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Nikolay Vlasik

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On December 16, 1952, head of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's security, General Nikolay Vlasik, was arrested for high treason. …

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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.

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Of Russian origin: Kolbasa and Baba Yaga

Varezhki Varezhki Mittens, which were brought to Russia by Varyags, the warlords of Scandinavia. Cosmonaut Cosmonaut Soviet, and now Russian word for what the English-speaking countries call an austronaut. KGB KGB The all-powerful and all-feared "Ministry of Love" of the Soviet Union, otherwise also known as the Committee of State Security. AK-47 combat rifle AK-47 combat rifle The Guiness World Records winner, this automatic assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1949 is still the most widely used weapon in the world. Avoska Avoska The easy to fold net bag popular during the Soviet times. Snegurochka Snegurochka Russian Santa's gorgeous and virtuous granddaughter, who accompanies him on his New Year parties and helps him interact with children. Kvas Kvas Non-alcoholic drink similar to beer, made from grain and yeast, and sweet taste. Khokhloma Khokhloma Wooden kitchenware, colored in a special pattern of red and gold. Nowadays rarely used for it's original purpose, it makes an outstanding souvenir. Cossacks Cossacks People living in settlements along the southern border of the Russian Empire, who in exchange for their independent living helped protect the country from enemies. Baba Yaga Baba Yaga The classic wicked witch of the Russian fairy tales. Ded Moroz Ded Moroz Father Frost, the Russian Santa Claus. Pelmeni Pelmeni The Russian version of meat dumplings. Valenki Valenki Felt winter boots worn in Russia for centuries. Babushka Babushka Russian babushka is not only a granny, but also an endless source of inspiration for tale characters, sayings and folk art. Banya Banya Originally banya is a steam bath with a stove. Nowadays any type of bath or sauna is called banya in Russia and other former USSR countries. Salo Salo One of the most tasty and healthy treats in Russian culinary tradition, salo, is a low-meat high-fat salted companion often used to chase with Vodka. Oladushki Oladushki Oladushki are one of two types of pancakes known to Russian cuisine; they are the thicker ones – the other being the thinner crepe-like blini. Herring under fur coat Herring under fur coat New Year celebrations are loved the world over. But there are many subtle variants which differentiate one nation’s celebrations from another’s.