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Choreographers, musicians, artists, and others formed a cohesive dance company that became the Ballet Russes. Russian ballet would never be the same. The creation and...

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Eastern Orthodoxy came to Kievan Rus by way of Constantinople, when Prince Vladimir chose the Orthodox religion over Paganism and founded St. Sophia. Kievan Rus...

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By 1999, Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky had everything a man could want. He had fancy cars, extravagant homes, the finest wines, and best of...

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In 1899, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was preparing for the arrival of her third child. This time, Russia anxiously awaited an heir. Relatives ardently prayed...

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Anastasia – A Century’s Mystery

In the autumn of 1900, the Tsar fell terribly ill with typhoid fever. Torn by worries for her husband, Alix was suddenly put face...
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