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Yesterday, “Leviathan”, a Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film. It happened for the first time in almost fifty years. Probably, it can even win an Oscar for best foreign language film.

In the film, you can see the wonderful landscapes of northern Russia. Let’s see how these places look through the camera lens. The following photos were taken in Karelia Republic and Murmansk region (the Kola Peninsula) by Andrey Grachev.

Karelia and the Kola Peninsula nature, Russia, photo 1

fantastic northern nature

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Multinskiye lakes are located on the northern slope of Katunsky ridge in the Altai Mountains, on the territory of Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Republic.

This cascade of lakes is situated in the upper reaches of the Multa River and its tributaries. It is a unique natural area, a lot of rare species of plants grow here. Also, it is a very beautiful place. See for yourself! The pictures were taken by Anton Petrus

Multinskiye Lakes, Altai, Russia, photo 1

beautiful winter landscapes

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The sky over the northern regions of Russia often presents locals and tourists a colorful show. Let’s look at the beautiful views of the aurora borealis, also known as northern lights, over Murmansk region. The photos were taken by Valentin Zhiganov

Northern lights in the sky over Murmansk region, Russia, photo 1

the sky in a green fire


The Sedov (the Magdalene Vinnen II in 1921-1936, the Kommodore Johnsen in 1936-1948), is a 4-masted steel barque, acquired by the USSR as a war reparation in 1945. She was the largest traditional sailing ship for about eighty years.

Today, the Sedov is used to train cadets from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, and Saint Petersburg universities. Also, she often participates in maritime international events. The photos by Eduard Gordeev

The Sedov barque, Russia, photo 1

frost, sun and beautiful ship

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Happy New Year 2015 !

As new year is round the corner may your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night!

Happy New Year 2015

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This year is coming to an end, and, summing it up, let’s look at the blog posts that were the most popular among our visitors throughout the year.

1. The most popular post of the year was the one about unique futuristic assault rifles created in the late 1950s – early 1960s in the USSR. Impressive examples of Soviet engineering.

Korobov assault rifles, photo 1

most popular posts in 2014

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Cubism theme from the previous post about the Russian army has received an unexpected continuation. The trend has gone further and has already reached the very heart of Russia – Red Square in Moscow.

Because of restoration work, Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin, for the first time in modern history, has become a constructivist object. Red Square looks very unusual now. Also, New Year’s Fair is held in the square these days. The photos were taken by periskop

Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin - the object of constructivism, Moscow, Russia, photo 1

unique view of Red Square




Cubism in the Russian army

In Russia, there are many sayings and proverbs dedicated to idiocy that often occurs in the army. For example, “people, served in the army, don’t laugh in the circus” or “in the army, they carry round things and roll square ones”, etc.

And here’s one example. In winter, when the territory of the army garrisons is covered with deep snow, soldiers are often busy making these nice looking snowdrifts – square snowdrifts.

Square snowdrifts, the army of Russia, photo 1

square paradise

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Winter in Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod (often called just “Nizhny” in spoken language) is a city in Russia, the administrative center of the Volga Federal District and Nizhny Novgorod region.

It is located in the center of the East European Plain, at the confluence of the Oka and the Volga rivers. Nizhny Novgorod is an important economic and industrial center of Russia, a major transport hub.

Winter in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, photo 1

Nizhny Novgorod in the evening


Russian nature is known for its diversity. The nature of the Russian North occupies a special place in this variety.

Let’s look at the wonderful scenery of the severe nature of northern Karelia (Karelia Republic) and the Kola Peninsula (Murmansk region). Photos by Andrey Grachev

Northern Karelia and the Kola Peninsula, Russia, photo 1

northern landscapes

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