In Soviet times, the myth that Russia (the Russian Empire) before 1917 was a backward peasant country without a strong industry and technology became widespread. However, the situation was not so straightforward, and here is one example.
March 19, 1906, by the decree of Emperor Nicholas II, the Navy of the Russian Empire received a new kind of force – military submarines. By 1916, the Russian Navy had 55 submarines.
Submarine of “AG” class on one of the stocks of the Baltic plant
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Everyone knows that a bear’s den is the wintering shelter of bears in the wild. But have you ever seen the inside look of the lair? One student was not lazy, climbed inside and made some measurements. See for yourself!
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Vasya Lozhkin (real name Alexey Kudelin) was born August 18, 1976 in Solnechnogorsk (Moscow region) where he lives to this day. The artist is very popular in the Russian Internet for his paintings in which he ridicules the types of the surrounding reality.
He likes to draw animals, especially cats of all possible and impossible kinds. Here’s an example of the zodiac signs in his performance. The site of Vasya Lozhkin
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“Zyuratkul” is a national park located in the southern part of Satka region of Chelyabinsk oblast, 200 km west of Chelyabinsk. The total area of the park is 88,249 hectares, the length from north to south – 49 km, from east to west – 28 km.
The park preserves unique natural complexes, monuments of nature, history, culture, archeology and other cultural heritage sites. There are such natural sites as the alpine Zyuratkul Lake, Kalagaza and Berezyak rivers, Zyuratkul Pillars rocks and others. Photos by Andrey Grachev
Somewhere on the Pomorsky coast of the Onega Bay of the White Sea (north of Arkhangelsk region), there is an old village called Vorzogory.
The population of the village is only about 100 people and who knows for how long it will exist. It is a very picturesque place with a unique flavor of the Russian North. Photos by Petr Ushanov
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Norilsk is a city located in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, south of the Taimyr Peninsula, about 90 km east of the Yenisei River. Norilsk is the second largest city in the world (after Murmansk) located within the Polar Circle.
It is one of the most environmentally polluted cities in the world. Environmental hazard for the population of Norilsk and its surrounding areas is determined by one of the world’s largest mining and, at the same time, metal-producing plants. Photos by Stepanov Slava
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The town was founded in 1587 as a center for the development of Siberia. From the end of the 16th till the 18th century, it was the main military, administrative, political and religious center of Siberia. Photos by Sergey Dolya
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Scenic view of the Pskov Krom (Kremlin) – the historical and architectural center of one of the oldest cities in Russia. Today, Pskov is the administrative center of Pskov region and an important tourist center of the north-west Russia.
Pskov was first mentioned in chronicles in 903 AD. Prior to the beginning of the 18th century, Pskov was one of the largest cities in Russia and Europe, one of the most important defense and commercial centers of the country. Photo by Victor Peryakin
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Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant is the largest by installed capacity power plant in Russia and the 7th hydropower plant in the world.
The station is located on the Yenisei River, on the border between Krasnoyarsk krai and Khakassia Republic. The unique arch-gravity dam of the station (245 meters) is the highest dam in Russia and one of the highest dams in the world.
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The Catherine Palace is a former imperial palace located in the town of Pushkin (former Tsarskoye Selo), about 25 km from St. Petersburg. This summer residence of the Russian tsars is one of the largest palaces in the vicinity of St. Petersburg.
Construction of the building was started in 1717 by the order of Russian Empress Catherine I. It is an example of the late Baroque. Photos by deletant
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