A Very Russian Temperament

A Very Russian Temperament by Harriet Buckley, Russian and Czech:- Despite the fact that I studied Russian for the majority of my time at school and then at university, I had never actually been to Russia until my year abroad and had never met any “real” Russians. Sometimes people in the UK are too quick…

War and Pissed

by Marianna Hunt, Russian – A Tale of the Love between a Nation and Distilled Ethanol In fair Kievan Rus, we lay our scene in 980, with Prince Vladimir and the very dawn of the Russian nation. Vladimir, the new leader, decided to symbolically cement the uniting of Russia with the adoption of a common…

Roubles aren’t worth peanuts almonds

by Lewis Spring, Russian and French –    A few months ago, in early October, I was engaged in a delicate trade with a very enthusiastic Caucasian fruit-seller at the market in Yaroslavl, who was enthusiastically advertising his nuts and berries. I was sure that only a few hundred grams of dried fruit would be…

A Hunt Around Russia

by Marianna Hunt, Russian and French   Condensed milk contention, EU sanctions, and getting in a pickle: the Russian food predicament. As a result of the EU sanctions, food prices, as my babushka never fails to remark at each and every meal time, are rising, and fast. Between her wistful recollections of Soviet meat prices,…