4 Beauty of Kola Peninsula: The Geologists Pass

Beauty of Kola Peninsula: The Geologists Pass

Kola peninsula is a large peninsula in the northernmost part of Western Russia, next to the most northern part of Norway. It has a very harsh climate, and the summers are very short and not too warm, but it has really awesome nature which of course lacks vegetation but because of this looks very
harsh and severe. Just look at those awesome photos taken by Russian photographer Vasili G. According to his statement one particular place there - called Geologist's Pass is "a place everyone must see" so let's do it! All pictures are clickable and can be seen fullscreen.
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4 Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

If you really want to see a lot of old Russian traditional wooden architecture, namely churches and chapels, then for sure you need to visit Karelia. This land borders Finland for over 1,000 km along its length on one side, and like Finland is called
"Land of the Lakes" with over 90,000 small lakes. Since the early times people have lived here and built these beautiful, unique wooden churches. Let's see inside, thanks to the Russian blogger Alexei, who took those awesome photos!
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4 Grand Canyon in Kazakhstan

Grand Canyon in Kazakhstan

The American Grand Canyon is of course a modern wonder of the world. It impresses you greatly when you see it in person and no wonder that millions of people each year visit it to see it with their own eyes. However, if USA is too far away from you and you still want to see
something similar - here is a way to do it - you can go to Kazakhstan. The ex-Soviet country can boast a place that is to a great degree visually similar to the American wonder of the world. Let's see how it looks inside, thanks to an awesome blogger, Rodham:
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4 Russian Serbian Air Force Drill

Russian Serbian Air Force Drill

Recently there was a Russian - Serbian air force drill. Russian commanders say that the Serbs were real professionals and they enjoyed working with them. Both country's
pilots attacked on-ground and aerial targets, shot missiles, etc. Inside there is a whole set of photos demonstrating what Russians and Serbs did together:
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12 Russia’s New Polar Military Base is Close to the Northern Pole

Russia’s New Polar Military Base is Close to the Northern Pole

This is the Frantz Joseph Islands Archipelago - polar islands, some of the most Northern and closest you can get to the North pole. For years the only inhabitants were Russian soldiers, and now a new modern and highly technological military base has
been erected. Painted in the colors of the Russian flag, it makes this the closest a military base can get to the Northern pole. Let's see what's inside and how it was built, thanks to the Russian Ministry of Defense we can do it!
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6 Barbie: International Muay Thai Champion from Belarus

Barbie: International Muay Thai Champion from Belarus

The Belarus website 'Onliner' publishes an interview with their countrywoman Ekaterina - a worldwide Muay Thai fighting champ. She says that her mission is to "break the stereotypes that a fighter should be ugly and man-like". Some people like the girls more than the stories, so this story should fit both types of audiences. Also, big thanks to Onliner for publishing
this!   Ekaterina doesn't go as "Ekaterina" when she fights on the ring. She goes under the nickname "Barbie". And who would argue with her choice? She started her Muay Thai lessons when she was 17. She hates when other female fighters try to look man-like. "They cut their hair, they get tatoos, I hate this!" says Yekaterina-the-great.
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24 Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

The Russian city of Syktyvkar is not big. It has just around 200,000 people. It is on the river, as are many older cities, and its name means "City on the River" translated from the ancient Komi language. Now, back to the present times - one of
our favorite Russian bloggers Ilya has traveled to Syktyvkar and taken these awesome pictures to see how residents of cities that are at some distance from Moscow live their day to day lives. And here is this awesome report!
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5 During the Russian Army Draft

During the Russian Army Draft

In Russia, military conscription is compulsory and drafts happen two times a year - in spring and in fall. Since it's fall outside, the draft is going on and thanks to the Russian blogger, Yaroslav, we are able to see the photos from inside the drafting facility where young boys, usually who have reached eighteen years old, come to become soldiers for the next twelve months of their lives. Usually, young men in
Russia are afraid of this as there were tons of horror stories (and videos!) from the army about how the younger soldiers are being humiliated and beaten. However, they say its getting better lately - hard to say if its a PR stunt or things really are getting better. Anyways, thanks again to Yaroslav and here are the photos and a story from inside a Russian army drafting center:
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3 An Abandoned  Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

An Abandoned Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

We all know Alfred Nobel - a famous Swedish inventor and Nobel prize initiator. A lesser known fact is that Nobel invented explosives - TNT, and an even more less known fact is that Alfred Nobel lived in Russia, where his family moved when he was very young. his family owned factories there. Later, Alfred Nobel left Russia but as he lived and studied in Russia he could speak Russian
very well. Most of his family has left Russia too, except for his elder brother, Ludvig Nobel. Ludvig was a Russian enthusiast and businessman. He owned Nobel Enterprises in St. Petersburg and was managing business himself. He has Russian nationality, too. And this is his house, now abandoned, with a huge Lenin head in one of the rooms for some reason.
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0 Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Chita is a Russian city in Eastern Siberia, in close proximity to China. Founded in 1820, it was a small town with a population not exceeding 10,000 people until the early 1900s. Since it was close to Mongolia and China the architectural and cultural mix was also diverse. Now this city has 300,000 people or
more and looks like any other small Russian city, but in days long past it was a picturesque thing to view. Here are some of the unique photos of this city from those early days when it was nice and small. Some of these photos have English captions from the times they were printed!
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