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1 Winter Russia. Karelia

Winter Russia. Karelia

The advantage of tourists over local residents is that one sees everything in a new way, watching open-mouthed, another one indifferently passes by, they had seen
it a hundred times. Here is a village in Karelia, the Russian Finnish region, typical for the whole phenomena of the country, but still different.
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0 Therapeutic Mud of the Caucasian Dead Sea

Therapeutic Mud of the Caucasian Dead Sea

This is a unique source of health — Lake Tambukan. During the WWII, wounded soldiers liberated Pyatigorsk from the Nazis, applied  on a bandage a layer of mud from this lake. Today, manufacturers of cosmetics are looking at the lake at their point of view: in Tambukan mud, they say, one can find youth and forget about the shortcomings of the skin. Healing — if not invaluable — mud they compare to the famous Dead Sea mud.
When a couple of years ago, the lake overflowed its banks and washed away the track "Caucasus" - the main road on the Russian south, no alarm sounded about a strip of asphalt, even federal one. Environmentalists were worried about the unique properties of the pond and mud at the bottom. As a result, the unusual lake saved itself: the best defense against poison of asphalt became supersalt water.
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1 Story of Light: Lighthouses on the Edge of the World

Story of Light: Lighthouses on the Edge of the World

Some of the most beautiful lighthouses of Russia and the Far East are located in Primorsky Krai. It would seem that the task of lighthouses – to serve as a guiding light for ships ­– has become almost symbolic in the age of satellite
technology. But this does not bother light keepers, or, as they call themselves, lightmen. To understand what people work at lighthouses for decades, we went to the coast of Primorsky Krai and recorded their stories.
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3 Photos of Mysterious Franz Josef Land

Photos of Mysterious Franz Josef Land

  The archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, constituting the northernmost part of Europe. Part of the Russian polar properties,
part of Primorsky district of Arkhangelsk Oblast. It consists of 192 islands, which cover an area of 16,134 km².
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6 Abkhazia. Mysterious country

Abkhazia. Mysterious country

Many countries recognize Abkhazia only partially. It is when there is a border, and the area where people live, there is the government and the police. But there are no maps on the navigator. Even the "Russian" maps. navigator sees Abkhazia on the map of
Georgia. So it turns out that the country is there, but it is not. But I can see mountains, countless cops under each bush (a bush is full of growing tangerines) and convincing me that no one can objectively see, touch, and taste  will not work.
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0 Abandoned military Kraterniy settlement, the Kuriles

Abandoned military Kraterniy settlement, the Kuriles

Simushir is located in the middle group of the Big ridge of Kuril islands. The island is small - only about 60 kilometers long, with 13 km in diameter at the widest part, but there are three active volcanoes. The highest of them is Milne - 1539 meters. On
the northern end of Simushir there is a Broughton bay. In 1978 there was built a military camp - Kraterniy settlement for the needs of the Soviet Navy. As it is evidenced by a well-preserved monument of such a significant event.
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0 Elephants taken for a walk in Magnitogorsk

Elephants taken for a walk in Magnitogorsk

Pictures depicting elephants and made by the residents of Magnitogorsk emerged online. The animals were walking along the road not far from the cathedral church. Residents
photographed elephants, and some even managed to stroke them. The animals were brought to the city with the circus, and they were taken out for a walk a few times.
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1 Production of Traditional Highlanders Felt Cloaks in Dagestan, Russia

Production of Traditional Highlanders Felt Cloaks in Dagestan, Russia

Two mountains of sheep's wool loomed behind a craftswoman like wings. With her strong, work-worn hands, she strung long strands to comb them and burst into thin fibers. Her helpers, like the legendary Amazons, stretched
wooden bows. There is no doubt, the dark silhouette on the floor was a not yet made felt cloak. In the village named Rahata there is the only factory making felt cloaks in Russia, which was opened in 1925.
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3 Production of mammoth tusk in Siberia

Production of mammoth tusk in Siberia

About 10 thousand years ago, Northern Siberia and Yakutia were inhabited by long-haired giants called mammoths. The now extinct genus of mammals suffered from increased temperatures at the end of the last ice age, which resulted in flooding and reducing their habitat. The animals
were trapped on isolated islands without the slightest chance of returning to the mainland. Some populations trapped on these land areas in the East and in the North of Siberia remained there for some more time, and became extinct around 3,700 years ago.
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8 First day of summer in Russia

First day of summer in Russia

People of many Russian cities, not just Norilsk like a few days ago, they woke up to.. snow! So they started posting
their "first day of summer". Some of the cities affected: Surgut, Novij Urengoj, Noyabrsk. Here are the photos.
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