What was Russia like in 2001 (PHOTOS)

The Soviet Union is long gone, while the brand new country has already survived the ‘wild’ 1990s and is under a new president, Vladimir Putin. Let’s take a glimpse of the cities’ streets and people of the very early 21st century.

Ex-president Boris Yeltsin shakes hands with Vladimir Putin

Spirit of the times

People at a bus stop

A monk in a Yaroslavl Region monastery

Moscow at dusk

Tug-of-war competition

Vladimir Putin on vacation

A view of the Moscow River and the Kremlin

St.Petersburg’s White Nights

Competitors in an international marathon in Moscow

‘Monuments cemetery’ in Moscow’s Muzeon park

Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, recently rebuilt after being demolished by the Soviets

Peterhof fountains near St. Petersburg

A couple of homeless people

A march of WWII veterans commemorating the legendary parade of 1941

A skateboarder at a festival of youth

Grandfather Frost rides a troika during the New Year celebrations in Siberia

Rap festival in Moscow

A policeman and St. Petersburg residents

Construction market 

Children’s playground

Festival of ice sculptures

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