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Trip to Oymyakon, the Pole of the Cold, in Yakutia (Sakha). Pictures of siberian winter, north-east Russia. The world's coldest place after Antartica

Trip to Oymyakon, the Pole of the Cold, in Yakutia (Sakha). Pictures of siberian winter, north-east Russia. The world's coldest place after Antartica

Oymyakon is a village made of many charming small houses, where about 1200 people live. It is here that the lowest temperature of the northen hemisphere, -71,2°C, was recorded.



When Russian literature passed through Prague

In the wake of the Russian Revolution and civil war, Prague played a surprisingly large and often unacknowledged role in 20th century Russian literature and thought. While the exiled aristocratic and political exiles settled in Paris and most of Russia’s intelligentsia chose Berlin, the scholars and writers that came to then Czechoslovakia would have a far reaching intellectual influence. While Prague provided a certain amount of comfort for Russian exiles, given that Czech is a Slavic language, a more compelling reason for resettlement was that the new republic’s constitution provided émigrés not only the right of asylum but financial support. The welcome provided refugees in Czechoslovakia was unique in Europe and was attributed to the insight and international outlook of President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk as well as the anti-Bolshevik sentiments of the country’s first prime minister, Karel Kramář. The Russian writer most closely associated with Prague is undoubtedly poetMarina Tsvet…

Inna Lisnianskaya: Forty Days

The whole sky enters your eyes. 
All the earth in your wrinkles. 
To start the same life over again 
There's neither cause or reason. 

But friends say that there is. 
They tell me as a noble gesture 
I should nobly bring ends together, 
Rummaging in your archive, 

I who understand what it is, 
Its scale, its look: 
Waves of the desert, surge of the seas,
Strings in David's hands 

27 April 2003

* * * 

My genius of law and order, you fell asleep. 
Grass will grow on your grave 
As if the large mound. 
Which resembles an exercise book 
In which each blade sings. 

To the granite, so you may rest, 
I shall impart the contours of an exercise book, -
Let the memorial stand, a folio. 
Here the Ides of March will be apropos,
My deeply loved man of music! 

With your music, you built a road 
To temple, mosque, synagogue, 
A Christian temple, minarets. 
You knew how to wind your coat like a toga
To wear your beret as a wreath. 

29 April 2003

* * * 

You left me not so much as a shadow. 
I myself was yours. 
What maddened …

Modern Soviet Photography 1987

Modern Soviet Photography 1987: This photo exhibition travelled around the world visiting Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France. It was that popular because it revealed what had been concealed from both people from other countries and those from the totalitarian state. “Pipe”.

Stalin era posters


The Longest Underwater Cave In Russia

The Longest Underwater Cave In Russia: Ordinskaya Cave is located on the left bank of the Kungur river, the Perm Region. It’s the longest underwater cave in Russia and the second longest underwater cave in Eurasia. Here you can read more about Russian caves. The cave … Read more...

On March 28, 1776, the legendary Bolshoi Theater was created

On March 28, 1776, the legendary Bolshoi Theater was created to meet the needs of the thriving Russian culture of the mid-18th century. The Bolshoi Company in Moscow was founded by Prince Pyotr Urusov and investor Michael Maddox. Opera and ballet were seen as superior performing arts, therefore the venue for them was referred to as Bolshoi theater (meaning “grand” or “big” in Russian), while drama pieces were staged in Maly (“small”) theater. The Bolshoi company was formed on the basis of the old private troupes and theater students. In 1780, when it acquired the Petrovsky Theater, it became the first professional repertoire theater. It produced operas, ballets, and drama. The current Bolshoi Theater building appeared on Theater Square in Moscow in 1825 to replace the Petrovsky Theater, which had been destroyed in the fire of 1805. The opera and ballet troupes took up residence there, separating from the drama troupe, based in the Maly Theater since 1824. Designed by architects Andrey…

