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Color photos of Soviet people in the 1950s

In the fifties, Semyon Osipovich Friedland, Soviet photographer and journalist, made a lot of high-quality color photographs in all parts of the Soviet Union.

Thanks to his work, we can now see people’s life in the USSR after World War II. Of course these photos are staged but nevertheless quite interesting from a historical perspective.

Soviet people in the 1950s, photo 1

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky on the Maidan

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oligarch, the first and the world’s most famous political prisoner of the new Russia released just before the Olympics, arrived in Kyiv.

He will read his lecture “Human rights and freedoms” in the Polytechnic Institute. Shortly after arriving in the Ukrainian capital, he walked around the Maidan.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky on the Maidan, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

Khodorkovsky on the Maidan

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Snow apocalypse in Rostov region

Heavy snowfall hit Rostov region on Tuesday, and it was snowing until Friday. January 30, a state of emergency was imposed in the region.

Transport networks and other infrastructure of the two largest towns in the region – Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog – were paralyzed. As a result, supply of food and other goods became irregular. Rostov-on-Don looks like “Rostov-on-Snow” at the moment.

Snow apocalypse in Rostov region, Russia, photo 1

The region buried under the snow

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Chief Russian Father Frost visiting Samara

While people are celebrating Christmas in many countries around the world, we continue to share with you interesting and sometimes very unusual news and photos from Russia.

This scene could be seen in the city of Samara yesterday, December 24. Chief Russian Father Frost (Santa Claus) came to Samara from Veliki Ustyug town (his official residence). Special metal barriers were installed for “safety” reasons.

Chief Russian Father Frost in Samara, photo 1

Safety first?


Why Russians rarely smile? This is one of the questions foreigners often ask about people living in Russia.

The following article about Russian smile and its features reveals this mystery.

Russian Smile - Not the Time to Smile

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Interesting set of photos of Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space. During his life and after death, Yuri Gagarin was shown as the ideal man, the symbol of communism.

But who was he in real life? These rare photos are from the life of the man by the name of Yuri Gagarin.

Physical exercise. Summer 1963.

Yuri Gagarin, photo 1

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The Russian Imperial Army, Part 2

The second part of unique high quality historic photos showing various troops of the land army of the Russian Empire.

The first part of the Russian Imperial Army photos

Russian Imperial Army, photo 28

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The Russian Imperial Army, Part 1

The Russian Imperial Army was the land army of the Russian Empire. Since the second half of the 19th century, the army was formed on the basis of conscription.

The entire male population was subject to compulsory military service from the age of 21. The term of active service in the land army was 6 years, in the Navy – 7 years.

Russian Imperial Army, photo 1

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It is known that Nicholas II was a great family man, a caring husband and father. He didn’t like social events and was spending most of the time with his wife and children.

The whole family enjoyed photography: Nicholas II himself and all his children took a lot of pictures. We present you a collection of photographs from the family archives of the family of the last Russian emperor.

Last Emperor of Russia Family Life photo 1

Greek Prince Nicholas and Russian Emperor Nicholas II (on the top) are fooling around

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The population of the Russian Empire for a period of two centuries of its existence was multinational. In 1917, the country had more than 100 nations, not counting the small ethnic groups.

The Slavic peoples (Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles, Bulgarians and others) accounted for about 75% of the population. In 1913, the total population of the country was about 174 million people; 24.5 million lived in the cities.

Festive and casual clothes in the Russian Empire photo 1

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