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Endangered Barracks of Konigsberg

As a result of the Second World War, the northern part of the German province of East Prussia, with its capital Konigsberg, was given to the Soviet Union. The region received name Kaliningrad oblast, the city was renamed Kaliningrad.

The authorities didn’t pay any attention to the heritage of German culture. Old Town was not restored, the castle ruins were demolished in the late 1960s. To this day, the old German buildings are being demolished, such as those barracks 2 Ostpreussisches Grenadier-Regiment Konig Fridrich Wilhelm I №3. Photos by Mykolai Troniewski

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Summer snowfall in Kemerovo

Nature in Russia does not skimp on miracles. It would seem that during the second day of a calendar summer residents of Kemerovo, a city with a population of over 500,000 people located in Siberia, should bask in the sun but instead the nature has awarded them with unexpected snowfall.

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Khabarovsk is the administrative center of the Far Eastern Federal District and Khabarovsk region of Russia. The city is a major economic, transport and logistics, political, and cultural center of the Russian Far East.

The city is standing on the right bank of the Amur River near the border with China. Distance to Moscow by air is about 6100 km, by rail – 8533 km.

Khabarovsk was founded in 1858 and named after the Russian explorer of the 17th century Yerofei Khabarov. Khabarovsk Bridge, as well as rock and monument to Count Muravyov-Amursky are depicted on the 5000 rubles banknote – at the moment it’s the biggest banknote in Russia.

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Beautiful views of Moscow on a frosty day

This winter in Russia is cold. Temperature fell below minus 20 degrees Celsius in many regions of the country, including the capital city. Let’s take a look at Moscow in these cold days. Photos by zubr14

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Murmansk is a city in north-western Russia with a population of 304,000 people, the administrative center of Murmansk region. It is the world’s largest city, located north of the Arctic Circle, in the permafrost zone.

The city stretches for more than 20 kilometers along the rocky coast of the Kola Bay, 50 kilometers from the open sea. The basis of the city’s economy is the Murmansk sea port – one of the largest ice-free ports in Russia. All Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers are assigned to it.


Nice video of Ekaterinburg, the center of the Urals, shot this November when the city was covered by first snow. Ekaterinburg is located in the region with a moderate continental type of climate with special sharp changeable weather and well expressed seasons.

Today the city is a strategically important center of Russia which provides connection between European and Asian parts of the country.

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The Petrovsky Palace was built as stopover palace at the entrance to Moscow from St. Petersburg. It is an example of Russian neo-Gothic architecture.

The palace was built by the order of Catherine II in 1776-1780 after the victory in the Russian-Turkish war of 1768-1774 as a residence for nobility to rest after a long journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Photos by av_otus

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Sochi is a resort city in Russia located on the Black Sea coast of Krasnodar region. Sochi is the largest resort city in the country. Adler district of the city (Adler and Krasnaya Polyana, located 39 km from the coast of the Black Sea) will host the Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Krasnaya Polyana ski resort was opened in 2007. It will hold open air winter sports (cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, bobsled, etc.), while Sochi will host indoor sports (hockey, figure skating, etc.). Also in 2014, it is planned to hold first Grand Prix Formula 1 in Russia here.

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Perm – the region of contrasts

Perm is a city in the east of the European part of Russia, in the foothills of the Urals, the administrative center of Perm Krai. The city is a major industrial, scientific, cultural, and logistic center of the Urals.

Perm was founded in 1723. In 1876, first in the Urals and Siberia railroad was built through the city. In 1979, the city’s population exceeded 1 million people.

In 2009, the authorities of the region started an ambitious project – “Perm – Cultural Capital.” The project significantly increased the number of cultural events held in the city, a lot of various art objects appeared in the streets.

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Time-lapse portrait of Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg (also spelled Yekaterinburg) with the population of about 1.4 million is the fourth largest city in Russia. The city is located 1667 km to the east of Moscow and is one the Russian cities which will host several matches of FIFA World Cup 2018.

As Ekaterinburg city is the main administrative, cultural, scientific, and educational center of the whole Ural region (Ural Federal District), it is also known as “the capital of Ural”. Lately the city is becoming more and more attractive to tourists. There is large international airport “Koltsovo” located nearby.

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