1 Best of Russia photos 2016

Best of Russia photos 2016

"Best of Russia" is a photo contest held in Russia each year since 2008. It is supported by Russian museum and department of culture, however we doubt it is really featuring best of the best photos of Russia for the year. However some of the photos are pretty
worth seeing so lets see all the works for this "Best of Russia 2016" contest. Most of the photos got captions and we translate them unchanged, some of them pretty weird but this is what photographers wanted them to be. More photos ahead:
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0 Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Nicolaas Witsen was a famous Dutch person in 18th century. In fact he became  a mayor of Amsterdam thirteen times! In his free time he was cartographer, maritime writer, and an authority on shipbuilding, but most importantly he
was an expert on Russian affairs. So he went to Russia and here are the pictures of Russian towns he brought back in year 1711. Interesting fact that some of the town he has visited at that time don't exist now.
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2 Only in Russia Photos part 4

Only in Russia Photos part 4

So a next part of Only in Russia photos, devoted to assorted images captured on extensive planes of our country and
collected due to their either uniqueness or weirdness or other qualities, but for sure interesting to look at. Enjoy!
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1 Russian Cosmonaut Grechko Dead at Age 85

Russian Cosmonaut Grechko Dead at Age 85

Georgiy Grechko was a legendary man in Russia. A cosmonaut, twice received "Hero of USSR" award, was appointed as a first Russian man to go to the Moon (never happened though). Three times he went to space, once was in an outer space, stayed for over 134 days on orbit.  "First days in space are always hard. All cosmonauts get motion sick,
no matter how hard they trained and how meticilous was their selection process. First hours in space very hard to work. Very high blood pressure. It seems that you are being hanged up-side-down. So you can't make sudden moves." - remembers Georgiy Grechko about his experience in space. Let's see and read some more:
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6 Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Old wooden churches are a part of Russian cultural legacy. Most of them are left only in Russian North, in such regions like Karelia, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Novgorod etc. They have a long history: most of ancient Russian buildings, till 18th century, were built exclusively from wood. All variety
of buildings were wooden: churches, houses, barns, and even palaces. Very little of those survived till these days due to nature of the material - it disappears very quickly. However Russia had some effort in preserving some of those. Let's see those disappearing beauties:
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5 Some nostalgic Russian Photos from the Days of Collapse of Communism

Some nostalgic Russian Photos from the Days of Collapse of Communism

This is a nice set of Russian late 1980s, early 1990s photos that will probably cause nostalgic feelings in many Russian people. They show the Russian country that was already almost free from Communism but that still didn't know exactly what to do next. Let' see them.
The first photo clearly shows that the streets have no foreign cars yet, people are simply dressed, but most men wear denim jackets which had already started to find their way from abroad and were also produced locally by the first legal workshops.
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1 Two trains collided in Russia tonight

Two trains collided in Russia tonight

Two trains have collided tonight near Moscow. Twenty-eight people were wounded. Luckily everyone is alive. It all happened around one o'clock in the morning.
Still not clear what caused this - neglect or terror activity or some other causes. Let's see some photos and videos from the accident scene:
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0 Russian robot Fyedor going to fly a spaceship

Russian robot Fyedor going to fly a spaceship

Russian scientists announced that the new Russian spaceship called "Federation" would be piloted by.. a robot. They call him Fyedor. Russian top space engineer Evgeny Mikrin said that Fyedor is going to put first Federation spaceship on the Earth orbit.  The first planned
robot manned mission is in year 2021. Robot Fyedor is already got a working prototype and it can do different tasks including walking, running, climbing and driving cars and also drilling holes. Let's see some more photos and a video of Fyedor in business:
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0 Russian air force commanders flying on helicopters

Russian air force commanders flying on helicopters

A few photos made by Russian blogger Babashov at recent flights of Russian air base air  commanders flying helicopters.
There is a rule that airbase commanders from time to time have to pilot helicopters themselves and so they did:
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4 Two Ukrainian ladies tried to smuggle huge antiaircraft gun into Poland

Two Ukrainian ladies tried to smuggle huge antiaircraft gun into Poland

Yesteday it was announced that European Parliament approved visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizen. Same day a report of two Ukrainian ladies trying to smuggle anti-aircraft
gun from Ukraine to Poland appeared in social networks. Two unconnected facts but were looking nice in the news feed. Let's see what they tried to smuggle and how:
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