Tag Archives: Russian Studies

Ashby Gaines/Researching The Aurora Movie Theater (July 20)

My research project here in St. Petersburg is centered around the Aurora Movie Theater. The Aurora Theater opened in 1913 and is located on Nevskii Prospekt. The Aurora is an incredible theater for many reasons- it was the first movie … Continue reading

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Megan Donesky/My Research Project: Nevsky Prospekt (July 19)

Nevsky is to St. Petersburg what Times Square is to New York. It’s the main street where everything is happening. Every other vehicle is a tour bus packed with retirees with their cameras at the ready. And while the buildings … Continue reading

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The William and Mary Day in St. Petersburg (July 18)

Today we got a little bit homesick and decided to hold a William and Mary day.  Those of us who had their William and Mary t-shirts ready put them on and we took a picture on the bank of St. … Continue reading

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Share Taxi in St. Petersburg (July 15)

To get to the university you can take a bus, a trolley or a share taxi called marshrutka. The share taxi takes passengers on a fixed route and cost only 25 rubles per ride (about 1 US dollar).  The marshrutkas … Continue reading

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The Imaginary-Professional Adventures of Monika at KinoForum

Sporting a laminated and lanyard-ed visitors pass around my neck, I caught the elevator up to the fifth floor of the Hotel Europa, here in St. Petersburg. The ballroom from which I am writing is the headquarters for the 2011 … Continue reading

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Dunkin’ Donuts and Deal Making: A Moscow Minute

This past weekend was a whirlwind tour of the biggest, and my new favorite, city in Europe: Moscow. Rather than giving you a full minute-by-minute overview, however, I want to tell my Dunkin’ story.

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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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