4 Many Other Ways to Use Vodka

Many Other Ways to Use Vodka

If all the people in Russia someday would stop drinking, there would be left abundant supplies of vodka. What can be done with it? Here are a few everyday life advices for your vodka in case you stopped drinking but a strategic reserve of your vodka is still left in your cellar. The 1. If you soak a
plaster or a bandage with vodka you can remove it from your body smooth and painless. 2. You can clear your faucets with vodka. Just splash some vodka on a faucet covered with some stain and after a few minutes you can wipe it with a dry cloth – the stain would be gone.
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43 Color Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years Ago and Today

Color Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years Ago and Today

In this article there are some interesting photos of a few Russian churches made in 1910 and today. The fact that makes them more interesting the 1910 photos are color photos also! Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) received a few patents for his color photo technique. He traveled across Russia in the beginning of the 20th century and made thousands of photos. I visited his exhibition and the photos are really stunning, especially when you understand that they were made 100 years ago but are fully in color. That’s a real lost world of Russia before the Soviet era, before WW2 and WW1. Prokudin-Gorskii left Russia in 1918, going first to Norway and England before settling in France. By then, the tsar and his family had been executed during the Russian Revolution, and the Communist rule had been established over what was once the Russian Empire. His unique images of Russia on the eve of the revolution — recorded on glass plates — were purchased by the United States' Library of Congress in 1948 from his heirs. In 2001, the Library of Congress produced an exhibition, The Empire that was Russia. For this exhibition, the glass plates
were scanned and color images were produced digitally from the scanned red, green, and blue monochrome images, using a process called Digichromatography which was developed by Walter Frankhauser. In 2004, the Library contracted with Blaise Agüera y Arcas to produce an automated color composite of each of the 1,902 negatives from the high resolution digital images of the glass plate negatives. A complete description of his process and a list of other sites that have prepared digital color composite images are in the collection profile at the Library of Congress. And here are the few photos of some churches in Seliger region that were made by Prokudin-Gorskii almost 100 years ago and each photo goes with a corresponding photo of the same place made nowadays.   Church in Ostashkov small town, 96 years ago. Check out the horse coach on the right. In the beginning of the 20th century when in the USA there were already 1,000,000 people in Russia there were only a few hundreds of passenger cars, the most common mean of transport was a horse powered transport.
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35 Daily photos from Russian cities 3: Street Racing

Daily photos from Russian cities 3: Street Racing

Just another portion of photos from Russian streets.  Let's start with some Russian street racing photos:
This is Lada 21099 with some heavy heavy tuning. It's so heavy that it can probably barely move.
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9 Fake Mineral Water

Fake Mineral Water

I knew that there happen to be some factories in countries like India or China which make fake soft drinks, I knew that there are in Russia such factories also, I knew that they ship their ready made production to
shops and sell like legit one, but what was a surprise for me is when a lady makes fake mineral water (puts on labels) right in the middle of the big shopping mall in Ukraine (former USSR). Take a look:
8 Maths Class in Russian College

Maths Class in Russian College

A funny video, made in Russian university during a maths class. A guy starts to behave himself crazy, the professor lady stands stunned, can’t say anything, other students are amazed. This
reminded me about bright Russian mathematician Gregory Perelman and his also not so common behavior, and I wondered was he also making such performances while studying maths?
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63 Christians Tore Madonna Apart

Christians Tore Madonna Apart

There is a very funny sect of extreme Christians in Russia. They look really cool. They became popular for breaking up a Moscow gay parade this year, together with some radical Orthodox Christian priests.   At that time gay parade was canceled. That included a public speech of Moscow mayor who said something like “Moscow and Russia are not that liberal to allow this to happen”. You can imagine how far Moscow and Russia are liberal after that. Now, from
their point of view, which doesn’t differ from a point of a Russian Orthodox Church officials, Madonna shouldn’t have a concert in September, 2006 in Moscow. She simply doesn’t have any right for that, because from their point of view she is totally evil pop star. They wear black cloths which is a wild mix of German Nazi military cloths with some Russian military elements and a lot of Christian symbolics and items.
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4 Working Students or Studying Workers?

Working Students or Studying Workers?

The 1st of September is a holiday for students. The day when they make one more step to their professional top by studying. And by working for some of them. All the time students were considered as the poorest social group. But years go
by and now we can see more and more working students that sometimes seem to be studying workers. In St.-Petersburg there are a lot of ways to earn and places to work. Let’s see the most acceptable for students.
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272 An Abandoned City

An Abandoned City

Here is a little photo-session of an abandoned city. When the Soviet Union collapsed, government didn’t have much funds to support some small cities around strategically import objects. People of these cities were left all by themselves. Nobody could support them because any communication with this places terminated after the army decided that they now don’t have money to support those objects. People had to leave their places and move. Some were lucky to find their place under a sun of the Army of new Russian Federation, some less
fortunate had to leave such places without any hope to find a new home, just because the shops stopped working, water stopped coming out of the facet and nobody cared about them any more. It has been said that even president Putin was thinking to retire from KGB in 1990 and go to work as a taxi driver. Many people are now probably express great sorrow that he changed his mind at that time. Ok, so here are the photos: Just imagine how magnificient those buildings were before abandoned.
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12 Russian Urine Is Being Imported by USA Citizens

Russian Urine Is Being Imported by USA Citizens

This website come to my attention recently due to the strange production it is offering. The first thing that you can see on the site is a massive slogan “Russian Urine Against Doctor’s Scalpel”, in Russian this sounds rhymed. So what does sell the site with such a slogan? It sells urine, it exports Russian urine mainly to the USA, who can’t for some reason pay a visit to their clinic by person, can order their “unique” products online. They claim that they discovered some healing power in Russian urine, and that their discoveries were backed by hundreds of years of traditionalists using the urine for healing purposes. They say that urine comes from the most important part of a human, from the “life giving part of the human body”. There are a few types of the product that are being sold on this website. Their names are astonishing: “The Sea Breeze”, “Hunter’s brew”, “Not Filtered, Original”, they differ
in taste and in pharmacological characteristics. Also they sell a big bottles for gathering the urine, made of special plastics that automatically makes the urine gathered in the bottle ready to use, and some more sophisticated apparatus called “The Separator”, for brewing special sorts of urine at home from your own raw source. They say that device was awarded at UNESCO contest of innovations, and was developed by Russian Sechenov Institute. There is also an appeal for the donors who can submit their urine material for their institure as a source for the end products. They say all the donors are being tested heavily and interviewed. You want my opinion? That's disgusting. Links: The original "Russian Urine Production" website The translated version, by automatic web translator. And here is a big article from Nexus magazine on the subject
burlaks on volga, ilya repin
12 Russian Art, Russian Peasants and Modern Day Compilation

Russian Art, Russian Peasants and Modern Day Compilation

Here is a little bit about classical Russian art. Ilya Repin is a well-known Russian artist. His paintings are highly valued all over the world and cost a lot. I want to present you here two of his works and then a creative compilation of both in one painting. This is his famous painting "Burlaks on Volga". Who are Burlaks and what are they doing on Volga? As there was a slavery in United States there was
another type of slavery in Russia till the middle of 19th century, but it was called "Castle law". What does it mean? It means that people could not move away from a castle or from the landlord. All the peasants that lived in the territory of the landlord simply belonged to him, though they lived in their own houses, had their private money and could marry by their own choice.
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