This February Russian winter activities include several celebrations and a number of temporary exhibitions at local museums. Here are five things you can do before spring comes. 1. Sample Taste Russian Blini (Pancakes). Celebrate Shrovetide (a.k.a. Pancake Week) in St. Petersburg. This year it falls on the week from February 10 till February 18. One

St. Petersburg, the former capital of Imperial Russia, boasts numerous splendid palaces that used to belong to the Romanov tsars and gorgeous mansions of the former nobility. The Romanovs, being autocratic monarchs, had a habit of spending winter time and summers in different residences. Their Winter Palace is part of the world-famous Hermitage museum. The