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Altai is a true sanctuary of wild flowers. You can easily find large flower meadows of all colors – from bright orange to sky blue.

Most of the following photos were made during a trip on the Ukok plateau located in the extreme south of the Altai Republic, on the border of Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Russia. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Forget-me-nots.

Wild flowers, Altai, Russia, photo 1

beautiful Altai scenery

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Vyborg, a city in Russia with a population of about 80 thousand people, is located in the Leningrad region, near the border with Finland and 120 kilometers from St. Petersburg.

The city, founded as a fortress by the Swedes in 1293, is the only historical settlement in the region.

Vyborg Castle, Russia, photo 1

Vyborg Castle at different times of the day

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Vladivostok Shrouded in Dense Summer Fog

Vladivostok is a large city and seaport located in the Russian Far East, on the peninsula Muraviev-Amur and islands in Peter the Great Bay, Sea of ​​Japan.

The climate in the city is monsoon. One of its characteristics is the formation of dense fog that can envelop the city for several days. Up to 90% of foggy days are registered from April to August.

Foggy day in Vladivostok, Russia, photo 1

foggy day in Vladivostok

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In the Caucasus, there are so many interesting places, and one of them is Lago-Naki Plateau located in the Western Caucasus, at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level.

Almost the entire territory of the plateau, known for its alpine meadows, is part of the Maikop District of the Republic of Adygea.

Lago-Naki Plateau, Caucasus, Russia, photo 1

pristine nature of the Caucasus

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Kazan Kremlin is the oldest part of Kazan, a complex of architectural, historical and archaeological sites that reveal the long history of the city. It is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

August 30 is the official day of the city of Kazan and Tatarstan Republic. Festive events in honor of this day usually end with colorful fireworks. Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Kazan Kremlin, fireworks on the City Day, Russia, photo 1

fireworks over the Kazan Kremlin

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Omsk – the view from above

Omsk is one of the largest cities in Russia and the second largest city in Siberia after Novosibirsk. In 2015, the city’s population was about 1.2 million people.

Omsk was founded at the confluence of the rivers Irtysh and Om in 1716. It was a fortress defending the southern border of the country. The main development of the city occurred in the 20th century. In 2016, Omsk celebrates its 300th anniversary. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Omsk from above, Russia, photo 1

fly over Omsk

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Vvedenye is a small village with a population of about 500 people located in the Shuyskiy district of the Ivanovo region, about 10 km north-west of the town of Shuya and 32 km from Ivanovo, the regional capital.

This is one of the most interesting villages of the Ivanovo region with a rich history and a number of temple complexes. The history of the village is directly connected with Nikolo-Shartomskiy monastery founded in the 14th century.

Morning in Vvedenye village, Ivanovo region, Russia, photo 1

one foggy morning in Russian province

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Explore the Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg

The State Art-Architectural Palace-Park Museum-Reserve “Pavlovsk” is a palace and park ensemble of the late 18th – early 19th centuries, located in the town of Pavlovsk, a suburb of St. Petersburg.

The centerpiece of the complex is the Pavlovsk Palace, the summer palace of Paul I, Emperor of the Russian Empire in 1796-1801.

Pavlovsk Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

incredible luxury

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The Flooded Bell Tower of Kalyazin

Kalyazin is a small town with a population of about 13 thousand people located in the Tver region, on the right bank of the Volga River (Uglich Reservoir), 200 km from Moscow and 160 km from Tver.

In 1939-1940, part of the territory of the old town, including all the main historical and architectural monuments, was flooded during the construction of the Uglich hydroelectric power station.

Flooded bell tower, Kalyazin, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

the bell tower in the middle of the Volga

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Tiksi – the sea gate of Yakutia

Tiksi is an urban village with a population of about 4,500 people and one of the main ports in Russian Arctic. It is the northernmost settlement on the territory of Yakutia and the fourth northernmost settlement of the country.

This urban village is located above the Arctic Circle, to the east of the mouth of the Lena River, on the coast of the Tiksi Bay in the Laptev Sea. Tiksi on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Dolya.

Tiksi, Yakutia, Russia, photo 1

harsh life of the Russian North

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