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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14 The Plant That Is Going to Be Abandoned Soon

The Plant That Is Going to Be Abandoned Soon

This plant is partially abandoned. It is not easy to go inside as its heavy doors are closed. But still if there is a will, there is a way. Now we
can see what the place looks like from the inside. One half of it is still used by people though the other half is being conserved slowly.
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103 Done Away With the Opium

Done Away With the Opium

When the Soviets got the power in 1917 they came to the conclusion that religion is like opium, and they had to do away with it to rehabilitate all people. They started to demolish churches physically. Youth was reeducated in a new way. Thus, in the late Soviet times, they were shown
various western concerts like Pink Floyd on TV right during the main religious holidays. Vergers were even arrested sometimes and not only the Orthodox ones but the Jews as well. It was out-and-out war, one of the first episodes of this war is described here.
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2 Ancient City And Its People

Ancient City And Its People

Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia located in Uzbekistan. The region around Bukhara has been inhabited for at least five millennia, and the city has
existed for half that time.The city has long been a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. Let us look at some details of the city and meet its people.
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22 Moscow And Its Citizens In 1984-88

Moscow And Its Citizens In 1984-88

These photographs were taken by different foreign tourists who travelled to Moscow in 1984-88. This is how thay saw the Russian capital and
its people. Those tourists were John Carter McKnight, Steve's Wildlife, Andrew J Green,  Ernst Bergmans, Philippe Moroux.
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175 Chechen Battles: 1994-1995

Chechen Battles: 1994-1995

January 1995 in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. What was it like? Ruins, black soot, wrecked and burned military equipment and weapons, broken walls, mud, mangled
bodies... It's when people, in a full mess, beat not the enemy but those who were on their side. They say that every second one was killed this way.
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59 Wooden Russia Of The Past

Wooden Russia Of The Past

Photos of ancient Russian cities taken by a Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorskoy are often called 'pictures'. The cities are shown in their unreal and unearthly beauty and harmony
where landscapes are naturally combined with buildings. 99% of Russian people of those days lived in nice wooden houses the only exception being formed by the capitals.
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5 The Land of Bears

The Land of Bears

Kurilsk lake is famous not only with its wonderful landscapes and surrounding volcanoes, but also with the demographic situation of bears which is very good as there are plenty of the animals here. This is where one can get a clear
understanding that a bear is not a fluffy toy but a dangerous predator and doesn't kill people only because there is an abundance of tested and safe food around. As soon as the food is over, no person can be saved.
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35 Soviet City of Belarus

Soviet City of Belarus

Bobruisk is a city in Belarus. The place had been inhabited by people since the fifth-sixth centuries. The city was first mentioned in 1387 as part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1792 it became part of the Russian
Empire and was included into the borders of Belarus in 1795. Today it is actually the largest city in the country. The photos made in the Soviet epoch show what the life in the city at those times was like.
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