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July 23, 2013

The Republic of Tyva is known for its healing cedar forests, clean rivers and lakes. This is one of the most ecologically clean regions, which has always been highly popular among tourists because of the famous mud lake. Also the Republic of Tuva is famous for its unique mineral springs, which are considered the best in all of ‪‎Russia‬. Also in ‪Tuva‬ exists Ubsunur Hollow, which is recognised as a ‪‎monument‬ of world significance, which has been listed by UNESCO.

July 15, 2013

Kabardino-Balkaria is the cleanest region in southern Russia. You can be assured that visiting this amazing place will let your body relax immensely. In order to improve health it is enough just to breath local fresh air, enjoy the crystal-clear and refreshing water of one of many rivers. This is one of the most unusual corners of the ‪Russia‬, where there is a private resort area - ‪‎Dolinsk‬. Mineral springs, curative mud, cold and hot wells - all this will allow you to heal any disease. Every year thousands of tourists come to this place.

June 24, 2013

Buryatia combines several climatic zones, it has a unique composition of species, which are not found anywhere else on the Earth. Natural resources of Buryatia are carefully protected by the Russian government. The Buryats have succesfuly preserved their unique folk traditions. National cuisine and this attracts tourists from all over the world.

June 10, 2013

Altay is one of the most ecologically clean places of Russia - nature preserves, monuments, famous pine forests - you may find them all. This region is called the "green pharmacy", there are so many various herbs growing there, making the air pure and fresh. This region is of virgin beauty.

May 22, 2013

!St. Petersburg is beautiful in any weather!

April 19, 2013

The idea of one train-shuttle between the stations "Nevsky Prospekt" and "Gorkovskaya" is being discussed at the moment. The shuttle is supposed to be operating from 1a.m to 3 a.m., making it possible to establish the connection between the two parts of the city separated by the Neva.

February 16, 2013

Lake Baikal in winter.

February 10, 2013

Meteorite shook Chelyabinsk this morning.

January 29, 2013

Born in 1965 a small brown-haired funny animal Cheburashka became a truly Russian brend. In 2004 it was the symbol of Russia's team at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

January 10, 2013

Valenki are traditional Russian winter footwear, which is still popular nowadays. The word literally means, "made by felting". But it has one more meaning ) You may also hear that some person is called "valenok" , it means that he's not very clever, as simple as valenok.

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend... (ABBA)

December 27, 2012

The first Matryoshka was made in Russia at the end of the 19thcentury, but in fact this type of nesting toys was well known before - Russian craftsmen made wooden Easter eggs and apples.

December 25, 2012

We hope this Christmas brings you Greater Opportunities, Brighter Promises and Abundant Success! Parallel 60 team.

December 21, 2012

A white birch. One of the symbols of Russia.

December 19, 2012

Ten teams from Russia, Byelorussia, India, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and the Czech Republic have created ice compositions "Wonders of the world" in Salehard.

December 18, 2012

One of the pearls of Russian architecture in the modern downtown of Moscow, the Petroff Palace, was built in the 18th century. It was once used as military headquarters, a museum, and an educational institution. Nowadays it has become a new Hotel & Business Center in the heart of Moscow.One of the pearls of Russian architecture in the modern downtown of Moscow, the Petroff Palace, was built in the 18th century. It was once used as military headquarters, a museum, and an educational institution. Nowadays it has become a new Hotel & Business Center in the heart of Moscow.

December 14, 2012

Russian opera diva Galina Vishnevskaya died at 86. A farewell ceremony has taken place in Moscow's Opera Center.

December 8, 2012

The maricle of the the northern lights in Yakutia.

December 3, 2012

380 years ago the beautiful land of Sakha (Yakutia) became a part of the Russian Empire.

November 28, 2012

The largest living felid in the world - the Amur ( Siberian) tiger . Today there are only about 450 individuals and the number remains to decline.

November 25, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! In Russia this day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November.

November 10, 2012

Staraya Russa is one of the oldest cities in Russia, founded in the tenth century. Here, Dostoevsky spent summers and wrote much of The Brothers Karamazov, and the town is still today something of a mecca for literary enthusiasts.

