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Lonely Planet Russia (Country Travel Guide) by Simon Richmond

By Simon Richmond

Lonely Planet RussiaJoin the thunderous applause for the chic ballet dancers within the Bolshoi TheatrePerfect your banya etiquette ahead of becoming a member of during this steamy Russian ritualSurround your self with majestic rugged surroundings as you force around the world's private lakeFeel St Petersburg's modern pulse via clubbing in switched over stables and Soviet factoriesIn This Guide:Nine authors, greater than seven months of study, numerous photographs of vodkaAll new actions bankruptcy and the best way to reduce via pink tape to safe your visaContent up to date day-by-day - stopover at lonelyplanet.com for up to the moment reports, updates and tourist insights

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With a new-found Russian confidence, Grand Prince Dmitry put Moscow at the head of a coalition of princes and took on the Tatars, defeating them in the battle of Kulikovo Pole on the Don River in 1380. For this he became Dmitry Donskoy (of the Don) and was canonised after his death. The Tatars crushed this uprising in a three-year campaign but their days were numbered. Weakened by internal dissension, they fell at the end of the 14th century to the Turkic empire of Timur (Tamerlane), which was based in Samarkand (in present-day Uzbekistan).

The word ‘tsar’, from the Latin caesar, had previously been used only for a great khan or for the emperor of Constantinople. DEAD SOULS: SERFS IN RUSSIA During many centuries of feudalism right up to the turn of the 20th century, Russia had serfs: peasants and servants who were tied to their master’s estates. The value of those estates was determined not by their size or output but by the number of such indentured souls. Before the 1500s peasants could work for themselves after meeting their master’s needs, and had the right to change homes and jobs during the two weeks around 26 November, St George’s Day, when the annual harvest was complete.

In the former book, the ‘anti-tourist’ author puts Kalmykia, Tatarstan, Mary-El and Udmurtia under the microscope. In the latter, Kalder goes underground in Moscow, hangs out with an exorcist and extends his travels into Siberia to meet the religious prophet Vissarion (Click here). com) by Simon Roberts depicts in inspirational words and stark pictures the photographer’s year-long journey from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad. Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia after the Fall by Andrew Meier is acutely observed and elegiac.

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