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Is the Rise of the Dacha the Fall of Communism?

The Dacha is one of the most iconic Russian terms, alongside matryoshka dolls and cheburashka. If you begin to study Russian, it will be one of the first words you will learn, as it is scattered across beginners text and workbooks. So what exactly is a dacha? According to Websters’s dictionary its “a Russian country cottage used …

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The Yakutian Laika Dog

In 1910 Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii ventured out into the Ural Mountains and captured this picture of the so-called “Guard Dogs”.  I hope that Prokudin-Gorskii was being facetious with that title because those dogs do not look particularly interested in guarding anything. The dogs depicted in the picture are Yakutian Laika dogs which are commonly found within the region surrounding …

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