November 4, 2012

The Day of National Unity in celebrated in Russia today. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Russian people's victory over the Polish invaders in 1612.

October 25, 2012

Magadan is nowadays a quiet , nice and rather European city. One can hardly believe that it was so called "gateway to hell" at the Stalin's epoch. About two million Gulag prisoners passed through here. (The Gulag was a system of penal labor in the Soviet Union . It included hundreds of labour camps, transit camps and prisons. "Kolyma" was the famous land of camps. And Magadan was gate to Kolyma.)

October 20, 2012

From ancient times people said : Kiev is the mother of Russian cities and Novgorod is the father of Russian cities.

October 5, 2012

Eleven Host Cities and twelve stadiums have been selected to host the 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. They are: Moscow, the only city with two stadiums, namely Luzhniki and Spartak (central cluster); St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad (Northern cluster); Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk and Volgograd (Volga cluster); Rostov-on-Don and Sochi (Southern cluster) as well as Ekaterinburg. www.fifa.com

October 01, 2012

"Altai is more than simply mountains,
forests, rivers, or waterfalls.
It is a living spirit ...
gazing into the Universe."
(Grigory Choros-Gurkin)

September 30, 2012

In the beginning of the 20th century wealthy men in Russia liked to go to a bathhouse in a nice men's company. On the photo: One of luxury bathhouses of brothers Yegorovs.

September 10, 2012

Some interesting items of wooden handicraft can be found not only in museums. The owner of this car has carved a fully wooden dashboard . The glove compartment is decorated with a squirrel.

August 22, 2012

Day of the State Flag of Russia

Today we celebrate the Day of the State Flag of Russia. In line with the traditional ways, colors of the Russian tricolor symbolize: white - nobility, blue - irreproachability, tranquility, red - courage, generosity and love.

August 17, 2012

Aerostat festival

Aerostat festival "Veliky Novgorod - the heart of Russia" will be held from 16 till 19 August in Novgorod.

August 13, 2012

Russsian team is back to Moscow

Russian team's arrived to Moscow from London Olympic Games.

July 19, 2012

Kamchatka brown bears

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One of the most valued trophies for the Russian hunting industry... The Kamchatka brown bears are the largest bears in Eurasia, they are up to 3 meters tall on hind legs and weight 650 kg and more, but they are generally not dangerous to humans.

July 16, 2012

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The first monument to Michael Jackson in Russia was erected in Yekaterinburg .

July 13, 2012

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Courtyards with a through-passage are very typical for old ST.Petersburg.

July 10, 2012

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Built in 2012, the Russky Island bridge is the world's largest cable-stayed bridge , it connects a remote island near Vladivostok that will be hosting the 2012 APEC conference.

July 05, 2012

" style="text-decoration:underline">A mourning day in Russia

July 9 is declared a mourning day in Russia for the victims of Flood Disaster the southern Krasnodar region.

July 05, 2012

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International Sand Sculpture Festival 2012 will take place on the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress from July 20 through the end of the summer. There will ba a " cartoon-island" with Sponge Bob , Winnie the Pooh, Lion King and other cartoon characters made out of sand.

July 01, 2012

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Moscow theaters are to be equipped with English subtitles soon. This will help foreign guests to visit not only opera and ballet performances, but also Dramatic performances.

June 27, 2012

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The Putorana Plateau is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as "a complete set of subarctic and arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems".

June 22, 2012

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" style="font-size:small;text-decoration:underline">The Day of Remembrance and Grief

June 22 is the Day of Remembrance and Grief, on this day 71 years ago at 4 am German troops poured over the Soviet borders.

June 20, 2012

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One of the traditional Russian dishes - buckwheat. Buckwheat have been cultivated on the territory of Russia from the 1st century BC while in Europe it was known not earlier than the 15th century.

June 17, 2012

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The most depressive place in St.Petersburg. In 1923 during construction works an ancient temple with the remains of human sacrifices was found on the banks of Obvodny canal. In the same year the canal became a place of suicide for 89 people. Since then during the first 3 years of each decade a huge number of suicides occur here.

