U.S.A. Wins the Gold!

On February 24, 1980, at Lake Placid in upstate New York, the United States Olympic Hockey Team defeated Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal. The U.S. team had beat the team from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) two nights previously in a game since called the “Miracle on Ice.” The final rankings were based on points accumulated in matches against the other … Continue reading U.S.A. Wins the Gold!

Детский музыкальный театр / Natalya Sats Musical Theatre

The Natalya Sats Musical Theater (Детский музыкальный театр), formally known as the Moscow State Academic Children’s Music Theater (Московский государственный академический детский музыкальный театр), is a theater specializing in opera, ballet and dramatic productions for children. The world’s first professional theater for children, it is perhaps best known internationally as the birthplace of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The theatre takes great pride in … Continue reading Детский музыкальный театр / Natalya Sats Musical Theatre

Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles

On January 16, 1547, at age sixteen, Ivan the Terrible was crowned with Monomakh’s Cap at the Cathedral of the Dormition (Успенский Собор — Uspensky sobor) in Moscow. He was the first to be crowned as Tsar of All the Russias, hence claiming the ancestry of Kievan Rus’. Prior to that, rulers of Muscovy were crowned as Grand Princes, although Ivan III the Great, his grandfather, … Continue reading Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles

Establishment of the USSR

On December 30, 1922, the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR (Договор об образовании СССР) and the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR were confirmed by the 1st Congress of the Soviets of the USSR and signed by the heads of plenipotentiary delegations from the Russian SFSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR, forming the Union of Soviet Socialist … Continue reading Establishment of the USSR

Russian Federation – Postcrossing (2016)

Before I start today’s account of the Russian Federation’s history and the stamp pictured above, I’d like to mention a few things on the personal side. I’ve had a life-long interest in all things Russian. Part of that stems from my own adoptive family’s history as it’s legend that my German ancestors were given land in the region that now constitutes the Ukraine and that … Continue reading Russian Federation – Postcrossing (2016)

Kyrgyzstan #B8 (1995)

Kyrgyzstan #B8 (1995)

Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан in Kyrgz, Киргизия in Russian), officially the Kyrgyz Republic (Кыргыз Республикасы — Kırgız Respublikası in Kyrgyz, Кыргызская Республика — Kyrgyzskaya Respublika in Russian), formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Kyrgyzstan is farther from the sea than … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan #B8 (1995)