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Norilsk, with a population of more than 175,000 people, is located in the Arctic Circle. It is ranked seventh in the list of the most polluted cities in the world. About 60 percent of its population is employed in the metallurgical industry.

Elena Chernyshova, a Russian documentary photographer based in France, lived in Norilsk for a few months photographing the life of the city.

Life in Norilsk city, Russia, photo 1

pretty harsh place for life

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This news is from the series “This is possible only in Russia.”

October 22, at 03:32 in the morning, an unknown person entered the territory of the train depot Lobnya (about 15 km from Moscow), climbed into the cabin of one of the trains, started the engine and escaped.

Train crash, Moscow region, Russia, photo 1

but something went wrong

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According to the words of Maxim Ksenzov, the deputy head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Mass Media, Twitter and Facebook can be blocked in minutes in the country and his agency “does not see big risks” in this. This news caused a great public outcry yesterday.

Today, after the words of Prime Minister that such statements are unacceptable, he was reprimanded. However, this does not negate the fact that he told the truth – to block these social networks in Russia only an order from the top is needed. Caricature by zhgun

Twitter Russia Zhgun

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Dec/13

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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?

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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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In Russia, there is a phrase “Potemkin villages” which means fake things made to impress. It originates from a historical myth of fake villages built on the orders of Prince Potemkin along the route of the Russian Empress Catherine II during her visit in the northern Black Sea region in 1787.

In a remote region recently captured during the war with the Ottoman Empire, she saw numerous buildings, troops, prosperous population. These achievements surprised not only the Empress, but also foreigners, who were traveling with her.

Suzdal Russia - Potemkin Villages, photo 1

centuries later…

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Aug/13

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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

Endangered Barracks of Konigsberg, Kaliningrad, Russia photo 1

lost heritage

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A few days ago, in Perm, the festival of arts “White Nights” started. An exhibition of Krasnoyarsk artist Vasily Slonov “Welcome! Sochi 2014” was one of the participants of the festival. A couple of days later, it was closed by the local authorities.

Officials found the exhibition Russophobian and defaming the Olympics in Sochi, said the organizer of the festival Marat Gelman. However, he said, the exhibition will be reopened in the independent cultural center “Rechnik” today.

Exhibition "Welcome! Sochi 2014", Perm, Russia caricature 1

More caricatures of the Sochi 2014 Olympics

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According to the statistics of Russia’s traffic police, 99868 road accidents with victims happened in Russia in 2011. In comparison with 2010 the number of accidents increased by 0.2%.

The number of victims that died in car crashes in 2011 was 27953 people – 1386 people more than a year earlier (5.2%). 251848 people were injured in crashes – the number increased by 1213 (0.5%).

The most frequent cause of accidents on the roads is a violation of traffic rules by drivers. The total number of recorded traffic violations in 2011 increased by 4% and amounted to 57.2 million cases.

In 2011, in Moscow, 11827 road accidents were registered, 701 people died. As an example, I would like to bring the following video from the streets of Moscow. Try to count the number of traffic violations occurred within a few seconds. Warning! Offensive language.

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Feb/12

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Soviet propaganda – the beginning

Soviet propaganda is propaganda of communist ideas and the Soviet way of life. It was carried out deliberately and centrally under the direction of the Communist Party and was officially called the ideological work, educating the masses, etc.

The propaganda combined the universal values (freedom, social justice), and patriotism. Propaganda was conducted through the media, books, movies, theater, and visual art. Today it is the part of Soviet cultural heritage.

Let’s take a look at how it all began during the Civil War and establishing of Soviet power in 1917-1923.

Soviet propaganda - the beginning poster 1

Death to world imperialism!

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