For 150 years the railway line between Moscow and St Petersburg ran as straight as an arrow for 403 miles. Straight, but for one big bend near Novgorod. The story goes that Tsar Nicholas was so fed up of officials dithering over the route that he plonked a ruler on the map and drew a straight line between the two cities, accidentally drawing around his finger in the process. Too terrified to point out his error, the builders constructed the railway with the Tsar's bump in place.
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Thursday 03 January 2013
A bid to crowd-fund an eaterie where people can enjoy tea and cuddles with cats is gathering momentum
Sunday 30 December 2012
Anna Karenina brushed aside by a streetcar
Friday 21 December 2012
‘I love the relaxed attitude in Norway’
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Boris Strugatsky and his older brother Arkady, who died in 1991, were the Soviet Union's best-known science-fiction writers and, from the early 1970s, gained an international reputation as their work was regularly translated into English. Their Noon Universe is the setting for 10 novels and various offshoot works, written over a quarter of a century, while other stories were adapted for the cinema, most notably Tarkovsky's Stalker.
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Pussy Riot’s Moscow church protest, which resulted in a two-year prison sentence for members of the punk group, was motivated by a desire to create controversy to boost their careers, Russia’s leading conductor has suggested.
'We're not racists': Zenit St Petersburg fan group against black and gay players joining Russian champions
Monday 17 December 2012
The largest fan group of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg have demanded the club refrain from buying black and gay players following turmoil surrounding the acquisition of Brazil striker Hulk.
Russian prosecutors launch investigation into whether Jake and Dinos Chapman exhibition breached extremism laws
Friday 07 December 2012
Russian prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether an installation by the British artists, Jake and Dinos Chapman, exhibited at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum is in breach of the country’s extremism laws.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Zenit St Petersburg's record signing Hulk has threatened to quit the Russian club following a heated exchange with coach Luciano Spalletti during Tuesday's Champions League win at AC Milan.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Four UK cities are among Europe's top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Friday 02 November 2012
'Cornwall is the land of legends, sea mists, sand dunes and surf'
Thursday 01 November 2012
The French actor Gérard Depardieu is to star in a drama penned by the daughter of Uzbekistan’s brutal dictator, according to reports.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Moscow's time is running out - St Petersburg's renovation has brought the city a renewed sense of dignity and civic pride
Friday 05 October 2012
An 11 year-old Russian boy made one of the discoveries of the century when he stumbled across the remains of a 30,000-year-old woolly mammoth, the New Scientist reports.
Monday 20 August 2012
A group of Russian activists has sued Madonna for millions of pounds, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St Petersburg.
Wednesday 15 August 2012
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland relives the glory of the reign of Catherine the Great of Russia. It's a splendid show with some breathtaking pieces, says Adrian Hamilton
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