21 Russian Magic Square

Russian Magic Square

Probably some of you have already seen a Black Magic Square, but it has been said it is of Russian origin so I would list it here. Just follow the instructions
below and you probably would be amazed. If you have already seen it, just skip, I don't know how widely this thing is known across the Internet.
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16 Castle In Countryside

Castle In Countryside

Some rich Russians from countryside still prefer to live in castles. At least this one does: From a first site
it's a common Russian village. Almost without roads to it as it very often happens in Russian countryside.
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12 Madonna Could be Bombed

Madonna Could be Bombed

Today, 12th of September, 2006 in Moscow is going to be a great show by Madonna. It has been said before that Madonna was very scared of her trip to Russia because she was threatened by anonymous people of Russian origin, demanding her to cancel the show, that’s why she wanted the security measures of the show to be extra high class ones. Two girls, two journalists of some Russian newspaper decided to check those
extra measures. They decided to make a fake alarm clock bomb and take it inside the show as much closer to the main arena as possible. They had to pass five security checks.   First they have got a big box and an alarm clock that they put inside. They made two of such fakes, put them in their bags and came to the “Luzhniki” concert hall – a big covered stadium in Moscow.
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10 Nice Way to Cut a Watermelon

Nice Way to Cut a Watermelon

You love watermelons? You want to cut them according to Russian style? See on this photo how
it should be done correctly: All you need are one watermelon and one chainsaw.
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24 And Some Police Cars

And Some Police Cars

In Russia police even police can be different. They can ride on such 1968 production year "Zaporozhets":
And at the same time top police officials can go on 2006 Porsche Cayenne Bi-Turbo worth over $100k:
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277 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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39 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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9 Russian Roads 3

Russian Roads 3

Russian roads continue surprising me. This shots are made in Chelyabinsk city, but it was commented by native Russian viewers as "it can happen in any Russian
city, for sure". Just take a look: For some sort of a need some construction workers have dug a hole, and no fencing around of it was provided.
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4 Many Other Ways to Use Vodka

Many Other Ways to Use Vodka

If all the people in Russia someday would stop drinking, there would be left abundant supplies of vodka. What can be done with it? Here are a few everyday life advices for your vodka in case you stopped drinking but a strategic reserve of your vodka is still left in your cellar. The 1. If you soak a
plaster or a bandage with vodka you can remove it from your body smooth and painless. 2. You can clear your faucets with vodka. Just splash some vodka on a faucet covered with some stain and after a few minutes you can wipe it with a dry cloth – the stain would be gone.
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43 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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