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My Mother Left Russia With Rags on Her Feet - Part Two

Sandra Sallin | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Sallin

On one hand, I vividly remembered my mother's sad stories. On the other hand, I was looking forward to enjoying the art and majesty of Imperial Russia. This was a personal conflict that I would experience during my entire visit.

Paula Witthaus, St. Pete Advocate and Activist for the Needyand Marginalized, Slain and Truly Missed

Gary Stein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

When I introduced myself, every part of her face smiled at me from her eyes to her chin. My column is meant to raise Paula to the high level that she deserved.

My Mother Escaped Russia With Rags on her Feet

Sandra Sallin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Sallin

She left with her family In the middle of the winter of 1917 and walked across frozen rivers, frozen lakes, across Poland and Germany to Holland. Throughout her life, she told me that the meal of bread and milk she was given in Holland, was the most delicious meal she had ever eaten

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

Slow Boat to Moscow

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 01.19.2015 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

I recently cruised the Viking Waterways of the Czars excursion from St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on this, the largest fleet of river vessels in the world.

The Prettiest Holiday Instagram Spot

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 12.12.2013 | Travel

Some places just look prettier on Instagram than in regular photos. We'll have to hand it to St. Petersburg, Russia-- the city is already pretty c...

Did Russia Spy On G20 Leaders With Teddy Bears?

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

ROME/MOSCOW, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Russia has denied reports that its intelligence services spied on hundreds of foreign delegates at a Group of 20 sum...

Gay Rights Advocates Fight Opponents In Violent Protest

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2013 | Gay Voices

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Police arrested 67 people after a fight broke out between gay rights activists and their opponents at a de...

From Russia With Cheer: Queer Festival a Major Success in Saint Petersburg

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Long before the world and Vladimir Putin had discovered Pussy Riot, the main global campaign for persecuted artists in Russia focused on freeing Voina. Then things got worse.

Market Scenes in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

While St. Petersburg has lots of earthshaking turnstile sights, simply visiting a neighborhood market is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable ex...

A Trendy St. Petersburg Park -- Courtesy of a Shadowy Benefactor

Rick Steves | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Back in the 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed, the ownership of Russia passed from the state to the people through a well-intended but chaotic sys...

Sightseeing in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

I was so impressed by the sightseeing in St. Petersburg that my filming plans were bumped up a notch. Before my visit I had thought "to express my fru...

You Know You've Been in Russia Too Long When...

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Steve Caron opened the first youth hostel in Russia in the early 1990s. I visited him back then and it was fun to visit again. Today, St. Petersburg h...

Snapshots from St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.20.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Trish and I went through the formalities on our ship so we could leave it in St. Petersburg, before the cruise ended in Copenhagen. We then caught a t...

The Expensive Reality of Russia's Tourist Visas

Rick Steves | Posted 11.19.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Unfortunately, Russia still requires a visa for tourists. It's expensive ($170-$250), you have to answer a slew of probing questions, and you're essen...

Jumping Ship in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.18.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Rather than see Tallinn (which I had recently visited) and spend another day at sea returning to Copenhagen, Trish and I jumped ship in St. Petersburg...

Columbus, Here I Come..!

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I just returned from a short trip to a city that, to be honest, I knew very little about. So why did I bother? Out of the blue, I received an invita...

Putin Schools Obama: From Russia With Love

William Bradley | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

I'm baffled by what Obama is doing and have been for more than a week. If he had determined to attack, which I think is highly questionable strategy, he should have done it right away, fast and hard. The U.S. Navy had the ships on station to carry out the strikes.

Obama Opens Final Day Of G-20 Talks

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Touting economic progress at the Group of 20 summit, President Barack Obama said the nation's economic powers no longer...

Syria Overshadows Economy As Leaders Meet For G-20 Summit

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — They're supposed to be talking about growth and money, but the threat of war in Syria is creeping into nearly every con...

Obama Arrives In Russia For G20 Summit

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- President Barack Obama is heading into the lion's den of Russia, confronting ...

Olga Peretyatko: A Nightingale Soars Among the Stars

Simon Hewitt | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

An impish, witty, self-deprecating girl with twinkling hazelnut eyes is sending gusts of fresh air whooshing through the opera world. Her flight to the top has been a libretto in its own right.

LOOK: Police Seize Sexy Putin Painting

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

By Liza Dobkina ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Police seized a painting of Russia's president and prime minister in women's...

Week 3 of the Mongol Diaries in Pictures - Road Trip Through Russia

Diana Lee | Posted 10.23.2013 | Travel
Diana Lee

Thinking back to Day 1 of our supposed 10,000 mile road trip, when our vehicle - good ol' Betsy - unexpectedly broke down, we had to toy with myriad possibilities of how we could make it to Russia (Mongolia suddenly seemed too far-fetched).

Off the Grass and Into the Galleries: St. Petersburg's White Night of Art

Simon Hewitt | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

In 2004, St. Petersburg laid scant claim to being a center for contemporary art. But much has since changed, with the advent of a clutch of dynamic galleries and new museum venues showcasing both domestic and international art.