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Brat | Hero of Post Soviet Russia

The first decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union made way for a free-for-all of massive proportions in Russia. Crime and poverty were predominant in the cityscape and laws seemed to have lost their meaning entirely. But, even when times were harsh and the world seemed full of villains, there was still one hero in the city of Saint Petersburg. His name is Danila, a young guy with the

Bronze Horseman Statue

The Bronze Horseman is for those who are familiar with Russian literature a common understanding. The statue comes to life in Pushkin’s poem about Saint Petersburg and chases the poor main character after he became delirious. If you haven’t read the poem and you’re interested in Russia, you definitely should read it. English translations can be found on the internet, so you don’t need to rack your brains on the

Viktor Tsoi

Viktor Tsoi | Pioneer of Russian Rock

As mentioned in our previous post about Brat, the Soviet era was a harsh period in the Russian history. People wished for reforms, but no one was brave enough to speak up publicly. This changed from 1962 onward, when a young rebel was born in the city of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). His name was Viktor Tsoi. He was perhaps the most influential musician of the past five decades in

Kunstkamera Museum

The Kunstkamer (the left building on the photo) is one of those places you shouldn’t visit if you’re faint hearted. The things exhibited here go way beyond your fascination. Anything abnormal and absurd has been stored here for many years to come. In the 18th century it wasn’t uncommon for emperors to have a broad collection of rarities and Peter the Great certainly wasn’t an exemption. Driven by his love