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Saint Petersburg – above the three bridges

Saint Petersburg city has more than 90 rivers and canals (the total length is about 300 km) and about 100 water bodies (lakes, ponds, artificial reservoirs), which are spanned by about 800 bridges (excluding bridges in the territories of industrial enterprises).

That’s why such pictures as this one, where you can simultaneously see three bridges, are not something out of the ordinary, but, at the same time, they are very picturesque. The photo was made by Ivan Turukhano.

Above the three bridges, Saint Petersburg, Russia




Belyany – unique giants of the Volga River

If you ask people in Russia, what is “belyana”, few will be able to answer this question. But only about 100 years ago, these giant ships sailed along the Volga and Vetluga rivers.

Belyana is an unpainted wooden flat-bottomed barge, used for timber floating on the rivers Volga and Kama in the 19th – early 20th centuries. Perhaps, these ships were the most unique river vessels in the world.

Belyana - giant wooden ship, Russia, photo 1

unique wooden ships

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Kamchatka – the land of bears

Kurilskoye Lake, located in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the territory of the South Kamchatka Federal Preserve, is the place with the highest density of bears in Russia.

The lake area is about 77 square kilometers (the third largest lake of Kamchatka), the average depth is 195 meters, the maximum depth is 316 meters.

Kurilskoye Lake bears, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

bears, they are everywhere




Winter sunset in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an incredibly photogenic city with a lot of preserved unique historical buildings. You can make really great pictures. For example, just look at this amazing photo taken by Eduard Gordeev in December 2014.

Winter sunset, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Yesterday, “Leviathan”, a Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film. It happened for the first time in almost fifty years. Probably, it can even win an Oscar for best foreign language film.

In the film, you can see the wonderful landscapes of northern Russia. Let’s see how these places look through the camera lens. The following photos were taken in Karelia Republic and Murmansk region (the Kola Peninsula) by Andrey Grachev.

Karelia and the Kola Peninsula nature, Russia, photo 1

fantastic northern nature

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Multinskiye lakes are located on the northern slope of Katunsky ridge in the Altai Mountains, on the territory of Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Republic.

This cascade of lakes is situated in the upper reaches of the Multa River and its tributaries. It is a unique natural area, a lot of rare species of plants grow here. Also, it is a very beautiful place. See for yourself! The pictures were taken by Anton Petrus

Multinskiye Lakes, Altai, Russia, photo 1

beautiful winter landscapes

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The sky over the northern regions of Russia often presents locals and tourists a colorful show. Let’s look at the beautiful views of the aurora borealis, also known as northern lights, over Murmansk region. The photos were taken by Valentin Zhiganov

Northern lights in the sky over Murmansk region, Russia, photo 1

the sky in a green fire


The Sedov (the Magdalene Vinnen II in 1921-1936, the Kommodore Johnsen in 1936-1948), is a 4-masted steel barque, acquired by the USSR as a war reparation in 1945. She was the largest traditional sailing ship for about eighty years.

Today, the Sedov is used to train cadets from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, and Saint Petersburg universities. Also, she often participates in maritime international events. The photos by Eduard Gordeev

The Sedov barque, Russia, photo 1

frost, sun and beautiful ship

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Happy New Year 2015 !

As new year is round the corner may your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night!

Happy New Year 2015

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This year is coming to an end, and, summing it up, let’s look at the blog posts that were the most popular among our visitors throughout the year.

1. The most popular post of the year was the one about unique futuristic assault rifles created in the late 1950s – early 1960s in the USSR. Impressive examples of Soviet engineering.

Korobov assault rifles, photo 1

most popular posts in 2014

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