Russiapedia
Compass Translation Award from RT partners
The Crimean Peninsula, Black Sea

19 April

On April 19, 1783, Russian Empress Catherine the Great issued a decree annexing the Crimean peninsula to the Russian Empire and granting Russia access to the Black Sea. From that time Crimea was an integral part of the Russian Empire and, later, of the Soviet Union.…

Go to On this day

Previous day Next day

Peter Carl Faberge

Peter Carl Faberge was a world famous master jeweler and head of the ‘House of Faberge’ in Imperial Russia in the waning days of the Russian Empire.

Go to Foreigners in Russia

RT.com / RT projects / Russiapedia / Basic facts about Russia / Official state holidays

Basic facts about Russia: Official state holidays

8 state holidays
January 1 — New Year´s Day
January 7 — Christmas
February 23 — Defender of the Motherland Day
March 8 — International Women’s Day
May 1 — Labour Day
May 9 — Victory Day
June 12 — Russia Day
November 4 — National Unity Day
Get to know the biggest country: