Tag: Great Northern War

  • Sweden votes in NATO

    Sweden votes in NATO

    A year after applying to join the US-led military bloc, Stockholm receives parliamentary approval Sweden’s Riksdag voted on Wednesday to join NATO, almost a year after the government in Stockholm applied for membership. The formal vote in the Riksdag was adopted with 269 votes to 37 and 43 members abstained from voting. “Historic decision today […]

  • Foreigners who nobly served Russia

    Foreigners who nobly served Russia

    Not only did they bring glory to their new homeland on the battlefield and contribute greatly to the development of her culture, but they also often rose to the very highest levels of power. Scots Russia Beyond (Photo: Public Domain) The Scots were always willing to move to Russia, because in their own homeland they […]

  • 5 Foreigners Who Helped Create the Russian Empire

    5 Foreigners Who Helped Create the Russian Empire

    In the early 18th century, Tsar Peter I (Peter the Great) crushed the mighty Sweden, making Russia one of the leading European powers. In this he also received help from foreign experts and professionals. 1. James Bruce Public domain “A most honest and learned man,” Sir Charles Whitworth, British Ambassador to Russia, said by James […]

  • Historic and modern boats are displayed on the Day of the Russian Navy

    Ships from bygone eras sailed alongside the Navy’s modern fleet in the Neva River in St. Petersburg Russia celebrated its Navy Day on Sunday with annual parades across the country, including the main one in the city of St. Petersburg. This year’s event marked 350 years since the birth of Peter the Great, the 18th-century […]

  • Why were Russia and Denmark loyal allies for centuries

    Why were Russia and Denmark loyal allies for centuries

    Sweden was once considered a European superpower. The Russians and Danes did everything they could to bring this glorious period for Sweden to a quick end. For almost five centuries the Danes were one of the most friendly European nations towards the Russians. The reason for the union of the two countries so culturally and […]

  • 5 Scots who nobly served Russia

    5 Scots who nobly served Russia

    Back in their homeland, they faced political and economic difficulties while under pressure from the hated British. However, the Russians offered them high rank, prosperity and an opportunity to participate in the creation of a great empire. 1. Alexander Leslie General goods The Scotsman Alexander Leslie enlisted in the Russian service three times: in 1618, […]

  • Russia’s history in 10 paintings

    Russia’s history in 10 paintings

    These Russian artists have depicted the most vital and dramatic events of Russia’s ten centuries of existence. Vasilij Perov. The first Christians in Kyiv (1880) State Russian Museum Christianity, which comes from the Byzantine Empire, began to spread across Russia long before the country’s official baptism of Kiev’s Prince Vladimir 988. According to some sources, […]

  • 10 modern paintings from the life of Peter the Great

    10 modern paintings from the life of Peter the Great

    The year 2022 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of the first Russian emperor. For this occasion, contemporary artists have painted some important scenes and intrigues from the life of the great Peter. 1. Ilya Zorkin. The beginning of autocracy, 2022 30paintings.ru The above painting depicts Peter surrounded by the patriarch, Streltsy and the […]

  • How the French and Russians learned about each other

    How the French and Russians learned about each other

    Before Russia joined the circle of European powers in the early 18th century, there was little interest in France and vice versa. Russian princess on the throne of France Almost nothing is known about the first contacts between Russians and French – historical sources are silent about the matter. But in the 11th century, an […]

  • What role did Viborg play in Russian history?

    What role did Viborg play in Russian history?

    The city managed to be part of four different states. For the Swedes, it served as a window to the east; for the Russians – a crucial link in the system of defense of their capital and empire. Viborg is one of the most colorful cities in all of Russia, in terms of culture. There […]

  • Follow Putin in the footsteps of Peter the Great

    Follow Putin in the footsteps of Peter the Great

    Three hundred and forty kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital Kiev is the city of Poltava. In its heart is a semicircular square with a cast iron pillar and almost two dozen Swedish 18th century cannons captured at the Battle of Poltava in 1709, a decisive meeting in the Great Northern War, fought between Russia’s […]

  • Putin, Following in Peter’s footsteps

    Putin, Following in Peter’s footsteps

    Three hundred and forty kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital Kiev is the city of Poltava. In its heart is a semicircular square with a cast iron pillar and almost two dozen Swedish 18th century cannons captured at the Battle of Poltava in 1709, a decisive meeting in the Great Northern War, fought between Russia’s […]

  • Who was Alexander Nevsky, the legendary Russian prince

    Who was Alexander Nevsky, the legendary Russian prince

    The “Battle of the Ice” in which Alexander Nevsky, a Russian prince, defeated the Knights of the Livonian Order, is considered a milestone in Russian history. We explain this and other important facts about Alexander Nevsky. Surrounded by Russians led by Alexander Nevsky, the Knights break the Livonian Order (an autonomous branch of the German […]

  • How Sweden tried to snatch the Baltic Sea from Russia

    How Sweden tried to snatch the Baltic Sea from Russia

    The Swedes made the biggest naval victory in their history over the Russians, but that did not take them back to the great power club. During almost the entire 17th century, Sweden based itself on the glory of great power status. Its army and navy, considered among the strongest in Europe, won a series of […]

  • What a peace treaty that made Russia a great power

    What a peace treaty that made Russia a great power

    Sweden was a great power for almost a century, but after defeating it, Russia gained that status itself. Exactly 300 years ago, on September 10, 1721, one of the most important treaties in Russian history was signed. The Treaty of Nystad proclaimed the end of the 21-year Great Northern War, in which Sweden and Russia […]

  • How Russia removed Finland from Sweden

    How Russia removed Finland from Sweden

    History 17 September 2020 Boris Egorov Helena Schjerfbeck For the Swedes, their biggest tragedy was losing Finland to the Russian Tsar, but the Finns, in sharp contrast, saw it as an opportunity to one day in the future create their own nation state. When an independent Finland was born out of the ruins of the […]