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FESTIVAL OF HISTORICAL GARDENS IN TSARITSINO

05 August 2022

From August 19th to 28th, a Festival of Historical Gardens will be held in Tsaritsino estate. Five years ago, the museum-reserve invited landscape architects and designers to its park for the first time, who created an exhibition of park miniatures from different countries and eras.
MUSEUM-APARTMENT OF THE FAMOUS BALLERINA OPENED IN MOSCOW

28 July 2022

A museum-apartment of the greatest contemporary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya has opened in Moscow. The permanent exhibition features more than a thousand unique items that tell about the great creative path and personal life of Maya Plisetskaya.

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125 YEARS OF FIGURE SKATING IN RUSSIA

08 August 2022

125 years ago on February 09, 1896 the first annual competition of The World Figure Skating Championship took place in Saint-Petersburg. Only four athletes participated in the championship, but thanks to them the history of world figure skating began in Russia - on the ice rink of the Yusupov Garden in Saint-Petersburg. The garden was very popular among the city residents but only during warm season. There were amusement rides and a shooting gallery on its territory, aeronaut balloons were launched from there. While in winter the garden was closed. That was until 1865, when an ice rink was opened. Here the first Russian figure skaters began to train, and the first official world championship was held here at the end of the century. Competitions were held in only one discipline - single skating. At the turn of the century, the most advanced skating schools were in Austria, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Russia.

Ice skating got a new life after a speed skating society was formed in Saint-Petersburg. With its foundation, the skating rink in the Yusupov Garden became the best in the city. The Yusupov Garden played an important role in the development of Russian figure skating. The championships of Russia and later the USSR were held on its territory. The local figure skating school gave Russia the first Olympic champion - Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin.