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Stay cool as a cucumber and you will win the World Cup, the clear message conveyed by the tournament final. Is it all that simple?

If we just lower our expectations and do not swell so much we may get more optimistic on the matter.

In the evening, the most romantic place is the park of Karelian birches, leading up to the mountain.

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" once ventured William Shakespeare in his Sonnet 18, and we, alike, will dare to speculate on summers beauty as reflected in our souls.

The Russians seem to be on the cutting edge of space exploration, and in many other abstract, academic fields of endeavour, but are far behind in terms of simple consumer-oriented things and convenient gadgets

The recent spate of allegedly racially motivated attacks on foreigners and people of non-Russian origins have been much in the spotlight of mass media, not only Russian, but Western as well. But is it a real danger and challenge for modern Russia?

The place feels so luxurious and yet so simple that the only explanation I can think of is that in the 16-17th centuries the wives of Russian tsars were exiled here.


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