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9,000 km on two wheels: What does it take to do the longest cycling race?
Friday, 11 August 2017 11:41

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Many people dream about going on a Trans-Siberian railway journey, all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok. But would you dare to cycle those 9,000 km?

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Probably only superheroes would. Ten participants (eight men and two women) in the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme Race certainly fit the description of superhero.

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On this day: Sheremetyevo International Airport was opened
Friday, 11 August 2017 09:00

On Aug. 11, 1959 a Tupolev Tu-104 aircraft flying from Leningrad landed in Sheremetyevo. This day is considered the official birthday of Sheremetyevo International Airport.

On June 1, 1960 the first international flight set off from Sheremetyevo to Berlin Schönefeld Airport. In October 1967 the Ilyushin Il-62 aircraft made the first flight to Paris ...

 
How Moscow’s Metro became part of Game of Thrones
Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:46

Russian artist Sergey Samoylov, who works under the pseudonym Samuel Rosto, took a map of Moscow’s Metro, laid it over a map of Westeros and Essos (fictional places from Game of Thrones), and discovered something amazing.

Okhotny Ryad station became King’s Landing. Oldtown is now situated at Universitet Metro, and The Wall hugs the monorail line in ...

 
Don’t miss the opportunity to see St. Petersburg’s rooftops risk free
Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:27

Wannabe “roofers” can now scale St. Petersburg’s buildings in safety after the authorities green-lighted the installation of handrails and footpaths on three building tops in the Russian city. People will even be able to get guided tours.

“Roofers”- daredevils who climb knee-jerkingly high buildings and hang off sheer drops without safety gear - hav...

 
Giant whale gets stuck in a river mouth in Russia’s Far East
Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:11

Whale stuck in a river mouth / Sergey Dolya

Ever tried squeezing through a gap (or a tight pair of jeans) and getting stuck, realizing far too late that you are in fact way too big? Well, this Greenland right whale - or Russian whale to Americans - found itself caught between a rock and a hard place after getting jammed in a river mouth on Big...

 
A Tu-154 over Washington: How Russia and the U.S. enhance cooperation
Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:41

A Russian spy plane was seen flying over Washington on Aug. 9. According to the Pentagon, the Tu-154 aircraft looked down from an altitude of one km above the White House. Was Moscow allowed to do this? Yes. In 2002 the Treaty of Open Skies was signed by 34 countries who agreed to let each member fly unarmed surveillance aircraft in one another’s a...

 
Reanimating Slavic gods: The man who breathes life into deities
Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:05

The Kalinin bridge, the location of a legendary fight of the Russian bogatyrs against Zmey Gorynych / Igor Ozhiganov

These stunning pictures of Slavic mythological characters were created by a Russian artist from Yoshkar-Ola in the Mari El Republic in Russia’s eastern reaches.

The sirin, a mythological creature with the head and chest of a...

 
Why did Russian officials order 70 fidget spinners?
Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:54

Fidget spinners are taking the world by storm at the moment. Everyone is obsessed with the little gadgets, from hipsters to...St.Petersburg officials. Yep, one of the city’s municipalities has officially ordered no less than 70 (just in case - they are rotating toys with a bearing in the center and small weights on three blades). The order was p...

 
Russians do not watch that much porn on the Metro – fact!
Thursday, 10 August 2017 14:08

WiFi is available and free underground / Pavel Golovkin/TASS

It’s something we know you’ve been dying to ask: Just how much porn do Russians watch on the subway? Thankfully, some people with no shortage of time on their hands conducted a study to find out the answer to this very pressing concern.

Russian Internet giant Yandex (still battling it out...

 
Game of Plenums: how Communist leaders fought over Stalin’s throne
Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:40

Joseph Stalin ruled the USSR longer than any other communist leader. His reign started with a triumph over rival party leaders following Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, and ended when he died of a stroke on March 5, 1953.

While he was alive, none among Stalin’s companions dared challenge his authority – everyone remembered the miserable fate of tho...

 
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