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Eleven host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, that will be held in Russia, got their unique symbols to demonstrate to the world their cultural values, architectural features, and natural beauty.

The idea is good but the result as you can see is controversial. This giant red snake looks a little intimidating. Source.

Moscow

Official Look of Host Cities of World Cup 2018 in Russia - Moscow

symbols of World Cup 2018

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Prirazlomnoye oil field, located about 60 km from the coast on the shelf of the Pechora Sea, was opened in 1989. The sea depth in the area of the field is 19-20 meters.

Today, thanks to technological advances, oil production is conducted here with the help of the world’s first stationary Arctic oil platform called “Prirazlomnaya”, 320 km north-east of Naryan-Mar (the Nenets Autonomous District). Photos by: Alexander Cheban.

Oil production on the shelf in the Russian Arctic, photo 1

visit Prirazlomnaya platform

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One of the most amazing natural phenomenon that you can see in the north is of course the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

The following photos were taken near Teriberka – a village located in the Murmansk region on the coast of the Kola Peninsula. It is the only place reachable by road, where you can see the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Teriberka on Google Maps. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

The sky in shades of emerald in northern Russia, photo 1

beautiful emerald sky

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Winter in Perm city – the view from above

Perm is a city with a population of more than 1 million people located in the east of the European part of Russia, in the Urals, the administrative center of Perm Krai.

It is a major industrial, scientific, cultural, and logistics center of the Urals founded in 1723. Perm is the third largest city of Russia in terms of land area stretching along the Kama River for 70 km. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Winter Perm city from above, Russia, photo 1

fly over Perm

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Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944) was a Russian photographer, chemist, and inventor, who made a significant contribution to the development of photography and cinematography and was a pioneer of color photography in Russia.

In 1909-1916, Prokudin-Gorsky traveled a large part of the Russian Empire, photographing ancient churches, monasteries, factories, towns, villages, and a variety of domestic scenes.

The town of Zubtsova on the Volga River (1910).

Color panoramas of the Russian Empire, photo 1

back to the past

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In the vast expanses of Russia, you can find almost everything – amazingly beautiful natural sites and diverse works of human hands.

Probably the strangest of these creations are bizarre and often creepy self-made toys standing in the open air almost anywhere where people live.

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weird Russian outdoor toys

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Majestic churches of Tambov in spring

Late spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Russia – the weather is already warm, streets has been cleaned after winter, and you are surrounded by greenery and flowers.

For example, let’s visit Tambov, a city with a population of about 300 thousand people located 460 kilometers south-east of Moscow, and enjoy the views of the local places of worship in spring. Photos by: Pavel Labutin.

Majestic churches of Tambov, Russia in spring, photo 1

stroll through Tambov

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The amazing beauty of Lake Akkem

Akkem is a lake situated in Altai mountains, at the foot of the northern slope of Mount Belukha, in the territory of Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Republic. Ak-kem means “white water” in the Altai language.

The lake, elongated from north to south, is fed by melt water of Akkem glacier. The length of the lake is 1,350 meters, the width – 610 m., the average depth – 7.8 m. Lake Akkem is a natural monument and part of the National Park “Belukha” created in 1997. Lake Akkem on Google Maps. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Lake Akkem, Altai Republic, Russia, photo 1

explore the beautiful lake

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Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug from above

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug or simply Yugra is located in the heart of Russia – in the north of Western Siberia. It is the main oil and natural gas region of the country and one of the largest oil producing regions in the world (about 60% of Russian oil).

Yugra climate is equivalent to the climate of the Far North. This region is the native place of indigenous peoples of the Khanty and Mansi. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug from above, Siberia, Russia, photo 1

fly over Yugra

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The Museum-Reserve Peterhof is a monument of world architecture and palace-park art located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland in the town of Peterhof in Petrodvorets district of St. Petersburg.

Peterhof includes several palace and park ensembles, formed in the 18th – the beginning of the 20th centuries. It looks especially colorful in late spring when the tulips bloom. Photos by: Yuri Yuhanson.

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spring in Peterhof

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