kyiv Post Staff Relying on a 2011 survey by Kyiv-based Razumkov think tank, the above map shows which parts of Ukraine could adopt Russian as a “regional” language and designates which parts of the country have already done so. © kyivpost The Russian language is swiftly gaining official status as a “regional” language...
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Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia or Ukraine

Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia Sometimes, knowing what NOT to do is even more important if you want to fit in or at least produce a good impression. Read on to find out about ten Russian social taboos. Don’t come to visit empty-handed If you’re invited over for dinner, or just for a visit, don’t come to a Russian house with nothing. What you bring doesn’t really matter...
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Independence Day in Odessa

Odessa celebrated Ukraine’s Independence Day On August 24, Ukraine’s Independence Day was celebrated in Odessa. PICTURE STORY. On August 23 and 24, “Embroidery Festival” dedicated to the 19th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence was taking place at Odessa’s Primorskiy Boulevard. On August 23, “Blue-and-yellow Ukraine” Photo Exhibition and folk masters fair were held at Primorskiy...
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Odessa Day 2.09.2012 Programme

Odessa to celebrate its 218th Birthday on a grand scale Great festive program is dated to Odessa’s 218th Birthday on September 2. It includes rock fest, art exhibitions, music concerts, Polish movies festival, gala concert, grand firework etc. CELEBRATION PROGRAM On September 2, 2012, Odessa City is celebrating her 218th Birthday Great festive program is dated for Odessa’s Birthday. It includes...
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Euro 2012 Fan Zone in Odessa

EURO 2012 fan zone to be introduced in Odessa today Today, on June 21, official EURO 2012 hospitality zone will be introduced at Odessa Sea Station. KIA Fan Fest is the analogue of a fan zone, which is organized for all the football lovers in the cities that are not the hosts of EURO 2012. Such fan zone will be organized in Ukrainian Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Lutsk and Yalta. In Odessa, the hospitality...
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