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Mar/11

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Angry Tweets Present – Three Big Pigs

Great cartoon on the topic of the day made by Zhgun.

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In today’s Russia, Aleksei Navalny has managed to attract a vast audience with his Web site RosPil.info. It posts documents about state tenders and asks for public input on matters like the fairness of the prices or the deadlines.

The site’s name means Russian Saw. It features an image of two headed Russian eagle – the state symbol – absurdly grasping two carpenter saws in its talons. Why saws? Russian slang for taking a kickback is to “saw off” a piece of the contract. More about Aleksei Navalny in the article of The New York Times.

RosPil.info logo

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Mar/11

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Unusually heavy spring snowfall

Just captured this snowfall, it was short but very heavy.

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Mar/11

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Ancient kremlin of Velikiy Novgorod

A lot of monuments of ancient architecture were preserved in Velikiy Novgorod. The oldest of them is St. Sophia Cathedral, which construction started in 1045.

The cathedral is located inside the Kremlin – the historic center of the city (the present day walls were erected in the 15th century). The photos were captured by Petr Ushanov.

Velikiy Novgorod, Russia kremlin view 1

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Mar/11

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Derbent city page was added

Derbent is one of the most ancient “live” cities in the world. The first settlements were founded there in early bronze epoch – at the end of 4,000 B.C.

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Mar/11

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The spaceship named after Yuri Gagarin

Spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21with the crew of a new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to be launched from 5 to 7 April from Baikonur. The crew of spacecraft consists of Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrei Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Ronald Garan.

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight (April 12), the spaceship was named after the first cosmonaut of the Earth. You can learn much more about what it’s like to fly into space by visiting SpaceFeelings.com

Soyuz spacecraft view

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Mar/11

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Amazing house of Russian blacksmith

In the village of Kunary (Nevyanskiy district of Sverdlovsk oblast) there is an incredibly beautiful and amazing house. The house is the handwork of blacksmith Sergey Kirillov.

Here you can see the domes of churches, crosses, doves, coat of arms of the USSR, kittens, flowers, children and thousands of different cute flourishes. As a result of nationwide contest of amateur wooden architecture in 1999, the house of Kirillov Sergey Ivanovich was recognized as the best in Russia. The photos by daypic.ru

Russian blacksmith house view 1

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Kolomna is a city in the Moscow region of Russia, administrative center of the Kolomna district, a river port.

The city was mentioned in the Laurentian Chronicle in 1177 as an existing, but according to recent excavations the foundation of the city belongs to the years 1140-1160.

Kolomna city, Russia view 1

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Mar/11

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Living in Russian dormitory

These photos were taken by a student living in typical Russian dorm.

Russian dormitory scenery 1

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Mar/11

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How it was in Chernobyl

Let’s hope that something like this will not happen again.

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