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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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article thumbnailMaria Sharapova to skip Wimbledon tournament

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova will not be able to take part in the WTA tournament in Birmingham and in the season’s third Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon.She revealed the news on Facebook. "After an additional scan, the muscle tear that  [ ... ]


article thumbnail5 Russian movies you can’t miss this summer

BlockbusterCraving for the high life in the capital pushes an absent-minded provincial photo model into trouble when she decides to rob a minor financial institution, taking another troubled girl hostage in the process. A crime comedy by the producer [ ... ]


article thumbnail10 yummies that all Soviet children adored

1. A slice of white bread with butter and sugarSource: Legion MediaWhat could be tastier than a piece of white, freshly baked bread slathered with a thick layer of cold butter, sprinkled with sugar? "This was the best treat of my childhood," says Ann [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussia's Energy Ministry to take Saudi Arabian partners on tour to Siberia

Russia's Ministry of Energy still plans a tour for Saudi Arabian counterparts to Siberian projects in July, Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday."We plan a trip, everything will depend on our counterparts - whether they will have time," he sa [ ... ]


article thumbnailOver 10,000 people to ensure security in Moscow on June 12

More than 10,000 people will be involved in efforts to ensure law and order during the celebrations to mark Russia Day in Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry reported on Friday."More than 10,000 people are expected to be involved in efforts to  [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussian ports to be inspected for compliance with environmental laws

Specialists of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage (Rosprirodnadzor) will initiate inspections of all domestic seaports in terms of compliance with environmental laws in coming 12-24 months, deputy head of the regulator  [ ... ]


article thumbnailWhat's life like in St. Petersburg? Famous locals share their experiences

St. Petersburg is a dream for tourists from around the world. They hope to see this mystical and extraordinary city inspired by Amsterdam and Venice and built on marshes by the will of Peter the Great. But what is it like living in the city of three  [ ... ]


article thumbnail10 reasons you should never travel to Russia

1. Trans-Siberian Railroad Photo credit: Lori/Legion-MediaSpending a week on a train that runs 5,700 miles through eight different time-zones, stops in 87 different towns and traverses two continents? No, thank you! And they call it ‘the adventure  [ ... ]


article thumbnailRussia develops technology to detect drone trespassers with TV, FM-signals

Russia’s Ruselectronics Group, part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has developed technology for the concealed detection of moving aerial, ground and surface targets in the area of critically important facilities, the Group’s press offic [ ... ]


article thumbnailThe Mozhaisk St. Nicholas Cathedral: From Prokudin-Gorsky to the present

Mozhaisk. Cathedral of St. Nicholas, south facade. August 21, 2012. / Photo: William BrumfieldAt the beginning of the 20th century, Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky invented a complex process for vivid, detailed color photograp [ ... ]


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