"The rocky history of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco began when Pavel I appointed William Montgomery Steward as Russian vice-consul on the American West Coast."Wikipedia/Eugene Zelenko
Russia’s diplomatic bastion in San Francisco got closed on Sep.1, but not for the first time. Will it survive the latest closure?
Soviet mosaic in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.Yuti Smityuk/TASS
Soviet architects liked all things colossal and breathtaking. Was there something more to this monumentality?
The wedding of Valentina Tereshkova and Andriyan Nikolayev. Nikolayev flew on two spaceflights: Vostok 3 in 1962 and Soyuz 9 in 1970. On both, he set new endurance records for the longest time a human being had remained in orbit. Nov. 3, 1963.Unknown author / MAMM / MDF
During the space race everyone knew about Soviet cosmonauts. But their very ordinary lives were less documented.
Alyona Kovaleva performs a pas de deux from the Raymonda ballet at the "Fifty-Five" gala which marks the 55th birthday of People's Artist of the Russian Federation, choreographer and director Andris Liepa.Iliya Pitalev/RIA Novosti
These ballet dancers will shine on the stages of the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi. Keep an eye on them!
A view of Moscow's Zaryadye Park under construction near the Moscow Kremlin.Marina Lystseva/TASS
If you don’t have much time to stop and stay in Moscow, we recommend visiting the Kremlin and the new Zaryadye Park nearby.
Monarchs tend to look way too serious sometimes. We have photos that prove how much they liked to have fun.
"Workers dug under the oldest part of Moscow, taking the soil out in waste bags under the cover of night."Maxim Kushnirenko, Dmitri Abramov
One businessman spent years building an illegal space right under the Kremlin. Needless to say that everything ended like a Hollywood blockbuster.
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