Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – the City of Volcanoes
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
2w ago
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a city in Russia, the administrative center of Kamchatka Krai. It is located on the southeastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the shores of Avacha Bay of the Pacific Ocean. The distance to Moscow in a straight line is almost 6,800 km. The population of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is about 163 thousand people, slightly more than half of the total population of the region. The elevation difference in the city is 513.6 meters from sea level (Avacha Bay) to the top of Mount Rakova. Photos by: Slava Stepanov. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky lies south of Moscow and on the ..read more
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Tobolsk – One of the Most Beautiful Cities in Siberia
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
1M ago
Tobolsk is a city in Russia with a population of about 100 thousand people, located at the confluence of the Tobol and the Irtysh rivers, about 250 km northeast of Tyumen. It was founded as the center of the development of Siberia in 1587, about 17 km from the Tatar settlement of Sibier (also known as Kashlyk, Isker), the capital of the Siberian Khanate (1468-1598). From the end of the 16th to the 18th centuries, it was the main military, administrative, political, and religious center of Siberia. Today, Tobolsk is the second most populous city in Tyumen Oblast. Photos by: Anton Petrus. Since ..read more
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Where to Play Poker Malaysia
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
2M ago
Discover vibrant poker scenes in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Malacca, and Genting Highlands, offering competitive tournaments, diverse game options, and luxurious settings. From upscale poker rooms in city centers to high-stakes experiences with panoramic views, Malaysia caters to all levels of players. The thriving poker culture in different regions provides unique opportunities for immersive gaming experiences and professional tournament structures. Explore these top destinations to elevate your poker gameplay and immerse yourself in the excitement of Malaysia’s diverse poker landscap ..read more
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Severnaya Zemlya – the Last Major Geographical Discovery on Earth
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
2M ago
Severnaya Zemlya (literally “Northern Land”, until 1926 – Land of Emperor Nicholas II) is an archipelago located in the central part of the Arctic Ocean north of the Taimyr Peninsula on the border of the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea. This is the northernmost part of Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia. The archipelago consists of 4 large islands (October Revolution, Komsomolets, Bolshevik, Pioneer) and a number of small ones. The area of Severnaya Zemlya is about 37 thousand square km. The length from north to south is 380 km, from west to east – 340 km. There is no permanent population on the islands ..read more
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The Motives of Russian Architecture in 1873-1880
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
3M ago
“The Motives of Russian Architecture” was a magazine published in St. Petersburg from 1873 to 1880. It published projects of residential buildings, public buildings, furniture and decor created by followers of the Russian style. The goal of this movement was to revive the techniques and motifs of old Russian architecture. After a series of European revolutions in 1848-1849, known as the Spring of Nations, the middle class was quickly becoming rich. They strived to have luxurious and rich interiors. Workshops and factories producing furniture and interior items tried to please wealthy customers ..read more
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The Dolgiye Mountains – One of the Most Beautiful Places in Orenburg Oblast
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
4M ago
The Dolgiye Mountains is one of the southern spurs of the Ural Mountains, stretching 14 km from north to south from the Ural River to the Sakmara River, on the 135th km of the Orenburg – Orsk highway. The mountains are not high, but for the surrounding steppe terrain they look quite impressive and from a height they look like the backbone of a huge dragon. The Dolgiye Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Slava Stepanov. The Ural Mountains are among the oldest in the world. The Dolgiye Mountains were formed about 250-300 million years ago. The maximum height of the ridge is 414 meters above se ..read more
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Unique 15-domed Church of St. John the Baptist in Yaroslavl
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
5M ago
The Church of John the Baptist in Yaroslavl is an inactive Orthodox church, a unique monument of Russian architecture of the 17th century and one of the most famous works of the Yaroslavl school of architecture during its peak period. It is located in the southern part of Yaroslavl, on the right bank of the Kotorosl River. This church is a monument of history and culture of world importance included in the UNESCO cultural heritage list. It was built in 1671-1687. Its 45-meter bell tower was built in the Moscow Baroque style in 1690. This is the only church in Russia with fifteen domes, divided ..read more
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Fairy-tale park-courtyard “Vikhlyandiya” in Kozelsk
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
7M ago
The private fairy-tale park-courtyard “Vikhlyandiya” in the town of Kozelsk, Kaluga Oblast, is a unique architectural work of art, born of a creative tandem of the local entrepreneur-philanthropist Vladimir Vikhlyandtsev (whose last name gave the name to the complex) and the architect-artist Vladimir Kolesnikov. There are no analogues of such a fabulous complex anywhere else in Russia. This fairy-tale kingdom has already become one of the sights of Kozelsk. Vikhlyandiya is especially popular among families with children. Vikhlyandiya on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Lipetskikh. The const ..read more
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Educating Readers in the USSR in 1926-1929
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
8M ago
Propaganda in the USSR was diverse and covered almost all spheres of life. For example, the following posters educated Soviet people how to properly handle books. Pictures by humus. 1926. Protect the book from rain and snow. 1926. Return the book – others are waiting for it. 1926. The book is not a pocket. 1926. The book is not a kitchen accessory. 1926. Do not cut out pages and drawings. 1926. Do not bend the book and do not roll it up. 1926. Do not read while eating. 1926. Your inscriptions prevent others from reading the book. 1929. How to cut the book. Not with a finger, not with a ..read more
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Color photos of Suzdal in 1912
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by Sergei Rzhevsky
9M ago
Suzdal is a small town-reserve with a population of about 9,300 people located in the northern part of Vladimir Oblast in the center of the European Russia. It is one of the oldest towns in the country, first mentioned in written sources about 1,000 years ago. Let’s see what Suzdal looked like in the relatively recent past, in the last years of the Russian Empire. In 1912, it was visited by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, a Russian chemist and photographer known for his pioneering work in color photography. At that time, the population of Suzdal was about 7,700 people. Photos by: Open research project ..read more
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