6 Barbie: International Muay Thai Champion from Belarus

Barbie: International Muay Thai Champion from Belarus

The Belarus website 'Onliner' publishes an interview with their countrywoman Ekaterina - a worldwide Muay Thai fighting champ. She says that her mission is to "break the stereotypes that a fighter should be ugly and man-like". Some people like the girls more than the stories, so this story should fit both types of audiences. Also, big thanks to Onliner for publishing
this!   Ekaterina doesn't go as "Ekaterina" when she fights on the ring. She goes under the nickname "Barbie". And who would argue with her choice? She started her Muay Thai lessons when she was 17. She hates when other female fighters try to look man-like. "They cut their hair, they get tatoos, I hate this!" says Yekaterina-the-great.
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21 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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5 During the Russian Army Draft

During the Russian Army Draft

In Russia, military conscription is compulsory and drafts happen two times a year - in spring and in fall. Since it's fall outside, the draft is going on and thanks to the Russian blogger, Yaroslav, we are able to see the photos from inside the drafting facility where young boys, usually who have reached eighteen years old, come to become soldiers for the next twelve months of their lives. Usually, young men in
Russia are afraid of this as there were tons of horror stories (and videos!) from the army about how the younger soldiers are being humiliated and beaten. However, they say its getting better lately - hard to say if its a PR stunt or things really are getting better. Anyways, thanks again to Yaroslav and here are the photos and a story from inside a Russian army drafting center:
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3 An Abandoned  Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

An Abandoned Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

We all know Alfred Nobel - a famous Swedish inventor and Nobel prize initiator. A lesser known fact is that Nobel invented explosives - TNT, and an even more less known fact is that Alfred Nobel lived in Russia, where his family moved when he was very young. his family owned factories there. Later, Alfred Nobel left Russia but as he lived and studied in Russia he could speak Russian
very well. Most of his family has left Russia too, except for his elder brother, Ludvig Nobel. Ludvig was a Russian enthusiast and businessman. He owned Nobel Enterprises in St. Petersburg and was managing business himself. He has Russian nationality, too. And this is his house, now abandoned, with a huge Lenin head in one of the rooms for some reason.
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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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3 Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Here is an abandoned Lutheran church in St. Petersburg. Lutheranism is not very popular in Russia now, and as was true of all other religions, was oppressed
during Soviet times. So because of all of this, here is an example of a huge old Lutheran church, totally abandoned in the middle of St. Petersburg.
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24 Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

If you are a constant visitor to this site, I believe you already know about Ekranoplans - unique Soviet semi-boats semi-jets which could glide at very low altitudes above the sea and very quickly move troops or equipment or passengers this way. Sadly, not many of
them survived and they didn't go into mass production. However, here is one more interesting project - a researcher tried to re-invent a Soviet idea - a giant Ekranoplan that could carry.. other aircraft, like the aircraft carrying ships of present. Let's take a look!
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35 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 Early Heavy Snowfalls in Omsk Russia

Early Heavy Snowfalls in Omsk Russia

While you all probably still enjoy relatively warm weather, in Omsk Russia people are struggling with
heavy snowfalls which stopped traffic all over the city. A collection of photos is inside:
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5 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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