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Khotkovo is a town with a population of about 21 thousand people located in Moscow Oblast, about 70 km northeast of the center of Moscow and 14 km southwest of Sergiev Posad.

The town originally appeared as a settlement near the Pokrovsky Khotkov Monastery, first mentioned in 1308. Today, the picturesque ensemble of the Pokrovsky Khotkov Convent is represented by buildings of the 18th-19th centuries. Khotkovo on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

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For many centuries, in a world divided by boundaries and extremely clashing cultures, language has always been the unifying factor. Thanks to the ability to speak more than one language, it is possible to traverse the globe, interacting with people from different parts of the world.

Speaking Russian may not easy for non-Russians, but nearly everyone wants to learn the language. Even before the FIFA World Cup was staged in Russia, people have always enjoyed listening to Russians in blockbuster movies. The accent, the composure, and the oratory skills of Russians is intriguing.

Did you know, you can easily learn Russian and other foreign languages without enrolling in a class? There are multiple new language learning platforms from which you can train and get yourself learning your desired language. Without much ado, we will take a look at five of the best.

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Arkhangelsk – the view from above

Arkhangelsk is a city with a population of about 350 thousand people located in the north of the European part of Russia, at the mouth of the Northern Dvina River, 30-35 kilometers from its confluence with the White Sea. It is the administrative center of Arkhangelsk Oblast and the largest city of the Russian North.

Founded in 1584, this city is traditionally considered the capital of Pomor’e – an original region located on the southern coast of the White Sea, distinguished by its culture and even a special dialect of the Russian language. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

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Russia has gone through a religion upheaval over the past century – from one extreme to the next. Learn all about it and the state of religion in Russia in today.

The population of Russia sits well over 142,000,000 people. Of that population, there are five “traditional” religious groups. These include Christians, Muslims, and Jewish people. While it’s recognized as a multi-faith nation today, religion in Russia hasn’t always been so free.

Russian religion has historically waxed and waned according to the political structures of the time. It’s a complex history that anybody interested in Russia should know more about. Whether you’re a history buff or a general fact fanatic, the facts surrounding religion in Russia make for an incredible story. Keep reading to learn more.

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Volgograd – the city restored from ruins

Volgograd is a city with a population of more than 1 million people located on the bank of the Volga River in the southeast of the European part of Russia, the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast. Until 1925, it was called Tsaritsyn, from 1925 to 1961 – Stalingrad.

This city is known in Russia and abroad as the site of one of the main battles of the Second World War – the Battle of Stalingrad. Several matches of the 2018 World Cup were held here. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

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The advancements in modern technology paved the way for emerging of various types of online entertainment. Unfortunately, not all of these are considered legal in certain countries, such as in Russia, where necessary measures were taken to regulate them.

This is because alongside the benefits brought about by online entertainment came some drawbacks that are avoidable with the proper handling and management. As such, here are some types of online entertainment legal in the country.

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Nizhnevartovsk – the view from above

Nizhnevartovsk is a city with a population of about 276 thousand people located in the east of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra in the central part of the West Siberian Plain.

The city stands on the bank of the Ob River in the immediate vicinity of the Samotlor oil field. Today, it is one of the largest centers of the Russian oil industry. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

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Russia is a beautiful country and there is so much to see and do. From the western palaces of Moscow and St. Petersburg to the beauty of Lake Baikal and the majesty of Vladivostok, there is so much to be seen in Russia.

However, one activity that will always come up short is gambling. Though Russians love their poker, it can be difficult to track down some good gambling games in this vast country. Here is why online gambling is absolutely forbidden in Russia, and where you can go to pick up some games instead.

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Summer Evening in Kazan

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a major port on the left bank of the Volga River, one of the largest economic, scientific, educational, religious, cultural, and sports centers of Russia.

This city, often called the third capital of Russia, is one of the most popular cities for tourists in Russia. Photos by: Kirill Zdorov.

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night lights of Kazan

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Astrakhan, the administrative center of Astrakhan Oblast, is one of the largest and oldest cities in southern Russia included in the list of historical cities of the country.

This city with a population of about half a million people is located in the upper part of the delta of the Volga River, on 11 islands of the Caspian Lowland, about 80 km from the Caspian Sea. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

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fly over the center of Astrakhan

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