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Sunday, 10 July 2011

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

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