Namgar & Juliana - Travushka


Wild Russia - Siberia


Valentin Rasputin: French Classes

So began these distressful and awkward days. From the early morning, I started dreading the moment when I was left alone with Lidia Mikhailovna, and, twisting my tongue, had to repeat those unpronounceable words, that seemed specially devised for punishment. I mean, why else, if not for punishment, would somebody stick three vowels together to form a drawling sound, like “o” in “beaucoup,” so long you might as well choke on it? Why should sounds go through one’s nose with a dorky moaning, when, from the Creation, the nose was given to people to serve a completely different purpose? Why? It makes no sense. I perspired, blushed, and suffocated, while Lidia Mikhailovna was torturing my tongue, having no mercy on me. Why did she choose me? There were tons of guys at school whose French was just as ugly as mine, but they were set on the loose, enjoying themselves, while I was bound to make up for all of them, like a martyr. As it turned out, the real disaster was still in store, waiting f…

Strezhevoy, Oil-Rich Town in Tomsk region, West Siberia

Strezhevoy Oil Refinery, Ltd. engages in the distillation of crude oil. It produces diesel fuels. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Strezhevoy, the Russian Federation.

Strezhevoy (Russian: Стрежево́й) is a town in Tomsk Oblast, Russia, located on the shores of the Ob River's canal. Population: 42,216 (2010 Census preliminary results);[3] 43,815 (2002 Census);[7] 43,348 (1989 Census).[8]

It was founded in 1966 as a settlement near the village of Strezhevaya and was granted town status in 1978.

Skolkovo: Russian 'Silicon Valey'

Russia aims to challenge renowned Silicon Valley with its own Skolkovo innovation center in the suburbs of Moscow. The modern center for research and development will be built in the village of Skolkovo located in the Odintsovo area, Moscow region. The Russian 'Silicon Valley' will host five different scientific communities next to the campus of Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, a top-level business school founded by leading Russian and international companies.
The idea to create a Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley was announced by President Dmitry Medvedev in March 2010. Russia has many talented and creative scientists working on the cutting-edge technologies in a variety of fields. In addition, there is a potential to create favorable conditions for "brains" from abroad. Building a high-tech hub for scientists and businesspeople in Skolkovo should help Russia to develop and commercialize new technologies in the right way. Initially, Skolkovo will become a cen…

Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)

Mstislav Rostropovich was a Russian cellist, pianist, conductor, pedagogue and political figure whose international performances and public appearances symbolized the struggle of intellectuals against the rigid Soviet Communism.
He was born Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich on March 27, 1927, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union. His father, Leopold Rostropovich, was a notable musician and pedagogue of Polish nobility descent. His mother was a concert pianist of Russian-Jewish heritage. His teachers at Moscow Conservatory were Dmitri Shostakovich, and Sergei Prokofiev, and both became his main musical influences for life. In 1951 Rostropovich was awarded the State Stalin's Prize, after his numerous victories at international competitions and a growing stream of recognition and acclaim. in 1955 he married opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya who was a member of Bolshoi Theatre. At that time his stage partners were such musicians as Svyatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels along with his wife G…

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia: Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater is the most important theatre in Novosibirsk and Siberia. It was completed in February, 1944, the first performance being held on May 12th, 1945. It is the largest theater in Russia (larger than the Bolshoi … Read more...

Nikita Demidov - one of the first Russian entrepreneurs

Early spring of 1696 Peter the Great took a trip to the Russian town of Tula famous for its armouries. Numerous wars revealed all the weak points of Russian weapons: domestic industry yielded too much to European and the major part of weapon was imported from Holland and Sweden. The necessity to develop domestic metallurgy sector and related industries had appeared long time ago. In Tula Peter the Great inspected the metallurgical plant and its production and asked the workers to fix the gun made by a foreign craftsman. Surprisingly, one armourer repaired the gun as well as he managed to make its exact copy. The name of the master was Nikita Demidovich Antufyev. Nikita Antufyev (also known as Demidov) was born in 1656 in a common peasant family. He came to prominence after Peter the Great visited that metallurgical plant in Tula. The Emperor didn’t forget about the talented craftsman and ordered to grant him some land and money enough to start his own business. Antufyev (Demidov) build…

Juliana (Юлияна) - Uhuktuu (Awakening). Khomus music. Yakutsk, Yakutia

Juliana (Юлияна) - Uhuktuu (Awakening). Perfomance by khomus (mouth harp), the Yakut musical intrument. Yakutsk, Yakutia / Russia.

