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Though Burns is widely recognised on a global scale, the Russians seem to have a special affinity for him. The roots of Russia's receptiveness to Burns could lie in the long history of Scottish connections with Russia. Charles Cameron, who moved to Russia in 1779 at the invitation of Catherine the Great, was the architect at the Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk palaces outside St Petersburg. There is an annual Highland Games in the grounds Nike Roshe Run Cheap Online

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The 19th century poet and novelist Turgenev visited Scotland .

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ustry at home. SCOTTISH TOURIST CHIEFS are certainly hoping so. Russian tourists spend twice as much as any other nationality, but at the moment only around 30,000 of them come Nike Roshe One Men's Sale to Scotland each year. Transaero, Russia's first private airline, is extending its direct flights from Moscow to Edinburgh this June and the hope is that the combination of accessibility and familiarity with our cultural icon will see Russians arriving in their droves. A parallel phenomenon in Scotland to the Red Square response to our Burns impersonator is scarcely imaginable. Were a Shakespeare impersonator to strike up Hamlet's soliloquy in Glasgow's George Square then people would recognise him. Were an array of Russian look a like literary giants from Tolstoy to Turgenev to stage a mass reading on Princes Street, it's long odds that passing shoppers would nudge one another and say, "Is that not Dostoevsky?"Of course, Burns is popular all over the world. While doing a reading at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Tait was approached by a Taiwanese woman who recited all of Auld Lang Syne to him. in Taiwanese.

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Last but not least, Alexandra, wife of the last Tsar Nicholas II, was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Nicholas himself was a commander in the Scots Greys and visited Balmoral on hunting trips. Dr Dimitri Fedosov works at the Institute of History at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. A Burns scholar and active member of the city's Caledonian Club, he has several theories as to why Burns should be receiving a resounding yes in Yakutsk. "He was big from the mid 19th century onwards. People regarded him as a democratic figure which endeared him to Russian radicals and democrats both at that time and during the Soviet period. "Among Russia's literary greats, Burns' poetry was very highly thought of.

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of the Peter Paul fortress in St Petersburg. The brothers Roman and Yakov Bruce, who claimed descent from the Scottish royal family, were close associates of Peter I, the city's founder. The Scottish architect William Hastie designed bridges, while Scotsman Charles Byrd's factory manufactured Russia's first steamboat. Peter the Great's principal adviser, General Patrick Gordon, was a rear admiral in the empire's navy, as well as being the highest ranking and most influential foreigner in Russia of his day. Samuel Greig from Inverkeithing also served in the Russian Navy and became Catherine's most accomplished and devoted naval commander.

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