This site is our response to everyone who has ever asked us what Russia is like, and for anyone who might have never wondered, but should have. It’s an attempt to put into words Russia as we see it; our go at explaining that big old riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, that in fact, never went away. It’s about understanding the views, opinions and psyche of a nation that hits our headlines daily, without many of us ever really knowing why. And ultimately, it’s about providing a picture of Russia, as seen first-hand by two people, who think that although the journey they’re on to try and understand this country might never end, the process itself is worth sharing.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Dobra pozhalovat... or Welcome!

Photo: Igor Starkov - "Vladikavkaz"
We’re bringing you news from the eastern… blog. Russia as it looks from within, and the rest of the world as it looks from Russia. There’s going to be their opinions, our opinions and experiences worth sharing. We’ll pass through the timeless, well-known stereotypes: queues, beetroot soup, fur hats and of course snow… lots of it. On the way we’ll encounter some new ones: the fear of the unpolished shoe, the omnipresent “VIP”, “facecontrol” and of course mayonnaise… lots of it. And then, gradually, the real Russia appears in all her complexity; a nation, made up of hearts and minds that have something to say, but that in the West we don’t always hear. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry and we’ll learn a lot. And hopefully that’s when we’ll begin to see both sides of the story.

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