Juliana is a former member of Albina Degtyareva's Ayarkhaan enssemble. Now is perferming solo.

Tyumen, the Oldest Russian Settlement in Siberia

As a Russian city, Tyumen was established in 1586, when the first military mission sponsored by Russian Tsar and led by Ermak mainly to respond frequent attacks of Khan Kuchum, seized the city. Since that time Tyumen has been known as the "gateway to Siberia." For the past three centuries, up until the 1960s, Tyumen was a quiet provincial Siberian city. Most of its inhabitants lived in wooden houses along the Tura and Tyumenka rivers, for which it became known as the "capital of villages." Being a major transportation point to Eastern Siberia and Far East of Russia, Tyumen has experienced all major historical events in Russia. It has seen the Decembrists on their way to exile in Irkutsk, Tsar Nicholos II and his family to their final destination of Ekaterinburg, Revolution turmoil, Civil War, bloody uprisings against the new Bolshevik food policy (prodrazverstka), GULag prisoners, and more. During WWII Lenin's coffin was kept for safety reasons at the Regiona…

Invincible Nenets people of Russia's far north


Gas And Nomads In The Russian Arctic - Bovanenkovo ,Yamal Peninsula

Lots of beautiful photos from Yamal Peninsula.

Gas And Nomads In The Russian Arctic » The Russian Photos Blog

Vladimir Vassiliev & Ekaterina Maximova - La Traviata

Legendary Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vassiliev in the ballet scene from the 3rd Act of Franco Zeffirelli's production of Verdi's "La Traviata"

Ekaterina Maximova - Biography

Ekaterina Maximova is one of the most popular and beloved of the Russian ballerinas of the 20th Century. 

Born in Moscow on 1 February 1939 she studied at the Moscow Choreographic Institute under the distinguished ballerina Elisaveta Gerdt. An exceptionally talented student she was taken into the Bolshoi immediately on her graduation in 1958 having already danced the complete role of Masha in Vainonen'sNutcracker

Her creative biography is inseparably linked with that of Vladimir Vasiliev. They have been partners both professionally and privately throughout their adult lives. 

Early in her career at the Bolshoi she performed a few smaller assignments such as the peasant pas de deux inGiselle, Colombine in The Bronze Horseman, the Bell Dance in Act 2 of The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, which she danced in Galina Ulanova's farewell performance, but soon under Ulanova's guidance danced her first Giselle in 1960. 

However her first major success had already taken place in 1959 with …

Sevastopol Cognac Production

Sevastopol Cognac Production: Production of cognac is a very difficult process that can last for decades. Some say “it’s easy to make cognac; you just need your great grandfather, grandfather and father to devote all their lives to it”. We are in the … Read more...

One day on the table in Yakutsk, Yakutia/Siberia



Jakutien - Yakutia, a photo by Silandi on Flickr.

Mix of old and new in Novosibirsk with Beautiful Photos

Aleksandr Vvedensky: Kuprianov and Natasha

Kuprianov and his dear lady Natasha after walking those swinish guests to the door prepare for bed. kuprianov
said, taking off his majestic tie Frightening the dark the candle burns,
it has silver bones.
why do you stroll about yearning,
the guests are probably for certain long since gone.
I even forgot, Marousia,
o darling let us go to bed,
I want to dig around in you
in search of interesting things.
It’s not for nothing they say we have different constitutions. natasha
(taking off her blouse) Kuprianov, there’s little sense in this candle,
I fear it wouldn’t have lit up a poodle,
and there’s two of us here.
I fear I will howl
from anguish, passion, terror, thought,
I fear you o mistress shirt,
you that hides me within,
I am entangled in you like a fly. kuprianov
(taking off his jacket) Soon you and I, Natasha
will embark on our funny recreation.
The two of us, the two of us
will occupy ourselves with procreation.
We will become like tuna. natasha
(taking off her skirt) O God, I’m left withou…

