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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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DID YOU CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF VODKA?

28 February 2021

The 31st of January is considered the birthday of vodka. On this day in 1865 Dmitry Mendeleev presented his famous doctoral thesis "On the combination of alcohol with water." The document is kept in the museum of the great scientist - at the Saint- Petersburg State University. Mendeleev is called the father of Russian vodka.

An interesting legend was associated with vodka in the Soviet Union. Once Stalin, at a meeting with polar explorers, asked them what kind of alcoholic drinks they drink on long winter nights in the north. They joked that there is a tradition of diluting pure alcohol to a volume that matches the parallel on which they are. This is how a vodka with 56% ABV appeared because Moscow is located on this parallel!

This and many other interesting stories you can hear in the Vodka Museum in Saint-Petersburg which you can visit with MIR Travel Company. The museum contains a huge number of different types of vodka, nalivkas and other time-honored Russian drinks. Na zdorovie!