Author Archives: Sasha Prokhorov

July 8th: Two Holidays to Celebrate :)

One of us has a birthday today.  Sophie Kosar turned 19 and we went to our favorite Russian pies restaurant Stollie to celebrate the occasion.  С днём рождения Софи 🙂

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Today We Are Visiting Fedor, Rodion, and Sonia (July 7)

Every city has famous literary addresses.  In St. Petersburg the most famous are those associated with Fedor Dostoyevsky and his best known novel Crime and Punishment. Marina Uvarova, one of the researchers from the Museum of Dostoevsky, led our tour … Continue reading

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When you’re smiling (July 7th) :)

When you’re smilin’….keep on smilin’ The whole world smiles with you 🙂

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We are becoming Kremlinologists (July 2)

During the Cold War there was such a job: a kremlinologist.  Because Western  scholars did not have access to the inside workings of the Kremlin, they tried to infur the changes in Soviet power by observing the changes in the … Continue reading

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Meeting a WM alum in Moscow (July 2)

On July 3rd we had lunch with Erin Alpert, a WM alum who currently is doing her research in Moscow.  Erin graduated from William and Mary in 2007 with a major in Russian Studies.  Since then she got her MA … Continue reading

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The French Know How for the Moscow Olympics (July 1-3)

In Moscow we stayed at the hotel Kosmos.  It was built by the French for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.  The French connection is perhaps the reason why in 2005 Russians erected a monument to Charles de Gaulle  in front … Continue reading

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A Photograph Everyone Takes in Moscow (1 July)

Everyone who comes to Moscow takes a picture on the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.  We decided to follow the trend and asked an old man hanging out at the Red Square to take a picture of … Continue reading

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A Short Week in the Classroom and a Long Week of Travel (27 June)

I like this picture of the building where we are having our classes.  This week we will spend only four days at the university.  On Friday morning we are heading to Moscow.  We will have a weekend full of adventures: … Continue reading

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Lunch at a Restaurant co-owned by a Willam and Mary Alum (26 June)

After the ballet at the Mariinsky we stopped by a restaurant across the street from the Mariinsky Theater.  It was about 3 pm. and we went for a late lunch there.  As it turns out, the restaurant is co-owned by … Continue reading

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Our Tour Guide at the Hermitage Museum (23 June)

Every year William and Mary hires a tutor for the Russian House from St. Petersburg University.  The very first tutor we hired in 2002 was Natasha Sokolova who at that point in history was a PhD student at the English … Continue reading

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