7 Mountains of Dagestan and 1000 Year Old Village

Mountains of Dagestan and 1000 Year Old Village

Most foreigners find it hard to give an answer if they are asked what Dagestan is or where it is located. In fact, Dagestan is not a separate country like Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan or Pakistan, but rather a part of Russia, although the southernmost part. It borders Azerbaijan and Georgia and has Chechnya as its closest neighbor in Russia. A big part of it consists of
the Caucasian mountains and the word Dagestan itself means "country of mountains". If one side of the region is mountains, the other side is the shore of the warm Caspian sea. Thanks to Russian blogger El Magico or Andrei G. who travelled there recently we can see some road pics of the place and get to know it better. Let's see what he got!
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6 Total Disrespect for the Law

Total Disrespect for the Law

Watching this video might be shocking for most people who are used to treating law enforcement with respect. Long story short - a police patrol stopped a taxi with a passenger in the front seat for not
wearing seat belts. What followed is pretty shocking. Not only was the passenger very rude, but the taxi driver himself was not following the direct order of a police officer not to leave but stay.
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5 Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

If you really want to see a lot of old Russian traditional wooden architecture, namely churches and chapels, then for sure you need to visit Karelia. This land borders Finland for over 1,000 km along its length on one side, and like Finland is called
"Land of the Lakes" with over 90,000 small lakes. Since the early times people have lived here and built these beautiful, unique wooden churches. Let's see inside, thanks to the Russian blogger Alexei, who took those awesome photos!
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12 Russia’s New Polar Military Base is Close to the Northern Pole

Russia’s New Polar Military Base is Close to the Northern Pole

This is the Frantz Joseph Islands Archipelago - polar islands, some of the most Northern and closest you can get to the North pole. For years the only inhabitants were Russian soldiers, and now a new modern and highly technological military base has
been erected. Painted in the colors of the Russian flag, it makes this the closest a military base can get to the Northern pole. Let's see what's inside and how it was built, thanks to the Russian Ministry of Defense we can do it!
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24 Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

The Russian city of Syktyvkar is not big. It has just around 200,000 people. It is on the river, as are many older cities, and its name means "City on the River" translated from the ancient Komi language. Now, back to the present times - one of
our favorite Russian bloggers Ilya has traveled to Syktyvkar and taken these awesome pictures to see how residents of cities that are at some distance from Moscow live their day to day lives. And here is this awesome report!
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0 Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Chita is a Russian city in Eastern Siberia, in close proximity to China. Founded in 1820, it was a small town with a population not exceeding 10,000 people until the early 1900s. Since it was close to Mongolia and China the architectural and cultural mix was also diverse. Now this city has 300,000 people or
more and looks like any other small Russian city, but in days long past it was a picturesque thing to view. Here are some of the unique photos of this city from those early days when it was nice and small. Some of these photos have English captions from the times they were printed!
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37 12 Awesome Things Soviet Union Gave to the People Ahead of Every Other Country in the World

12 Awesome Things Soviet Union Gave to the People Ahead of Every Other Country in the World

At the time the Soviet Union was established, its leaders made a lot of advancements over other powers in the world in terms of what rights and benefits they established for its people. Basically, some of the well known rights that are enjoyed by people in the West were an attempt by Western governments to counteract those of the USSR and to show kindness to their own people so that they didn't want to start a revolution and
overthrow the capitalists as they did in Russia. At least this is what some historians think. I'm pretty sure that you won't know some of those, like every Soviet person had a right to receive an apartment for free from the state, and hundreds of thousands of people received them every year. So what were those other benefits the Soviet country was first in the world to give to its population?
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6 Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Not all abandoned places are created equal. Some simply you can't resist by looking at or willing to go and explore yourself. This abandoned Russian aviator's village on Chukotka, called Apapelgino. It was a large village - with over 2,000 people living in it founded in 1939.
During the Soviet epoch it was very well maintained and needed. Then after USSR collapse it gradually ceased to exist and was totally abandoned in 2004. Thanks to cool Russian blogger Zzhitel we can now see how it looks now. And you won't be disappointed!
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0 Russian Crab Growers

Russian Crab Growers

As Russian blogger and photographer Alexander says, this is the only Russian sea crab growing operation existing now. It is based in the Russian
far east and was organized by the Russian Fish and Ocean Institute. They grow crabs in the shallow waters, and this is how they do it:
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0 Russian Soldiers Train to Fire Mortars

Russian Soldiers Train to Fire Mortars

Russian blogger Yaroslav  paid a visit to an army training facility where soldiers are being taught to use real life mortars. Basically it might seem to be easy task,  just pull a long cord and it shoots, however the full training program  takes over four month and soldiers fire them daily. Even while
not yet at the range Yaroslav has heard distant booms from mortars. "Aren't we late?" he asked his driver assigned by army "I hear them shooting already!", asked the blogger - "They always fire them here, don't worry", said the soldier behind the wheel. Let's see what he saw there!
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