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The opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games took place at the Olympic Stadium “Fisht” in Sochi on February 7, 2014. The history of the Russian state was shown in the theatrical part of the ceremony.

Over three thousand dancers, acrobats, actors, aerialists, ballet dancers and singers took part in this show. About three billion people watched the broadcast of the ceremony. Source: drugoi

Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony

photos of the ceremony

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Not so long ago, in St. Petersburg, a new attraction “Grand Model of Russia” has appeared. It is the largest model in Russia (800 square meters) showing cities and towns, forests and seas, people and animals, roads and railways.

The exposition has all key and typical objects of every Russian region. You can see different scenes from the life of the country: moving trains and cars, naval base, spaceport, a shepherd with a flock of sheep, ships at sea, etc. Here is just a small part of the models presented. Photos by deletant

Grand Model of Russia, photo 1

Russia in miniature

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Russian man and his pet bear

Typical Russian story – a man and his pet bear. But in this case it is really cool video that is worth watching. This bear is just like a dog, very big dog.

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September 5-6, 2013, St. Petersburg hosted a meeting of the G-20 countries leaders. At Peterhof (museum, a monument of world architecture and the palace and park art of the 18th-19th centuries located on the territory of St. Petersburg), colorful multimedia performance was shown to the leaders of the countries.

Guests of the summit enjoyed the unusual show with light, lasers, fire, video mapping, pyrotechnics, high-altitude fireworks, special three-dimensional sound effects. Multimedia show was lasting 22 minutes. Photos by Petr Ushanov

G20 Summit 2013 show, Saint Petersburg, Russia photo 1

more colorful photos

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These photos are not fake. At least so say the editors of the newspaper “Kopeysk Worker” published in Kopeysk town (Сhelyabinsk region).

Authors of these photos are American reporters Jack Tewksberry, Ali Sar. For four years, they get into the dressing rooms of Hollywood celebrities and offer to take a picture with the latest issue of the newspaper. Photos from hornews.ru

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp with the Russian newspaper

more slightly surreal photos

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Nowadays, theу Zubr-class military hovercraft of Soviet design is the world’s largest hovercraft.

Its main purpose is to sealift landing assault units (such as marines or tanks) to non-equipped shore like on this photo.

Zubr military hovercraft, Russia

but apparently something went wrong

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Art Park “Nikola-Lenivets”

Nikola-Lenivets is located about 200 km from Moscow – in Kaluga region, on the banks of the river Ugra. Part of its territory belongs to the national park. It is open to creative experimentation and is constantly updated with new art objects.

It is the only in Russia art park with the landscape installations – land art objects made by the best Russian and foreign artists. Many of these objects have become iconic for contemporary art.

Art Park Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia photo 1

more objects of contemporary art

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Alexander Zavaly is a Russian painter, illustrator and stage designer with more than 500 works living in Gelendzhik (Krasnodar region). A lot of his works are included in the collections of national museums, private galleries, both in Russia and abroad.

We would like to present to you a series of his works named “Epical cats”. This series triggers mixed feelings in Russians. You can make your own opinion by looking at these pictures.

"Epical Cats" of Painter Alexander Zavaly picture 1

heroic Russian cats

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“Alye Parusa” (“Scarlet Sails”) is an All-Russian party of school graduates celebrated in St. Petersburg, usually on Saturday closest to the shortest white night. This year’s celebration was held on the night of June 23-24.

The celebration is carried out in two stages: a big concert with elements of theatrical performance at the Dvortsovaya Square and Vasilievsky Island, and Grand light and pyrotechnic multimedia show on the Neva River. Photos by Petr Ushanov

Alye Parusa pyrotechnic show, St. Petersburg, Russia photo 1

enjoy the beautiful show

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Victory Day, May 9, is widely celebrated in Russia, military parades are held in many cities. The main military parade takes place in Moscow on Red Square involving military units representing various kinds of troops and military equipment , warplanes and helicopters.

This year, several military vehicles had cameras allowing us to see the parade as it is seen by the participants. In the video presented below, you can see the highlights of one of the main rehearsals. Quite interesting high definition shots taken from unusual angles. Unfortunately there is some audio interference in the video, but it is still worth watching.

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