32 Russia in 1851 as Seen By Americans

Russia in 1851 as Seen By Americans

So this is a picture book published in New York in 1854 telling the story of an American traveller going to Russia and what he saw there. To make it more gloomy he called his book "A Knout and the Russians".
Knout is a whip, a thing which used to raise the horses etc and also used to punish people in Russia, in public. Interesting pictures and happily with embed English captions. Welcome inside:
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11 Selection of Awesome Russian Jets from 2015

Selection of Awesome Russian Jets from 2015

Russian photographer and blogger, Mike S., decided to post his best shots of the previous year, and it turned out to be a pretty brilliant collection. Please
enjoy these photos presented for your viewing pleasure.  For example, the jet above is a SU-34 in the MAKS-2015 airshow in Russia. See more inside:
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1 Soviet Kids

Soviet Kids

Here we have just over thirty nostalgic black and white photos of Soviet kids just, you know, being kids. Also, for those of you who expecting more often updates, just a friendly reminder that we also have an official
English Russia twitter account.  Subscribe, it updates at least once a day with some funny or historical or just interesting photo from ex-USSR space. Pass it on!  And now, back to the Soviet kids:
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0 Russian Cosmonauts Having New Year Dinner [video]

Russian Cosmonauts Having New Year Dinner [video]

The Russian space agency, Roskosmos, sometimes publishes pretty neat reality-style videos direct from orbit, talking about the casual moments of the Russian cosmonauts on the space station.
Here is one such video for your viewing pleasure, showing Russian space explorers munching on New Year dinner treats. They speak Russian but it's still worth checking it out!
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12 Russian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

Russian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

The Russian city of Petrozavodsk was hit by cyclone Daniella today, which resulted in very heavy snowfalls. In a matter of just a few hours, the city was drowning in snow. Sometimes the snow drifts were as high as 1.5 meters tall. Petrozavodsk is a city with a population of 300,000, and is the capital of the Karelia region bordering
Finland and Norway. It's not a small city, so in an instant, the traffic got stuck. Huge city trolleybuses - electric powered buses - are not meant to go through thick layers of snow on the city streets so they began stopping and blocking the way for others. Let's see how it was thanks to local photographer Igor P.:
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7 Russian Acoustic Guitar Makers from Bobrovo Russia

Russian Acoustic Guitar Makers from Bobrovo Russia

It might be a surprising fact for you but in Russia there are still a few factories producing guitars. During Soviet times, Russian people had to buy mostly all locally made products, so guitar manufacturers were blooming. Then, Russia opened its markets to foreign merchandise and many ex-Soviet factories went bankrupt. Many think that Russian guitar makers went bankrupt
too and aren't producing anything now, Chinese stuff is cheaper and often better made. However this is not true, and this is one example of an old Soviet guitar maker that is still making acoustic guitars. Thanks to Russian photo blogger Andrei who went there and took photos we can see what the Russian guitar maker looks like from inside.
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6 Crazier That You May Have Imagined: Offroad Smart Fortwo Car

Crazier That You May Have Imagined: Offroad Smart Fortwo Car

  Today, you are going to see something you have probably never seen before. The idea for such a project for sure could have come from someone from an ex-Soviet country - where the roads are still often cursed by drivers but the luxury and fuel economy trend is already an issue. So how about combining all of this and getting a Smart car, a Smart Fortwo to be
exact, a full time offroad Smart car that can take you deep inside the forests of Ukraine no matter if it's summer and the dirt roads are bad or winter and the dirt roads are snow. Smart Fortwo totally offroad is what we have here, thanks to George, a car enthusiast from Lviv, Ukraine. Let's see inside more photos and even a video!
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10 Russian Kayaking in -27 Outside

Russian Kayaking in -27 Outside

Russian blogger, I. Podgorny from Petrozavodsk, Karelia, says that last morning he was woken by his friend saying "you gotta visit me right now. It's -27 outside and it is still possible to kayak on the
river. Let's do this". So the blogger took his camera and went on the sudden adventure. So thanks to him we can see the awesomeness of nature and almost feel all that cold around them!
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7 Album of Russian Top Beauties 1904

Album of Russian Top Beauties 1904

Here we have a booklet called "Album of Russian Top Beauties". Famous actresses, media personalities and wives of rich men - all gathered togethered. The only catch here is that it was published in 1904, so your perception of beauty and attractiveness might have changed greatly over the last 112
years. Want to test yourself to see if you still find those Russian Top Ladies attractive? Girls from many parts of the Russian Empire are listed - Polish girls and Swedish girls (Finnish-Swedish), Jewish and Ukrainian and even Buryatian (which is indigenous SIberia). Take a look!
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34 Elite Resorts of Crimea 2015

Elite Resorts of Crimea 2015

A blogger, Sergey A., is living in Crimea. He went to the "Elite" resorts of his motherland to see how good they are. What he then posted says "Ashamed. Elite henhouses of
Crimea". So these are those houses he is ashamed of - the first line to the Black Sea, the most expensive land and the mini hotels and apartments there.  
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