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Dec/16

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Astrakhan – the view from above

Astrakhan is a city in Russia with a population of about 532 thousand people. The oldest economic and cultural center of the Lower Volga and the Caspian region, it is the capital of Astrakhan oblast.

The city is located in the upper part of the delta of the Volga River, on 11 islands of the Caspian depression. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Astrakhan from above, Russia, photo 1

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Nov/16

26

Kaliningrad – the view from above

Kaliningrad oblast is the westernmost region of Russia separated from the main territory of the country and surrounded by Poland and Lithuania.

The history of the city formerly known as Konigsberg has more than 760 years. In 1255, the Teutonic Knights built a castle here. Later, Konigsberg became the fortified capital of East Prussia. It was badly damaged during the Second World War. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Kaliningrad from above, Russia, photo 1

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Nov/16

10

Yoshkar-Ola – the view from above

Yoshkar-Ola is a city in Russia with a population of about 265 thousand people, the capital of the Republic of Mari El. The city’s name translated from the Mari language means “red city”.

It was founded as a military fortification in the center of the Volga-Vyatka region in 1584. Until 1919, the town was called Tsarevokokshaisk, in 1919-1927 – Krasnokokshaisk. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Yoshkar-Ola city, Russia, photo 1

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Oct/16

29

Krasnodar – the view from above

Krasnodar is a city with a population of more than 800 thousand people located in the south of Russia, on the banks of the Kuban River, about 120-150 kilometers from the Black and Azov Seas.

This city, the administrative center of the Krasnodar region, is often called the capital of southern Russia. Krasnodar is located on the so-called “golden line” – the 45th parallel, between the North Pole and the equator. The climate in the area is considered to be the most suitable for life. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Krasnodar from above, Russia, photo 1

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This beautiful wooden church, Church of the Transfiguration, was built in 1786. It is located in a small village of Posad (the central part of the village of Turchasovo) in the Onega district of the Arkhangelsk region.

To get to this village with a population of only about 100 people, you can either go by boat or over the ice in winter. Transfiguration Church in Posad on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexandr Lipilin.

Transfiguration Church in Posad (Turchasovo), Russia, photo 1

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Tsakhur is a small village with a population of about 500 people located in a picturesque place in the south of Dagestan, in the Rutulsky district, a few kilometers from the border with Azerbaijan.

The village is situated in the valley of the Samur River, Dagestan’s second largest river. From the 7th to the 16th centuries, it was the capital of the Tsakhur Khanate that avoided the Mongol conquest. Tsakhur on Google Maps. Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Tsakhur village in Dagestan, Caucasus, Russia, photo 1

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Krasnoye (meaning “red”) is a village with a population of about 400 people located in Staritsa district of the Tver region, 20 kilometers north-west of the town of Staritsa.

In the second half of the 18th century, M.F. Poltoratsky, the owner of the manor in Krasnoye, decided to replace the old wooden church and built a new one.

Transfiguration Church, Krasnoye, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

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Oct/16

5

Abandoned greenhouse complex near Moscow

This greenhouse complex, consisting of dozens of greenhouses and located somewhere in the Moscow region, was opened in the 1960s. It was used to grow a variety of plants (annual flowers, perennial trees, shrubs) for landscaping of Moscow and several cities in the region.

Several years ago, the complex stopped working and eventually became an abandoned object with a crazy atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world. Photos by: Lana Sator.

Abandoned greenhouse complex near Moscow, Russia, photo 1

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Oct/16

2

Volgograd – the view from above

Volgograd is a city with a population of over 1 million people located in the southeast of the European part of Russia. Volgograd has the title of Hero City because the Battle of Stalingrad took place here during the Second World War.

The city’s uniqueness is in its length. Volgograd stretches along the banks of the Volga for about 120 km. This is one of the longest cities in the world. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Volgograd from above, Russia, photo 1

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Sep/16

25

Ozernaya Cave in Adygeya

This little-known cave is located on the ridge Azish-Tau in the north-eastern part of the plateau Lago-Naki in the Republic of Adygeya, near the hotel named after this ridge and the ski lift.

The cave is relatively small, but has an unusually large concentration of speleothems commonly known as cave formations.

Ozernaya Cave, Adygeya, Russia, photo 1

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