This is a blog for use in both of my HIS 241 and HIS 242 Russian history survey courses at Northern Virginia Community College.

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18 November 2015

Russia Prepares to Open the Tomb of Tsar Aleksandr III

Sarah Pruitt, Russia Prepares to Exhume Czar Alexander III in Romanov Investigation (5 November 2015). This has also been reported by TASS. The exhumation is connected with DNA testing requested by the Russian Orthodox Church to verify the remains the Tsar Nikolai II's family, executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918

11 November 2015

Peter the Great Naval Ship Located

Divers have reportedly located the remnants of one of Peter the Great's favorite naval ships, which sank in 1715, off the coast of Sweden. See the TASS report.

04 November 2015

Catherine the Great and the Origins of Roller Coasters

See this interesting post on how giant ice-coated slides that were popular in the reign of Catherine the Great set the stage for the development of the roller coaster in France.