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The Army of the North Melts Away Before the Rising Sun, circa 1904, farcical woodblock print by Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915) depicting the Russo-Japanese War.

(World Library)

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Russo Japanese War Propaganda

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One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.


They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

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The City of Norilsk photos by Elena Chernyshova

Norilsk in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, is the world’s northernmost city, experiencing an average annual temperature of 15F/-9C and covered in snow for approximately 275 days out of each year. 175,000+ residents call this frigid cradle in the Arctic Circle home.

Photog: Website (via: EnglishRussia)

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Day 2: Favourite Residence (Part 2 of 2)

The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) is one of my favorite two Romanov residences. The Alexander Palace is the other. The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoe Selo, built in early 18th-century. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Empress Catherine I of Russia is the namesake of the palace. Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine the Great, she actually regarded its “whipped cream” architecture as old-fashioned.

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Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin aide long known as Mr. Putin’s strategic “gray cardinal,” told a Moscow daily that he was honored to be included but has no bank accounts abroad.

"What interests me about the United States are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg and Jackson Pollock. No visa is needed to access their works. So I’m not missing anything," the tabloid quoted Mr. Surkov as saying.


Cossacks installed a Russian flag and a Crimean flag on the roof of the City Hall building on Monday in Bakhchysarai, a city in central Crimea (via New York Times; photo by Dan Kitwood, Getty Images)