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DAYS OF THE ARCTIC

26 February 2021

The traditional Days of the Arctic will be held at the Intellectual Center of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University from 24th to 28th February under the slogan "Welcome to the Arctic!". As part of the Days of the Arctic in 2021, thematic excursions, master classes, mind games, documentary and feature film screenings will be held.
FEBRUARY 23 IN RUSSIA

24 February 2021

On February 23 Russia and a number of other post-Soviet countries celebrate Defender of the Fatherland Day. This holiday in Russia is considered the day of military glory for men and women who participated in the defense of the Fatherland and has been celebrated for over 100 years.

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125 YEARS OF FIGURE SKATING IN RUSSIA

28 February 2021

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.