My wife and I and four friends wanted to do a boat trip between Moscow and St Petersburg and didn’t want one of the fleets of ships with 200 passengers. And in addition to size we found a number of negative TripAdvisor reviews on many of those larger ships. We found the Volga Dream which takes only 100 passengers and which is privately owned by a Russian family. It could not have been better. The crew was exceptional in their friendliness and professionalism, and the boat itself was in wonderful shape and exceptionally well maintained. Despite having 100 passengers, we never found any place too crowded to do exactly as we wanted. The shore excursions were very well planned and executed. And the food was excellent. We would warmly recommend the Volga Dream to anyone wanting to do either Moscow to St Petersburg or the opposite direction.
Education: BA, MA, PhD, Second Doctorial Degree, Professor of History and Politics
Interests: history of Russia and the Soviet Union, political science and political history
Professional experience: Since 2001, Ludmila Selezneva worked as a professor of history and politics at the University of the Humanitarian Education in Moscow. She published more than 50 articles and authored or co-authored 10 booksRead more
Sample lecture topics:
- Lights and Shadows of the Khrushchev decade.
Khrushchev’s achievements and failures in the social life, agriculture, industry, foreign and home affairs. Secret speech of Khrushchev at the XXth congress of Communist Party of the Soviet Union as a highlight of his political career.
Why was the monument on the Khrushchev grave made half-white and half-black? What were the contradictions in his home policy, industrial and agriculture development? His role in the Cuban crisis of 1962.
What was happening behind Khrushchev’s knocking shoe in the UN? Why his time was called the “thaw” and what is its place in the Soviet history?
- Michael Gorbachev and the end of the Soviet system and empire.
Тhe story of Gorbachev is essential to the understanding modern Russia. It is the story of one of the most eminent politicians of the 20th century.
The lecture gives an overview of personal and political biography of Gorbachev, purpose and main results of his policy in 1985-1991, last years of the Soviet Union. The lecture offers author’s vision of the Soviet system and the crush of the Soviet empire.
Gorbachev’s policy raises many questions. What was his political aim? Was he a great reformer or was he a wrecker? Why did he start to change the Communist system? What objectives did he have? What results did he achieve? Why did he leave the Presidency? What do Gorbachev and his family do at present time?
- Russians in WWII.
The lecture describes activity of the Soviet government in 1939-1941, Great Patriotic War of the Soviet people 1941-1945 and Soviet military activity against Japan at the Far East in 1945. Emphasis is made on the critical role of the Second World War as it plays in Russian national mentality, on cooperation between the Soviet Union and British and American allies.
The purpose is to give some general information about USSR in WWII, drawing attention to some critical points like Nazi invasion into USSR, the price Soviet people paid for the victory, some major factors of that victory. Special attention is given to the role Soviet leader Stalin played in the Great Patriotic War.
- Current Russia: people and leaders.
The lecture is dedicated to the development of post-soviet Russia over the past 20 years, since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It covers the beginning of Russian capitalism, new political system, Yeltsyn’s era achievements and problems of current Russia, living standard of the Russian people and their vision of today’s and future Russia. Special accent is given to current Russia-EU, Russian-American, Russian-Chinese relations.
Sample lecture topics:
- Lights and Shadows of the Khrushchev decade
- Michael Gorbachev and the end of the Soviet system and empire
- Russians in WWII
- Current Russia: people and leaders
- Current Russia: what is it?
- Democracy in Russia: an attempt to define
- Russia in mirror of Russian philosophy
- Carl Faberge: king of jewelers and jeweler of the kings
- Education and Employment in present Russia
- Current Russia: medical care, education, retirement, demographic situation
- Current Russia: resources, primary markets, economy, taxes
- Politics and geopolitics in Russia
- Recent political leaders of Russia (Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin)