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Putyatin Island : Nature At Its Unspoiled Best

Russia is such a vast country that it would likely take more than a lifetime to explore its abundant natural beauty, discover its rich cultural heritage and learn about its extensive and fascinating history. Bearing this in mind, many who visit Russia choose which aspect of the country they would like to focus on and this helps them decide where to visit. For those who appreciate the rugged natural beauty of Russia, there are a myriad of destination choices to consider, including the charming Putyatin Island.


Russian Tourism - The Sky is Not the Limit

With the global economic crisis leaving no country untouched, Russia has made some adjustments to visa requirements in an effort to soften the blow to its vibrant tourism industry. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently signed a resolution, to come into effect 20 May 2009, which allows foreign tourists arriving in Russia by ferry to remain in the country for a maximum of three days without a visa. This three day free visa concession already applies to passengers arriving by cruise ship.


Abakan – A Fascinating South Siberian City

Located in the majestic Altai-Sayan Mountains in the middle of Russia, the city of Abakan has a recorded history going back more than four thousand years and visitors to this lovely city will find evidence of that rich history all around them. Abakan is the capital city of Russia’s Khakassia Republic in South Siberia and is an important stop-over point on the Abakan-Taishet railway line which is connected to the renowned Trans-Siberian Railway.


Experience the Adventure of a Horse Riding Holiday in Russia

Many westerners tend to think of Moscow and St. Petersburg as being Russia, and while it’s true that these ancient cities have much to offer, especially with regard to fascinating history and magnificent architecture, Russia is a vast country of indescribable beauty which is just waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous traveler. There can be no better way to explore the less traveled regions of this great country than on horseback and there are countless options available for those who would like to experience a horse riding holiday in Russia.


A Relaxing Sojourn at Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate and Park

There are well over 600 different historical and cultural monuments in the stunning city of Yekaterinburg in Russia, so those planning a little sightseeing will find that there is a never-ending selection of attractions to choose from. If you’re being faced with this dilemma, you might want to consider visiting the Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate and Park.


Visit the Buddhist Temple of Ivolginsky Datsan

Very few people will think of Russia as being a center for Buddhist worship, let alone being a place where you will find a few practicing Buddhists. Yet the country is home to a massive Buddhist temple located in Buryatia, Russia, not far from Verkhnyaya Ivolga village. It is known as the Ivolginksy Datsan.


Intricate Beauty of St. Sampson Cathedral

If you’re looking for a great attraction to see in St. Petersburg, why not visit the St. Sampson Cathedral? This picturesque old building has a lovely history and is beautifully made. Careful and on-going restorations ensure that it is kept in the best condition possible, whilst the interiors are filled with religious artworks.


Kandinsky Prize for Contemporary Art

The Kandinsky Prize not only honors top artists but awards the winners with fifty-five thousand euros in prize money. The first awards were handed out in a ceremony at the Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre on 4 December 2007. The concept was created through a collaboration between the Art Chronika Culture Foundation and the Deutsche Bank AG. It offers four categories for artists’ submissions. The winners last year were Vladlena Gromova (Young Artist), Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe (Media Art Project of the Year), Anatoly Osmolovsky (Artist of the Year) and Peter Goloschapov (People’s Choice Award). This year, more than three hundred entries were received and on 10 December 2008, the winners will be announced.

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