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Maslenitsa: Russian pagan spring festival

Russia's Pancake Week, begins in Russia on Feb. 16 this year. People are preparing for the arrival of spring by gathering with relatives to eat pancakes. Typically, Maslenitsa is celebrated with sledding, burning scarecrows, and bonfire jumping. Photo: hdwallpapersfactory.com “Maslenitsa” — a

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Life in Yakutia: what is it like?

I grew up in Yakutsk, my family moved there when I was 2 months old, and at the age of 16 I left the city to live in the "big land". So, although I was born in Irkutsk, I think of Yakutsk as of my home town. I would like to tell about this place and about what makes the life in Siberia and Far

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Breathtaking images of magical ice cavern at Baikal

Andrey Grachev's photos provide a rare glimpse inside the frozen grotto on a Olkhon Island at Lake Baikal. Many adventurers have fallen through the ice but he ignored the dangers to capture the cave in a beautiful sunlight. Andrey, from Moscow, found hundreds of icy stalactites and huge blocks of

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More photos of Yakutsk and Oymyakon by Amos Chapple (NZ)

New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple decided to go on a two-day journey from Yakutsk, the coldest major city on Earth, to capture what everyday life is like in village Oymyakon, which is even colder, then Yakutsk. Much colder... With the lowest temperature of -67.7°C (-90°F), recorded in

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