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Sunday, 10 July 2011

10 July 2011. Our “Smaller Brothers”… Братья наши меньшие

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10 July 2011. VOR Reports… Шелковый путь (Shelkovny Put: Silk Road) Rally Kicks Off on Red Square in Moscow

For the next seven days, the Third Silk Road International Rally will see drivers compete on a route that goes from Moscow to Sochi. The start was on 9 July on Red Square in Moscow. A special segment of the rally will occur on 10 July on the Kulikovo Polye {the site of a famous victory of St Dmitri Donskoi over the Tatars in the 14th century: editor} in the southeast part of Tula Oblast.

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The route of the rally goes through interesting places, both cities of historical interest and natural wonders… Lipetsk, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Stavropol, and Maikop.

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According to the organisers, on the route the various competing teams expect to encounter sultry deserts, harsh mountains, difficult swamps, and impenetrable forests. In the above image, we see a truck of the Russian KAMAZ-Master Team {multiple time winners of the Dakar Rally: editor}.

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134 crews from 25 countries all over the world are competing in this international rally. In the above image, two members of the Russian KAMAZ-Master Team from Kazan, Eduard Nikolayev and Sergei Savostin (left)

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95 cars and 35 trucks are running in the Silk Road Rally; the total length of the track is 3,960 kilometres (2,460 miles). In the above image, we see one of the trucks of the Russian KAMAZ-Master Team.

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Before the start of the Rally, there was a Freestyle-Motocross show on Red Square.

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The Silk Road Rally will end on 16 July in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. In the above image, we see the pre-rally celebration on Red Square.

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About 3,000 gathered on 10 July at the historic Red Hill on Kulikovo Polye, where the participants in the rally reached the 260-kilometre (161-mile) mark, motoring off-road through Kurkinsky and Volovsky Raions of Tula Oblast to Lipetsk. In the above image, a Polish truck of the LIAZ team.

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A crew from the Russian KAMAZ-Master Team, comprising Ilgizar Mardeyev, Yevgeni Yakovlev, and Dmitri Sotnikov broke into the leas at the start of the Rally.

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A French crew driving a MINI car during the first stage of the Silk Road Rally, in the segment on the Kulikovo Polye in Tula Oblast.

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A crew from the Ukrainian team drives a G-Force Proto car during the first stage of the Silk Road Rally, in the segment on the Kulikovo Polye in Tula Oblast.

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9 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/53017386/53017389/index.html

10 July 2011. VOR Reports… Chilled Soup Beats the Heat!

A hot summer day is the best time for cold soup, for it not only quenches one’s thirst, but it’s also very invigorating and refreshing. In Russia, chilled summer soups are prepared from every sort of ingredient, vegetables, meat, fish, rye or beet kvass, fruits and berries, and dairy products such as yogurt, whey, and kefir. Different countries have their own “twist” on chilled summer soups, which depends on the products available in a given location. Today, we’ll chat about the world’s most popular chilled soups.

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Gazpacho is a refreshing chilled tomato soup, originally from Andalucía, but, today, people all over the world enjoy gazpacho. Spaniards classify gazpacho more as a drink rather than a soup, so, therefore, it often comes to the table not in soup plate, but in a drinking glass.

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In such soups, the fresh vegetables used as ingredients aren’t cooked, so, they retain all of their colour, crispness, and vibrancy. In the image above are the ingredients for gazpacho.

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Green gazpacho differs from the classical recipe in that the main ingredients are diced and seeded cucumber and chilled roasted green capsicum (bell pepper).

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Okroshka is one of the more popular dishes in the Russian cuisine. Its name comes from the Russian word meaning, “to chop”. Basically, okroshka is chopped fresh vegetables in a chilled liquid. Traditionally, kvass is the foundation of this soup, but, in Old Russia, the basis was the juice from pickled cucumbers or beetroot. Today, besides kvass, people use sour milk, yoghurt, kefir, mineral water, and even beer as the liquid base of the soup.

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One of the most exquisite chilled soups is made from strawberries. François Vatel, the butler to the great French King Louis XIV (known as the Roi du Soleil (the Sun King)), was the first European to prepare strawberry soup.

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Tarator is a chilled summer soup popular in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Its main ingredients include yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, walnut, dill weed, olive oil, water, salt, and spices.

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All Slavs think that chilled borsch is one of the most appropriate foods for the hot season.

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The image shows Ukrainian svekolnik, a variation on the chilled borsch theme.

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The image shows black currant soup with ice cream.

 Приятного аппетита! Bon appétit!

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July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/52957642/52957653/index.html

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