Fancy yourself an expert in Russian cuisine just because you've tried borsch? What about something more unusual for western taste buds? For example, can you distinguish khrenovukha from vodka? Let's take a look.
Can you guess the dishes in these photos?
The Tsar Cannon actually deserves its pompous name—it is the biggest cannon in the world. This piece of royal artillery was built to defend the Kremlin, and it has been located there for more than four hundred years. There are rumors that the cannon has never been fired, but this is not true.
The traditional lace handicraft of the Russian North has survived many upheavals. From ornamentation on 19th century festive clothing to portraits of Soviet leaders, the famous Vologda lace is widely used by Russian designers. Even young ladies today want to learn how to make it!
Fifty-five years ago, English writer and linguist Anthony Burgess published A Clockwork Orange, a novel that follows the story of “ultra-violent” teenage protagonist, Alex. Written in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, the book was written using a Russian-influenced slang called “Nadsat” to give what was perceived at the time to be a totalitarian, dystopian feel. Russia Beyond is here to help you make sense of ten of the most frequently used words.