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254 Russian Police

Russian Police

In Russia police is not respected by citizens. People simply doesn’t love policemen and often don’t go to police for the help. And police pays back – they often break the laws themselves and policemen behave in not proper way. There is a lot of police on the street of Russia, one of the reasons is high crime rate, another reason is possibly the belief of authorities that if they have a numerous police at their disposal they can prevent any civil unrest. Because the police is huge in personnel they often hire people without a proper education to serve in police, just like in 3rd world countries, people without high moral principles and understanding that if they serve
as policemen they should serve and protect. Often they do absolutely contrary things. There is a Russian joke: a young man went to work as a policeman, but has not received his salary for quite a long period of time – a few months, so the senior officer asks him – “Why didn’t you get your salary yet?” and the young man replied: “What? I am supposed to get a salary? I though if I got a police uniform and a gun I now can get funding myself”. Sometimes it happens right like in this joke, the only difference that such policemen don’t forget to get their salaries.   This couple is from Ukraine
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34 Stalin’s Dreams of Moscow

Stalin’s Dreams of Moscow

Comrade Stalin wanted to turn Moscow city into an 8th Wonder of the World, thus he was planning on constructing some buildings that would look tremendous. Most of his dreams have not come true, Moscow hasn’t become
a World’s Wonder and the buildings were left just on paper, probably because of WW2 was taking place and then the country was recovering from its consequences. Still the designs are fun to look at:
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lada 99 russian car, hole in the road
7 Russian Roads 3

Russian Roads 3

Russian roads continue to surprise me. These shots were taken in Chelyabinsk city, but native Russian viewers commented that "it can happen in any
Russian city, for sure". Just take a look: For some reason construction workers have dug a hole here, and they put no fencing around it.
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prokudin-gorskii photos
28 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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26 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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62 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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186 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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11 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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12 Crazy Russian Monuments

Crazy Russian Monuments

Just a few crazy monuments from Russian streets.   What do you see here? Look at her smile,
she likes what she sees too! Here is the next photo to understand what does it really mean:
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Communist Shandibin is going to sue Hollywood
14 One Politic and One Shrek

One Politic and One Shrek

It has been known that Vasiliy Shandybin, a politic from Russia, heading new Communist party of modern Russia, is going to sue "DreamWorks" for being using his image while creating Shrek. It's not clear yet what is the amount of his future suit. For now he put a big Shrek photo in his office in Russian parlaiment (Duma) and shows it to every visitor, how the Imperialistic USA
moviemakers from Hollywood abuse his right for privacy.  His supporters in Russia are indignant at the fact of their leader photo is being used in a famous cartoon. They admitt that such production forms a comic image of the famous politic among the youngsters. "I demand to stop all the capitalistic offend going on worldwide" says Shandibin.

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