Voices From Russia, Too

Monday, 9 February 2015

9 February 2015. It’s An Old School Russian Winter

00 Russian Winter 01. Moscow. 09.02.15

“Winter SaniDay-2015” festival sledge slide in Mitino Park in Moscow (Mitino Raion. Northwestern Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF, in February 2015.

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00 Russian Winter 02. Moscow. 09.02.15

Troika competing in the first round of the Moscow Winter Russian Championship in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 03. Moscow. 09.02.15

Rehabilitative and educational programme “On the Way with the Huskies” in Sokolniki Park in Moscow (Sokolniki Raion. Eastern Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 04. Kareliya. 09.02.15

Dogs at the starting line of the “In the Land of the Sampo” in Petrozavodsk (Republic of Kareliya. Northwestern Federal District) RF, on 24 January 2015.

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00 Russian Winter 05. Krasnoyarsk. 09.02.15

A couple looks at images from Siberian photographers on an ice wall, during an exhibition part of the “Magic Ice of Siberia” International Competition of Snow Sculpture along the banks of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF, in January 2015. The ice sculpting competition, which was in its third year, saw teams from Russia and China competing against each other.

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00 Russian Winter 06. Krasnoyarsk. 09.02.15

A man fishes through a hole in the ice on frozen Abakan Bay of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 07. Vologda Oblast. 09.02.15

Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost) at the Semenkovo Architecture and Ethnography Museum (Vologda Oblast. Northwestern Federal District RF).

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00 Russian Winter 08. Moscow. 09.02.15

A child stands next to lit polar bear figures in Tverskoi Boulevard in central Moscow (Tverskoi Raion. Central Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 09. St Petersburg. 09.02.15

A hardcore hockey fan at a KHL regular season match between KhK SKA St Petersburg and HK Slovan Bratislava in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 10. St Petersburg. 09.02.15

Children on the Anichkov Bridge after a snowfall in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 11. Veliki Novgorod. 09.02.15

A young “walrus” prepares for a winter swim in Veliki Novgorod (Novgorod Oblast. Northwestern Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 12. Stavropol. 09.02.15

Elderly woman on a bench watches a religious procession in Stavropol (Stavropol Krai. North Caucasian Federal District) RF.

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00 Russian Winter 13. Stavropol. 09.02.15

A man rides a bicycle at a city park in Stavropol (Stavropol Krai. North Caucasian Federal District) RF, temperature -8 degrees (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

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00 Russian Winter 14. Yamal. 09.02.15

A scientist stands on the edge of a newly formed crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Tyumen Oblast. Ural Federal District RF). A group of scientists went on an expedition initiated by the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration to research the crater after pilots captured it on video in July 2014, which attracted the public’s attention. Participants descended about 16 metres (52.4 feet) to reach the frozen surface of the base of the crater, which was a lake at least 10 metres (32.8 feet) deep. Experts, including geologists and historians, haven’t yet decided about the funnel’s origin.

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Time to pack up your woollies and head on down to Russia… Sandals in the Caribbean isn’t for you. You’d rather hang with the frozen chosen in Yakutsk… different strokes for different folks…

BMD

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Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. WTF! It HAS to be Russia…

00 'Walrus' in Krasnoyarsk. Siberia. Russia. 18.04.14

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It’s just a typical April spring day in Krasnoyarsk (that’s in Siberia, for them not in the know). Yevgeni Kheisin, 50, a member of the Cryophil “walrus” club, sunbathes as he sits on an ice floe on the Yenisei River. Most of the stuff told about Siberia is bullshit, but some of its RIGHTEOUS… this pic proves it! There be plenty of “walruses” in the world… not only Russkies do it… Finns just out of the sauna do it! Polacks do it! Chinks in Manchuria do it! Scandihoovians do it! Balts do it! Even Yanks in Coney Island and Brits at Tooting Bec Lido in South London do it! WTF! It HAS to be Russia… you can’t understand it with your mind, you can only accept it for what it is

BMD

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

2 February 2014. A Photo Essay. It’s Wintertime in Russia

00 Winter in Russia 01. Norilsk. 02.02.14

It’s COLD in Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) in the Far North… -46 (-50.8 Fahrenheit ) to be exact. She IS wearing her woolies, to be sure…

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00 Winter in Russia 02. Divnogorsk. 02.02.14

Local “walruses” jump into the Yenisei River at a temperature of around -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) in Divnogorsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District), south of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia

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00 Winter in Russia 03. Moscow Oblast motocross. 02.02.14

Motocross in Moscow Oblast (Central Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 04. St Petersburg. 02.02.14

A child gives flowers to a war veteran during a parade on the 70th anniversary of Leningrad’s liberation from the fascist blockade on Nepokoryonnykh Prospekt (“Avenue of the Unconquered”… the Piskarovskoye Memorial Cemetery is on this street) in St Petersburg (Federal City of St PetersburgNorthwestern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 05. Baltiisk. 02.02.14

Swans in the harbour in Baltiisk in Kaliningrad Oblast (Northwestern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 06. Taiga Raion. 02.02.14

A fisherman walks on the frozen Yenisei River in the village of Taiga (Kozulka Raion) at -20 (-4 Fahrenheit ), outside Krasnoyarsk

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00 Winter in Russia 07. Tobolsk. 02.02.14

A boy slides down a snow-covered hill in Tobolsk (Tyumen Oblast. Ural Federal District) in Siberia

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00 Winter in Russia 08. Lake Baikal. 02.02.14

A cruise ship sails on Lake Baikal by the village of Listvyanka (Irkutsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 09. Reshma. 02.02.14

The Kolyada rite in the village of Reshma (Kineshma Raion. Ivanovo Oblast. Central Federal District, 318 kilometres (197 miles) from Moscow)

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You think that YOU have it bad? Not only is it COLDER in Russia… everybody’s out and about! Pull out those valenki and pull on your ushanka and go join ’em! It’s wintertime in Russia! Pass the jug and have some fun…

BMD

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

8 January 2014. A Photo Essay. It’s Wintertime in Russia…

00 Winter in Russia 01. Moscow. 08.01.14

Walking in the snow in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 02. Lermontov monument in Stavropol. 08.01.14

Lermontov monument in Stavropol (Stavropol Krai. Southern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 03. Santa Claus on Yenisei near Krasnoyarsk. 08.01.14

Boater dressed as Santa Claus on the Yenisei River near Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) noting the end of the navigation season

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00 Winter in Russia 04. banks of the Moskva River in Moscow Oblast. 08.01.14

On the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow Oblast (Central Federal District) near the Moscow city limits

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00 Winter in Russia 05. Moscow. 08.01.14

A kid with a snowman in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 06. St Petersburg. ice sculpture of Kazan Cathedral. 08.01.14

Ice sculpture of Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 07. Stavropol. 08.01.14

Love STILL conquers all in Stavropol (Stavropol Krai. Southern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 08. Divnogorsk. 08.01.14

Anglers take their fishing seriously in Divnogorsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 09. Veliki Ustyug. 08.01.14

Taking a stroll in Veliki Ustyug (Vologda Oblast. Northwestern Federal District)… the official home of Ded Moroz, dontcha know!

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00 Winter in Russia 10. horse race on frozen Yenisei. Novosyolovo. 08.01.14

Harness racing on the frozen Yenisei River near Novosyolovo (Novosyolovo Raion. Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 11. mist over the Angara River. Irkutsk. 08.01.14

Mist over the Angara River in Irkutsk (Irkutsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District)

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Brrrr! That looks plenty cold! Do pass the jug… I think that all of us need it… it’s wintertime in Russia!

BMD

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