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article thumbnail9,000 km on two wheels: What does it take to do the longest cycling race?

Scroll down to see moreReutersMany people dream about going on a Trans-Siberian railway journey, all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok. But would you dare to cycle those 9,000 km?ReutersProbably only superheroes would. Ten participants (eight men an [ ... ]


article thumbnailOn this day: Sheremetyevo International Airport was opened

On Aug. 11, 1959 a Tupolev Tu-104 aircraft flying from Leningrad landed in Sheremetyevo. This day is considered the official birthday of Sheremetyevo International Airport.On June 1, 1960 the first international flight set off from Sheremetyevo to Be [ ... ]


article thumbnailHow Moscow’s Metro became part of Game of Thrones

Russian artist Sergey Samoylov, who works under the pseudonym Samuel Rosto, took a map of Moscow’s Metro, laid it over a map of Westeros and Essos (fictional places from Game of Thrones), and discovered something amazing.Okhotny Ryad station became [ ... ]


article thumbnailDon’t miss the opportunity to see St. Petersburg’s rooftops risk free

Wannabe “roofers” can now scale St. Petersburg’s buildings in safety after the authorities green-lighted the installation of handrails and footpaths on three building tops in the Russian city. People will even be able to get guided tours.“Roo [ ... ]


article thumbnailGiant whale gets stuck in a river mouth in Russia’s Far East

Whale stuck in a river mouth / Sergey DolyaEver tried squeezing through a gap (or a tight pair of jeans) and getting stuck, realizing far too late that you are in fact way too big? Well, this Greenland right whale - or Russian whale to Americans - fo [ ... ]


article thumbnailA Tu-154 over Washington: How Russia and the U.S. enhance cooperation

A Russian spy plane was seen flying over Washington on Aug. 9. According to the Pentagon, the Tu-154 aircraft looked down from an altitude of one km above the White House. Was Moscow allowed to do this? Yes. In 2002 the Treaty of Open Skies was signe [ ... ]


article thumbnailReanimating Slavic gods: The man who breathes life into deities

The Kalinin bridge, the location of a legendary fight of the Russian bogatyrs against Zmey Gorynych / Igor OzhiganovThese stunning pictures of Slavic mythological characters were created by a Russian artist from Yoshkar-Ola in the Mari El Republic i [ ... ]


article thumbnailWhy did Russian officials order 70 fidget spinners?

Fidget spinners are taking the world by storm at the moment. Everyone is obsessed with the little gadgets, from hipsters to...St.Petersburg officials. Yep, one of the city’s municipalities has officially ordered no less than 70 (just in case - they [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussians do not watch that much porn on the Metro – fact!

WiFi is available and free underground / Pavel Golovkin/TASSIt’s something we know you’ve been dying to ask: Just how much porn do Russians watch on the subway? Thankfully, some people with no shortage of time on their hands conducted a study to  [ ... ]


article thumbnailGame of Plenums: how Communist leaders fought over Stalin’s throne

Joseph Stalin ruled the USSR longer than any other communist leader. His reign started with a triumph over rival party leaders following Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, and ended when he died of a stroke on March 5, 1953.While he was alive, none a [ ... ]


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