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My road trip around Russia’s Golden Ring: Part 3

Kostroma is a charming little city of about 300,000 on the Volga River that has the feeling of a colonial American town. It is the kind of small city tucked in at the confluence of two rivers where the tallest structures are church steeples and a fire observation watchtower. It was before that watchtower in the very heart of the historic city center that I was enthusiastically greeted by scores...

My road trip around Russia’s Golden Ring: Part 2

As I entered the city of Yaroslavl, I noticed a fairly large recreational beach along the Volga River. Having spent my last years in the United States living in California, I am naturally drawn to beaches – even if they are along a river instead of an ocean. With the exception of Russia’s Black Sea shores, spacious stretches of soft sand running along a body of water are somewhat uncommon in...

My road trip around Russia’s Golden Ring: Part 1

Last week under a dark, overcast sky, I set out for a week-long road trip to visit the towns and cities of Russia’s Golden Ring – a theme-route that takes you through a handful of cities northeast of Moscow that were part of ancient Rus and played an important role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. View this post on Instagram Мы отправились в путешествие на машине и наши первые...

Briefly about the COVID-19 situation in Russia

Most of the discussion about the COVID-19 epidemic in Russia and most countries has focused on a the number of new cases of Coronavirus per day, the total number of Coronavirus cases, the number of tests done, the number of people who recovered from the virus infection, and the unfortunate number of people who did not. Since Russia instituted its nationwide lockdown in the final days of March and...

Measures taken by Moscow to stop COVID-19 so far appear to be working

Quarantine vs. Self-isolation On March 30, 2020 self-isolation orders went into effect in the Russian capital. These orders aimed to keep as many people home and off the streets as possible in order to avoid further spread of the disease. As part of these orders, President Putin announced a non-work week that was to last until April 6. It would later be extended to April 30. On that day there...

Putin’s second national address on COVID-19

President Putin just addressed the nation for a second time regarding COVID-19, just eight days after a nationwide address where he, among other things, announced nationwide, paid non-working days as a measure to keep people home during the Coronovirus edipemic. In his new address, which began at 4:55 PM Moscow time, President Putin: Gave praise and thanks to doctors and medical professionals and...

Ten new measures Russia is taking in response to COVID-19

Russian President Putin just addressed the nation regarding new economic measures being taken by the government in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. In his address, he made the following declarations: The national referendum on amendments to the Russian Constitution scheduled for April 22 has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced. The amendments to the Constitution, if...

I visited Samara after 12 years and left with a new impression

This past weekend I visited Samara for the first time in twelve years. In the early spring of 2008, I left Samara unimpressed and excited to start a new adventure in Kazan, a city about 150 miles north along the Volga. This trip to Samara made me realize how little I explored the place back then. Although I lived there for about six months from 2007-2008, I had only visited the city embankment...

This week I will visit Samara for the first time since 2008

This week I will return to the Russian city of Samara first time in 12 years. Samara is a city on the Volga River some five hundred miles southeast of Moscow. It is the first Russian city I called home and I lived there for about six months in 2007-2008. But it wasn’t the first city in Russia I ever visited. My first experience in Russia was actually in Saint Petersburg in the summer of...

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