Most of the information - at least as taught in Russia - related to how Rurik Dynasty became rulers of Rus is based on "Повѣсть времяньныхъ лѣтъ" ("Tale of Bygone Years", aka "Primary Chronicle"). Is ...
On some buildings in Moscow (and other cities in European part of Russia) there are carvings of three interconnected wreaths. For example, some are on the Pushkin Museum building on Prechistenka: ...
Catherine the Great practised remarkable tolerance in an age when cruelty was the norm. Voltaire was a great influence, but I suspect the true cause of Catherine's good nature was her happy affairs ...