nizhni novgorod


When Katya of Nizhny Novgorod oblast was a little child she was very happy one. She had mother that adored her. But when Katya was six her mother died. Katya was left with a father that had mental health and alcohol problems. When she was 15 years old Katya was placed in an orphanage because the child service staff decided that her father can’t take care of her. Katya was creating a lot of troubles for staff and other kids. She would cut her veins often and beat up other kids. She was very unhappy in the place and wanted to come back home to her father.  She even started to visit psychiatrist to deal with her aggression and other problems. But it was too late. On cold night of 5th February, 2017 15-year-old Katya strangled 7-year-old Vera (third picture) that was known as a very kind and ideal child. Katya was arrested. She didn’t confess to the murder.


It was on the headdress - the kokoshniki, the kikas, povyoniki, the crowns and the diadems - that the most thought was bestowed. The headdress was of greatest importance because by tradition a married woman had to hide her hair from strangers´ eyes. The long plaits of a Russian woman were her pride; the greatest treasure of a Russian maiden was a single, long plait intertwined with ribbons down her back. So important was the Russian plait that it figures over and over again in song and tale; an old wedding song begins “The young man with the black curls sits at the table and asks: Fair Russian plait, it is true that you are really mine at last?” Married women wore a closed cap and maidens a flowered scarf kerchief or a hoop or diadem leaving the top of her head open. The change of hairdo and headdress at a Russian wedding was accompanied by special ritual and lamentations. The single plait was carefully rebraided by the bride´s female relatives and close friends into two braids.

Kokoshniki varied from region to region in a whole variety of picturesque and poetic shapes. They were peaked like diadems or round and high like crowns; sometimes they were crescent-shaped. Each town had its own style and by her kokoshnik one could tell exactly where a maiden came from. The kokoshniki of the north were heavily embroidered with gold and silver threads and river pearls, with a mother-of-pearl network which fell low over the brow. In the central regions, the kokoshniki were high, in Nizhny Novgorod, round, in the form of a crescent. Sometimes long veil of muslin or gauze were attached to them. The headdresses were made of silk in bright colours, in red and rapsberry-coloured velvet, in cloth of gold that was ornamented with pearls, decorative glass, mirrors and foil. In the south, they were peaked with a pearl net descending over the forehead. In Ryazan and Tambov strange-looking kokoshniki with little horns were called “magpies” and had long tails of goose down or many coloured feathers. In the Ukraine, maidens wore crowns of flowers with bright, flowing ribbons. Beautiful and rich, gracefully framing the face and emphasizing soft eyes, these headdresses were in a very real way the crowning glory of Russian women.

Suzanne Massie: Land of the Firebird

Konstantin Korovin. Hammerfest. The Nothern Lights.
1894-1895. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

The picture is created by Korovin under the impression of his trip to the Scandinavian countries, and is considered to be the most important canvas of his northern cycle. Pictures of Norwegian trading settlements with typical high gable roofs had probably prompted the artist a vertical format of the picture. Rhythmically repeating outlines of houses and masts together with dark vertical strips in the sky create an illusive image of mysterious “gothic” forms. The picture with mystical presentiment of world dualism reflects the artist’s fascination with symbolism. The artist pays special attention to the comparison of supernatural cold glow of the polar lights, tiny warm lights and vibration of their reflection in the water. To enlarge the dynamics of the space, the artist connects two points of view: the boat in the foreground is shown from above, the constructions and the sky - from below. As a result, Korovin comes to creation of a new picture form - a decorative panel, which precedes a series of his panels for pavilion of the Far North at the All-Russia Industrial and Art exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod in 1896.


April 3, 2017 in St. Petersburg (Russia) was carried out a terrorist attack. An explosion exploded at the station “Technological Institute”.

  Yesterday there was a warning that this terrorist attack is not the last, it may be held in other cities.
  Here is a list of all the cities that can be affected by this: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Samara, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg (My city), Perm, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk.

If your friends\family live in these cities - please inform them about this situation. Ask them not to go into crowded places, shopping centers and hypermarkets. Be careful. Please. 

A new monument to the last Imperial family is planned to be installed on the grounds of a monastery in Divyevo village near Nizhny Novgorod. According to latest reports it will be built with the help of people’s donations. The author of the proposed monument is artist and teacher Irina Makarova.