Anecdotal Russian history says Vladimir was leaning towards Islam, but when the Ambassadors revealed the teetotaler clause in the fine print of the Koran, Vladimir gravely shook his head, proclaiming, “Drink is the great joy of the Russian people!” So he chose Eastern Orthodoxy instead.
In 1991, HRH and I were not living lives that were destined or designed to intersect. I was traveling the world as a free-lance tour guide and he was settling down to life in a military dormitory as a young 2nd Lieutenant in the Red Army.
I was interested to read, recently that Peter The Great was not weaned until he was two years old, which, for me, explains volumes.
Today’s holiday affords a timely reminder to any tempted to stray from the bosom of the family, what an awfully big mistake that would be. Take Anna Karenina for example…
This is Russian Midsummer, with all the same accompanying mischief, magic, and misdemeanors, as anywhere else in the world. So, we’ll be expecting wild sexual midnight revels; naked bathing, bonfires, and all that will all make a nice change from Anna Chapman.
Amongst modern historians, there are two schools of thought on this “it was a complete surprise, we had absolutely no idea they were coming” theory about the Nazi invasion of Russia on June 22, 1941.
When a Russian is trying to get something out of you, they automatically make whatever they are asking for a diminutive and insert the adjective “nimnogo” or “not much” so you get a request for…”a teeny weeny advancechick on the salariula,”