June 12, 2012

" style="text-decoration:underline">Russia Day

Today is a national holiday in Russia - Russia Day. On June 12, 1990 Soviet leaders signed a declaration of Russia's state sovereignty. And we all hope that our football players will bring us another cause for joy today.

June 09, 2012

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The building opposite the Kazan Cathedral was built for the German company Zinger in 1904. Nowadays it houses the oldest bookstore "Dom Knigi" and it is also the headquarters of the Russian analog of Facebook - Vkontakte.

June 06, 2012

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The Church of the Transfiguration is the most remarkable part of the Kizhi Pogost. A legend says that the main builder used one axe for the whole construction, he threw it into the lake upon completion with the words "there was not and will be not another one to match it".

June 02, 2012

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Seids and labyrinths are believed to be the traces of ancient hyperborean civilizations that inhabited Scandinavia and the north of Russia ages ago. In Russia they have been found in Karelia and nearby.

May 31 , 2012

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Hotel W St. Petersburg reopened its terrace miXup.
This open-air space, as well as the interiors of the hotel W, is created by Italian designer Antonio Citterio. Original cocktails and snacks on the terrace are prepared by Alain Ducasse team. During the White Nights miXup terrace is going to be the center of nightlife with incendiary parties.

May 28 , 2012

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The International Street Theatre Festival will take place on the territory of Elagin Island from June 1 through June 3. The audience will see theatres from Europe and Russia such as "Triad Nomade"(France-Spain) ,"Biuro Podrozy" (Poland), "Les Goulus" (France), "Laura Kibel" (Italy), "Dan le Man" (Australia Estonia ) and many others.

May 25 , 2012

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The Grand Palace in Oranienbaum (also known as Lomonosov) is the oldest of the Imperial Palaces around St. Petersburg. It is the only palace that was not captured by Nazi forces during the Great Patriotic War.

May 22 , 2012

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The Buranovo Babushkas from Udmurtia are going to represent Russia at Eurovision this Saturday . We'll keep our fingers crossed!

May 19 , 2012

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Car vernisage on Neva will be held in Primorsky Park Pobedy on May 19-20. 200 cars will be exhibited there, including the legendary Cadillac Eldorado - 1967?., Chevrolet Camaro - 1969., Plymouth Barracuda - 1965., Dodge Charger - 1971., Dodge Chellenger - 1978 , Ford Mustang - 1967 , Ford Mustang GT - 2010., Ford Capri - 1978 .

May 17 , 2012

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The ceremony of opening fountains in Peterhof will take place this Saturday on 19 May at the Grand Cascade at 13.00.

Fountains in Peterhof

" style="font-size:small;text-decoration:underline">Museums at Night

Traditionally on the night of May 19-20 many Russian museums will join Museums at Night - the annual international celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries open their doors for special evening events.

Museums at Night

May 11 , 2012

The Moscow planetarium

May is the right time to visit Moscow planetarium - the biggest planetarium in Europe. The total number of visitors is expected to reach 1 000 000 within a month, and it was announced that the lucky 1000000th visitor will have a special present - a car.

The Moscow planetarium

May 09 , 2012

The Victory Day

The colorful salute in Moscow lasted 15 minutes commemorating 67 years since the victory over Nazi Germany.

Salute in Moscow

May 07 , 2012

Rodin in St.Petersburg

June 15 through August 15 the Peter and Paul's Fortress will hold a remarkable exhibition of works of the progenitor of modern sculpture Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin. Visitors will have the occasion to discover Rodin's most recognized works The Thinker, The Kiss and many others .


May 04 , 2012

Beauty without photoshop

The exhibition "Beauties of the Russian Stage: Beauty without Photoshop" runs at The St. Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music www.theatremuseum.ru. Portraits and belongings of famous Russian dancers, actresses and singers of the 19th and early 20th centuries are on display through Nov. 27 .

Beauty without photoshop

May 01, 2012

The Signal Tower

The Signal Tower in Gatchina is now open for visitors. The tower took its name from an optical telegraph that was installed on it. Visitors can now climb up the tower and see panoramic views of Gatchina from a height of 34 meters.

