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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.

Volgograd city, Russia, photo 1

fly over Volgograd


Oleg Dmitriyevich Kononenko is the 102nd cosmonaut of Russia and the 473rd cosmonaut of the world. As of April 2019, he is on the International Space Station and during the three previous flights he already spent 533 days in space.

From the ISS, he took a lot of photographs of various regions of the Earth. Let’s see how the cities of Russia look at night from orbit. Source: Roscosmos.

Moscow – the capital of Russia.

Cities of Russia at Night from Space - Moscow

Russian cities from space

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The final part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. The matches will be played at 12 stadiums in 11 cities. Let’s take a look at these stadiums and the matches they will host. Construction work is still ongoing in several stadiums. Photos by:

Matches of the World Cup 2018 at the Krestovsky Stadium also known as Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

June, 15, 18:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match 4: Morocco – Iran
June, 19, 21:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match 17: Russia – Egypt
June, 22, 15:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match: 25: Brazil – Costa Rica
June, 26, 21:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match 39: Nigeria – Argentina
July, 3, 17:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match 55: Winners Group F – Runners-up Group E (Round of 16)
July, 10, 21:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match 61: Winners Match 57 – Winners Match 58 (Semi-finals)
July, 14, 17:00 MSK (UTC+3) – Match 63: Losers Match 61 – Losers Match 62 (Third place play-off)

Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

stadiums and matches of the World Cup 2018

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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

fly over Volgograd


Eleven host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, that will be held in Russia, got their unique symbols to demonstrate to the world their cultural values, architectural features, and natural beauty.

The idea is good but the result as you can see is controversial. This giant red snake looks a little intimidating. Source.


Official Look of Host Cities of World Cup 2018 in Russia - Moscow

symbols of World Cup 2018

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Volgograd speed underground tram

Volgograd speed tram (Metrotram) is a transport system with 22 stations carrying about 10 million passengers annually.

7.1 km long section is built under the city center. Volgograd city speed tram is one of the most interesting tram routes in the world. Photo by

Volgograd speed underground tram, Russia

unique tram in action




Athletic parade in Stalingrad in May 1945

In the archives of Russia there are a lot of unique photographs. There are high-quality color photographs of the USSR before and during the Second World War.

For example, here are the photos of athletic parade in Stalingrad in May 1945 (author – Mark Redkin). The Battle of Stalingrad is considered the largest land battle of the Second World War and the key battle on the Eastern Front.

Athletic parade, Stalingrad, USSR, May 1945 photo 1





Volgograd city cats heating system

As the cold weather comes to Russian cities the heating season begins and the following sceneries become more common. The part of Volgograd city heating system was left without proper insulation and the local cats immediately occupied the source of precious heat :)

Volgograd city, Russia cats heating system view 1





Dancing Bridge in Volgograd

The accident happened yesterday (May 20) with the new bridge across the Volga river situated in Vologograd city. The bridge was opened in October 2009 and it is one of the longest and most complicated structures of such types in Russia. All the traffic was immediately stopped.

According to the eyewitnesses accounts the amplitude of fluctuations was about 2 meters. There is no information if the bridge was damaged and if it is possible to reopen it.