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Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) spent 50 years of his life at Yasnaya Polyana, where he was born, wrote his most significant works, undertook social experiments, and was buried. Here he freed his serfs and taught peasant children at a school that he opened, attempting to transfer his ideal of a perfect world of universal equality to reality. Disappointed with his way of life and nobleman status, he decided
at the age of 82 to depart from home forever, venturing out shortly before his death in October 1910.
The 18th-century, wooden Abramtsevo Estate was at the center of Russia's cultural life in two different periods of the 19th century. It's easier...
Far from the crowds, yet enticingly close to Moscow, this grandiose monastery is surrounded by captivating Russian countryside, a marvelous...