Magazine article Russian Life

Dream Country

Magazine article Russian Life

Dream Country

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Russians have had an on-again, off-again obsession with seeking answers through their dreams. The Yandex search engine recently turned this obsession into a report on what people in the world's largest country dream about.

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By compiling the 200 most popular dream-related search queries ("meaning of dreams about...") entered in various parts of the country during the morning hours, Yandex created a Russian Map of Dreams. Not surprisingly, it reflected the country's geography: bears visit the dreams of those living in wild, Siberian regions, Russians in the North dream of cranberries, while only residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg dream of the metro. In Chelyabinsk, people dream of meteorites.

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In the centennial year of the Russian Revolutions, some Russian officials have been consumed by nostalgia for the prerevolutionary world. Among the stranger recent manifestations of this was an interview with lawmaker Natalia Poklonskaya, a former prosecutor in Crimea.

"You know, this morning, the bust of our Emperor Nicholas II that we unveiled in a park near the chapel started oozing myrrh. People come with their children to hold them against the bust so that they will be cured," she said, smiling excitedly in an interview with the Orthodox TV channel Tsargrad. …

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