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Why We Love the Russians

Ice hockey, vodka, Sochi, pro tennis player Maria Sharapova, beef stroganoff, Saint Basil's Cathedral and the Moscow Royal Ballet are just a few reasons why we love the Russians.

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Matryoshka Dolls

Visit any Russian souvenir shop and you’re sure to find matryoshka dolls, a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. The first nested doll set was carved in 1890; today, they don’t always follow the traditional peasant girl theme. Some themes vary from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders, yet artistry in the painting of each doll remains a constant.

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