24 An American In the USSR 1989

An American In the USSR 1989

American tourists coming to the USSR were often more interested not in places of interest but in Soviet people. That's why Soviet
everyday life was often imprinted on their films. These photos were taken by one American tourist who travelled to the USSR in 1989.
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10 One of the Best Moscow Hotels

One of the Best Moscow Hotels

Hotel "Leningradskaya" was located in one of the Stalin's Seven Sisters (seven similar high-rise buildings built in the 1950s). Today there is a five star hotel there. It has less rooms, the design has changed as well. Bathroom equipment, furniture and household
appliances are all new. However the hotel has preserved the best from "Leningradskaya": the decor, splendour, grandiosity. Many guests of the city stay there just to see its bronze grids, chandeliers, ceilings and furniture made from precious wood.
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2 Mudbaths of the Past And Salt Desert of Today

Mudbaths of the Past And Salt Desert of Today

Kuyalnik used to be a very famous mudbath. 200 years ago doctors concluded that local mud had magical properties and convinced the city authorities to build a mudbath here. People from
all the Empire used to come here for improving their health. Soviet people liked mud treatment as well. They even had to build three more buildings to accept all comers.
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17 The Nation Trying to Survive

The Nation Trying to Survive

According to the data of 2010 only 550 thousand Mari remained in the world. They are simple and humble people, they do what the authorities want them to do. They have their own republic - Mari El. However a big Mari group (about twenty four thousand
people) lives far from their capital Yoshkar-Ola, they live in the south of the Sverdlovsk region and are called "Ural Mari". Their ancestors migrated to the Urals back in the XVI century trying to avoid forced Christianization.
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6 Nice To Live In the Soviet Country, Part II

Nice To Live In the Soviet Country, Part II

We've already shown you some photos of an American photographer Howard Sochurek, a member of the Soviet delegation of Nixon. Last time it was
Russia on the photos, this time you can see photos from Central Asia, Caucasus and Ukraine. All the pictures were taken in 1958.
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16 If You Lived Like a Russian Tsar

If You Lived Like a Russian Tsar

What does it mean to live as a tsar? Can anyone feel cosy in such posh halls?The Great Kremlin Palace was built from 1837 to 1849 in Moscow, Russia. It was intended to emphasize the greatness of
Russian autocracy. The Palace was formerly the tsar's Moscow residence. Its construction involved the demolition of the previous Baroque palace on the site, designed by Rastrelli
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9 Moscow Defence: Connection of Times

Moscow Defence: Connection of Times

We cannot travel in time and see what was happenning many years ago, and we luckily do not see what was happening during WWII. But it will never stop to interest us. We still want to touch
the history. On these photos two epochs were connected: war time and present days. In the centre of attention is the defence of Moscow. Look how it was and how it is today.
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1 The Largest Siberian Airport

The Largest Siberian Airport

The largest Siberian airport Tolmachevo in Novosibirsk is the main transit hub beyond Ural that serves the most important directions between Asia and Europe. It's the
sixth largest Russian airport according to passenger traffic. The capacity of the international and domestic terminals amounts to 2550 people an hour.
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3 Flight Over the Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Flight Over the Volcanoes of Kamchatka

We are going to fly over the most famous volcanoes of central Kamchatka by helicopter. The weather is nice though it is always foggy over Kamchatka. On this photo is Karymskaya hill, it is an active volcano.
It is 1536 m high (5039 ft). Its top is a right truncated cone. It constantly emits hot gases. It is located in the caldera of the ancient volcano (with the diameter of five km (three miles).
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27 Foreign Photographers In Soviet Odessa

Foreign Photographers In Soviet Odessa

These photographs were taken in Odessa of the 1970-80s by foreign photographers Ian Berry and Peter Marlow. In fact only one photo belongs to the
second. Some of the shots seem to be gloomy, could it be because foreign photographers wanted to see the USSR as the "Evil Empire"?
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