47 The City That Used to Be Japanese

The City That Used to Be Japanese

Kholmsk is a city in the Far East of Russia located on the south-western coast of Sakhalin island. It contains two sea ports that are never
frozen and was founded in 1870. The place is inhabited by followers of different confessions such as orthodoxy, catholicism, Buddhism, etc.
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6 A Northern Russian City of The Soviet Period

A Northern Russian City of The Soviet Period

These are the photos of Soviet Arkhangelsk and its neighborhood. The city was formerly known as Archangel. It is
located next to the exit into the White Sea. It had been the chief seaport of medieval Russia until 1703.
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4 Summer Night In Kiev

Summer Night In Kiev

For someone this summer has passed like a single day, others enjoyed it in full. Anyway it's a pity the summer has gone. The photos of Kiev,
Ukraine, shown below were taken on a hot night and at the sunset. They gonna remind of warm days that will repeat only in a year.
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29 Photo Manipulations In The USSR

Photo Manipulations In The USSR

Contemporary news agencies are often blamed for photo manipulations. It started long ago in fact. Back in the times of WWII graphic artists learnt to distor reality and show what they wanted to show but not what really had happened. Thus, they often added excessive Nazi atrocities, terrible ruins and looting to fill papers with horrifying images. However we do not have to exclude that such atrocities and other terrific events could
really happen, it was just difficult to catch them with a camera due to their spontaneity. Photographers were rarely in a right time and in a right place. It's today when everyone has a cameraphone we can shoot everything we see. Photo manipulations as an instrument of propaganda is claimed to be natural. Below you will see some photos taken during WWII that underwent montage for the purpose of propaganda.
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1 German Tourists In a Ukrainian City of 1942

German Tourists In a Ukrainian City of 1942

Dnipropetrovsk is a Ukraine's fourth largest city, with one million inhabitants. A vital industrial centre of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk was one of the key centres of the nuclear, arms, and space industries of the former Soviet Union. Because of its military industry, Dnipropetrovsk was a closed city until the 1990s. In
1942 Ukraine was almost fully captured by the Reich, the occupied cities were full of Germans. However some people looked for adventures even then. They were ready to go to "the wild country" already captured by the "cultured" nazi troops. Such photos were used to be brought from such trips.
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2 In the Village of Miniature Painters

In the Village of Miniature Painters

Twenty kilometres from Moscow, in a small cosy village Fedoskino, there is a historical centre of lacquer miniature founded by merchant Peter Korobov in 1795. There is also an art school in the village where young people can
master various specialties. Many students of the school are members of the whole dinasties who were or still are painters of unique Fedoskino craft. Here you may see how they create their sketches and paintings.
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6 The Museum In A Submarine

The Museum In A Submarine

Today can see what submarines look like from the inside. Welcome to a museum based inside a submarine boat. It
sails in the waters of Khimki water reservoir (the Moscow region) and everybody is invited to the place.
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18 Mansion of a Russian Banker Back In the XIX Century

Mansion of a Russian Banker Back In the XIX Century

Baron Alexander von Stieglitz (1814–1884) was a Russian philanthropist and banker. He was the first governor of the State Bank of the Russian Empire, the predecessor
organization to today's Central Bank of the Russian Federation. We are going to see here how successful financiers of the nineteenth century used to live in Russia.
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15 Postcards From Diverse Azerbaijan

Postcards From Diverse Azerbaijan

An unusual look at Azerbaijan and its capital - Baku. The city has considerably changed for the last years, many modern buildings have appeared on its streets. The life of Baku is seemingly divided into "the period before
the song-contest Eurovision" and "after". Locals will probably remember the event for many years. These photos, sooner resembling postcards, show the contrasts of modern and old Azerbaijani capital.
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0 The City That Used To Be A Fortress

The City That Used To Be A Fortress

Samara is a nice city that has many worth-visiting high-level and underground places. The city is located on the left bank of the Volga river at the site where it is united with the Samara river. 1 166
million people inhabit the city being actually the six biggest inhabited area in Russia. It was founded as a fortress in 1586. Its symbol is the promenade which is the longest in Russia.
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