Russia the Beautiful

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A Unique View of Russia From Space

Russia’s capital city, Moscow, makes a splash of yellow light and is easily recognized by the radial pattern of its highways. From a vantage point high above Volgograd, Moscow resembles a bright, glittering star in a nighttime photograph captured by one of the crew members of the International

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From Moscow to Vladivostok by train

The longest travels by Russian railway are directions Moscow-Vladovostok and Moscow-Beijing. The way is more than 9000 km long, that's why the trains offer additional comfort. Check out these photos that let you to look at this long travel with eyes of a train passenger.                            

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Russia's Love of Abbreviations, From Gulag to LUKoil

Photo: kranbalkin.ru Russians use a lot of abbreviations — they have to if they want to do anything but talk. Even simple concepts take up a lot of letters. For example, in Russian the word "acting" as in "acting department head" is исполняющий обязанности (literally "carrying out the functions

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