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Russian and Soviet history and culture is chalk-full of incredible, devastating, and beautiful events that will make you constantly want to learn more. Get an idea of the historical landscape with these posts below to give you a cultural insight into the Russian mentality.

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Sots Art examples at the Zimmerli Museum

Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum

The Zimmerli Museum is an art museum near Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey which holds the largest collection of Soviet Nonconformist art in the U.S. The Zimmerli is free for the public, and includes two floors dedicated to Russian art. The collections span several art movements to give visitors historical context, but focuses […]

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central Asia

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Pssst - Where are the rest?

As of right now, I have not hit my goal of traveling to all 15 former Soviet republics - I'm a working girl, cut me some slack! In the meantime, however, I am doing a ton of research to plan these future trips. Interested in seeing what online resources I use to create an itinerary to ensure my travels are educational, thorough, and, most important of all, safe?

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