Leo Tolstoy - on film


Different Worlds. Photos By Dmitry Beliakov

Different Worlds. Photos By Dmitry Beliakov: A collection of photos taken by a photographer, military journalist, Dmitry Beliakov. Chechnya, Russia, Grozny, Desolated Mira street (Peace street) after 22 weeks of heavy bombardment, February 4th, 2000. Abkhazia, the Tkvarcheli region, Bridge over the Galidzga river, May 2008 … Read more...

Rodion Shchedrin: Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra n.2 (1966)

Rodion Shchedrin (*1932): Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra n.2 (1966) -- Nikolai Petrov, pianoforte -- USSR Symphony Orchestra diretta da Evgeni Svetlanov --

I. Dialogi. Tempo rubato
II. Improvizatsy. Allegro
III. Kontrasty. Andante

-- painting by Viktor Khudin

Composer Rodion Shchedrin on practice, technology and the secret of a long and happy marriage

Nationality is key to the art of composer Rodion Shchedrin. His operas and ballets are almost exclusively inspired by classic Russian literature. Shchedrin’s works — both new creations and those written years ago — such as the ballets “Anna Karenina,” “The Seagull” and “The Little Humpbacked Horse,” and the operas “The Enchanted Wanderer” and “Dead Souls” are now being enthusiastically staged by Russian companies, with the Mariinsky Theater showing the biggest appetite. Every month, local audiences can attend a Shchedrin work. Two upcoming options are “The Little Humpbacked Horse” on March 17 and “Anna Karenina” on March 31. Born in Moscow in 1932 in the family of a composer and a lecturer on the history of music, Shchedrin was brought up in a classical music environment. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory as both a pianist and composer, and often performed his piano works himself. A self-confessed workaholic, Shchedrin likes to repeat an old joke: A man is walking around New …

Grigory Sokolov — François Couperin, « Sœur Monique »

Grigory Sokolov (born April 18, 1950 in Leningrad)

In the 40 years since the 16-year-old Grigory Sokolov was awarded first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1966, the world has been blessed with what one American critic recently called "a kind of pianism, musicianship and artistry one thought had vanished forever". Championed at a young age by Emil Gilels and a prominent figure on the Russian music scene since his early teens, Sokolov has gained an almost mythical status amongst music-lovers and pianophiles throughout the world. He is considered by many today to be the world's greatest living pianist. Ever since his first major piano recital in Leningrad at the age of 12, Sokolov has amazed everyone again and again with the enormous breadth of his repertoire and his huge, almost physical musical strength. Using little pedal, and thus superior finger-work, he draws from the concert grand an immense variety of sounds; he has an unlimite…

Kirill Eskov: The Last Ringbearer

Chapter 1 "No indeed! We are not strong,
But we know Peoples that are.
Yes, and we'll guide them along
To smash and destroy you in War!
We shall be slaves just the same?
Yes, we have always been slaves,
But you – you will die of the shame,
And then we shall dance on your graves!" Rudyard Kipling "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Winston Churchill Part I – Vae Victis («Woe to the vanquished» (Latin) – see «Gold is for the mistress – silver for the maid –
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.»
«Good!» said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
«But Iron – Cold Iron – is master of them all.» Rudyard Kipling Chapter 1 Mordor, Hutel-Hara sands April 6, 3019 of the Third Age Is there a sight more beautiful than a desert sunset, when the sun, as if ashamed of its whitish daytime fierceness, lavishes a bounty of unimaginably tender and pure colors on its guests? Especially good are countless…