Russia in Minnesota

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Russian immigration to the United States has come in waves. In Minnesota, 84 percent of Russian immigrants arrived during the 1990s, while 9 percent arrived in the 1980s, and 7 percent in the 1970s. The most recent wave came after the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991. Most Minnesotans probably didn’t think about how events in Moscow, 5,000 miles away, would affect our state -- but they have. In recent years, Minnesota’s Russian population has grown to more than 12,500, and more than 2,300 public school students speak Russian at home. People from Belarus, Ukraine, and other former Soviet Republics also have immigrated to Minnesota since the fall of communism. (Sources: The Minnesota Center and The Amherst Research Center's Survey of Hispanic, Hmong, Russian, and Somali Immigrants in Minneapolis-Saint Paul)

Art and Culture

  • Russian Seasons in Minnesota
    Each year, Russian Seasons puts on a festival showcasing performances by well-known artists alongside emerging musicians, dancers, and singers. (The painting shown above, by Vladimir Dikarev, was the backdrop from Russian Seasons' 2007 show.)
  • Museum of Russian Art
    The only nonprofit museum in North America dedicated solely to the preservation and presentation of educational exhibitions and related events pertaining to Russian art and artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Minneapolis International Film Festival
    Each spring since the 1980s, the festival has presented a range of new and notable films, and typically includes a selection of one or more contemporary Russian-language films by directors such as Sokurov and Mikhalkov.
  • Theatre Novi Most
    ("Theater of a New Bridge") combines the artistic traditions of Russia and America to create performances in which seemingly disparate ideas, languages, cultures and ideologies can clash, commingle and cross-pollinate. Founded in 1998 by Russian director Vladimir Rovinsky and American director Lisa Channer. Recent productions include M-Squared, inspired by two futurist artists, Mayakovsky and Marinetti, and an adaptation of Gilgamesh.
  • Russian Cultural Center
    The Russian Cultural Center is committed to promoting the ethnic Russian cultural and artistic heritage through research, presentation, and outreach programs, as well as serving as a liaison between the Russian-speaking community and the broader community of the Twin cities
  • Festival of Nations
    Since 1932, this annual event has brought Americans of 90 different ethnic groups together to share foods, crafts, and traditions. There will be Russian exhibits, souvenir shops, and music/dance performances
  • Academy of Russian Ballet
    Classes and an annual performance of "The Nutcracker"

Community and Education

Minnesota Zoo

  • Minnesota Zoo: Russia's Grizzly Coast
    The Russian Far East is one of the last great wilderness areas on earth, home to an amazing diversity of animals, including some of the world's largest predators. The Minnesota Zoo—and the Russia’s Grizzly Coast exhibit—play an important role in educating and promoting conservation of this region. The exhibit features bears, sea otters, boars, and other creatures. Another reason to visit the exhibit -- if grizzly bears weren't enough -- is to see an actual Russian izba (a log farmhouse) that craftsmen painstakingly built, dismantled, and then shippedfrom the Republic of Karelia.

Russian and East European Restaurants, Bookstores, and Groceries

  • Russian Piroshki and Tea House - 1758 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
  • St. Petersburg Restaurant and Vodka Bar - 3610 France Ave, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Moscow on the Hill - 371 Selby Ave St Paul MN 55102
  • Kramarczuk East European Deli - 215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • Restaurant Baku - 16 Nathan Lane North, Minneapolis, MN 55441
  • European Delicacies - 11044 Cedar Lake Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • Minsk Market - 3920 Cedar Grove Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55122