The Signal Tower in Gatchina

April 27, 2012

Raskolnikov's house

The inscription on the facade of this building says: "Raskolnikov's house. Tragic faiths of local people were used by Dostoevskii as a base for his passionate propagation of welfare to all humanity". (Grazdanskaya Str., 19)

April 24, 2012

St. George's ribbons

St. George's ribbons (???????????? ????????) is a symbol of our respect to those who died during the World War II. It became a good tradition that ahead of the Victory Day, people in Russia and many other countries decorate their cars or clothes with orange and black ribbons.

April 21, 2012


About 90% of the world's extractable amber is located on the Baltic Sea, in the Kaliningrad Oblast .


April 19, 2012

Walks along rivers and canals

Today navigation along rivers and canals started in St.Petersburg. Now our guests have an opportunity to see this beautiful city from another angle - from the water

Rivers and canals in St.Petersburg

April 15, 2012

Franco Fontana in St.Petersburg

Works of the most well known modern Italian photographer Franco Fontana will be on display at Rosphoto 14.04-20.05. "Fontana started to experiment with color photography long before digital technology appeared," said Andrei Martynov, the exhibit's curator. "That is why his works are so important."

April 12, 2012

Cosmonautics Day

April 12 we celebrate Cosmonautics Day. 51 years ago Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.
Yuri Gagarin

April 08, 2012

Happy Palm Sunday!

Today is the Sunday before Orthodox Easter and we celebrate Christ's glorious entry into Jerusalem. Since the first tree that blooms in the early spring in Russia is pussy willow this day is called Verbnoe Voskresenje (Willow Sunday).
Happy Palm Day!

April 04, 2012

The first reference to Moscow

Today is April 4. On this day in 1147 Moscow was first mentioned in chronicles: "come to me, brother, to Moscow" called Yuri Dolgorukiy upon the prince of the Novgorod-Severski.

April 02, 2012

Old towns of Russia

Kargopol is one of the oldest towns in the Northwest of Russia. The first fortress was built here in 1146. In the 15th century the town was strong enough to struggle against Moscow on the side of Novgorod.


March 31, 2012

The Kivach waterfalls

The Kivach waterfalls is the second largest flat land waterfall in Europe. It is situated to the north of Petrozavodsk (Karelia) in the homeland of the famous Karelian birch.

The Kivach waterfalls

The centre of Russia

Vivi lake is located in the very centre of Russia. The spot is marked by a 7-metre monument. A summer day here lasts for several days, a polar night - for several months. The lake is also called "Evenkia's Baikal", its length is 90 km and its width is 4 km.

Vivi lake

March 25, 2012

The World Water Day

March 22 - the World Water Day. Water is most precious thing on the Earth and water resources today are under pressure more than ever. There are 7 billion people now and 2 billion are expected to join us by 2050. Let's think about how much water we actually consume every day and what each of us can do to save the living planet for our children.

The World Wather Day

March 21, 2012

Olkhon island

The largest among 22 Baykal islands is Olkhon. Olkhon concentrated on its territory entire variety of the natural landscapes of Baikal shores. There are 143 archaeological objects such as tombs, ancient fortifications, remainders of rock walls.

Olkhon island

March 19, 2012

Mercury Arbat Moscow hotel

Mercury Arbat Moscow hotel

Mercury Arbat Moscow hotel has opened its doors in the historical center of Moscow. Brand new boutique style hotel is located at the most beatiful pedestrian street of Arbat, famous by its artists, souvenir shops, numerous restaurants, cafes and bars.

March 14, 2012

Yeliseyevsky store reopens

One of the oldest and elegant food stores in St.Petersburg , Yeliseyevsky store, is now open after years of renovation work. It is located at 56 Nevsky Prospekt . Workers have restored all the elements of interior decoration in the way they were in 1913.

February 22, 2012

23 February Defender of the Fatherland Day (Russian: ???? ????????? ????????? / Dyen' zashitnika Otechestva)

This Holiday was established in 1918. Was known as Red Armoury Day and Soviet Army and Navy Day. After 1991 known as Defender of the Fatherland Day.

Women give small gifts to their fathers, husbands, sons and boyfriends.

Hurra, we have a day off on 23rd of February!!! ;)))

February 21, 2012

The most popular Russian folkshow in St.Petersburg

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