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Divers found the historical Russian mini-submarine “Som” (“Catfish”) that disappeared during the First World War near the coast of Sweden.

May 10, 1916, while carrying out patrols in the area of Aland Islands, the submarine collided with the Swedish steamer “Ingermanland” and sank. None of the crew of the submarine (18 people) survived.

Russian submarine "Som" ("Catfish")

One hundred years later…


The Hermitage is a park pavilion built in the Baroque style in the Catherine’s Park in Tsarskoye Selo, the former Russian imperial country residence located near St. Petersburg.

The pavilion, constructed in 1744-1754, served for entertainment meetings of the courtiers. The Hermitage combines white columns, pilasters, architraves, pale turquoise walls and a number of gold-plated elements. Sixty-four decorative columns, stucco garlands, masks, lush window frames don’t leave smooth surfaces. Photos by: deletant.

The Hermitage Pavilion, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia, photo 1

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Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire

In Soviet times, the myth that Russia (the Russian Empire) before 1917 was a backward peasant country without a strong industry and technology became widespread. However, the situation was not so straightforward, and here is one example.

March 19, 1906, by the decree of Emperor Nicholas II, the Navy of the Russian Empire received a new kind of force – military submarines. By 1916, the Russian Navy had 55 submarines.

Submarine of “AG” class on one of the stocks of the Baltic plant

Submarine fleet of the Russian Empire, photo 1

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The Russian Imperial Army, Part 2

The second part of unique high quality historic photos showing various troops of the land army of the Russian Empire.

The first part of the Russian Imperial Army photos

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The Russian Imperial Army, Part 1

The Russian Imperial Army was the land army of the Russian Empire. Since the second half of the 19th century, the army was formed on the basis of conscription.

The entire male population was subject to compulsory military service from the age of 21. The term of active service in the land army was 6 years, in the Navy – 7 years.

Russian Imperial Army, photo 1

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I would like to share with you the following interesting set of historic photos.

These photographs made by Detroit Photographic Company are showing the visit of the warships of the Russian Empire to the U.S. to take part in naval maneuvers in 1892.

The armored frigate “Admiral Nakhimov”

The Russian Empire warships in 1893, photo 1

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It is known that Nicholas II was a great family man, a caring husband and father. He didn’t like social events and was spending most of the time with his wife and children.

The whole family enjoyed photography: Nicholas II himself and all his children took a lot of pictures. We present you a collection of photographs from the family archives of the family of the last Russian emperor.

Last Emperor of Russia Family Life photo 1

Greek Prince Nicholas and Russian Emperor Nicholas II (on the top) are fooling around

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The population of the Russian Empire for a period of two centuries of its existence was multinational. In 1917, the country had more than 100 nations, not counting the small ethnic groups.

The Slavic peoples (Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles, Bulgarians and others) accounted for about 75% of the population. In 1913, the total population of the country was about 174 million people; 24.5 million lived in the cities.

Festive and casual clothes in the Russian Empire photo 1

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The second part of the beautiful color photos of the Russian Empire captured by Sergey Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky in the beginning of the 20th century.
First part of the photos.

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Sergey Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky – Russian photographer, chemist, inventor, publisher, educator, and social activist. He made a significant contribution to the development of photography and cinematography. He was also a pioneer of color photography in Russia.

Prokudin-Gorsky captured in color photographs the Russian Empire of his day; its culture, history, and modernization.

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