Russia and Rus culture and history

"Killer Icon" Removed from St. Petersburg's Hermitage

Pravda: A "biofield" surrounding an icon housed in the Hermitage Museum caused weakness, headaches and high blood pressure, leading to the artwork's removal from public display.

Documents Show Medieval Russia Through the Eyes of a Child

Hundreds of birchbark drawings dating from the 11th through 15th centuries have given a new insight into life in medieval Russia. Among the documents are a number of children's drawings.

Re-enactors Stage Siege of Orleans in the Ukraine

Hundreds of history buffs recreate a battle from the Hundred Years War over a weekend in the Ukraine.

St. Basil's Cathedral on Shaky Ground

Following a three-year restoration of St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow's most recognizable landmark, experts say that it may be necessary to strengthen the foundation to keep the building from collapsing.

Medieval Treasures Added to UN's Heritage Sites

Of the 24 new sites added to UNESCO's list of heritage sites, several date to medieval times.

Russian Ethnologist Discusses the Role of the Spindle in Folklore

Svetlana Zhulnickova, who works for the Russian open air museum Karelia, has spent many years researching traditional Russian practices and how they affect folklore. In 1999, she gave a lecture on the use of the spindle in world folklore.

Russian and Slavic Research Material Available

Dame Aoife has done extensive research on sources for Slavs and Rus during the medieval time period. Her annoted links are now available.

"The Legacy of Genghis Khan" Exhibit in Los Angeles

An exhibit, "The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia 1256-1353," will be at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art April 13-July 27, 2003. Offers Authentic Russian Recipes

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