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Yelena Isinbayeva: A Top Athlete

The International Association of Athletics Federation has named Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia as the IAAF 2008 World Athlete of the Year for a third time. The title was awarded to her previously in 2004 and 2005, and the 26 year-old multi-award winning beauty is widely considered to be the best female pole vaulter in history, a reputation earned through hard work and dedication to her chosen sport.


Discover the Attractions of Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa

Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, or Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, located in Moscow, Russia, is a street that is steeped in history and architectural wonder. Running from the Garden Ring to Mokhovaya Street, between two legendary Moscow State University buildings, visitors to Moscow will find Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa to be lined with attractions and structures of significant historical value and offers visual insight into the colorful past of Russia.


2014 Winter Olympic Preparations Update

The vacation town of Sochi, in Russia, is located along the Black Sea with the magnificent Caucasus Mountains as the back drop. Usually the destination of choice of many holiday makers, Russia hopes to transform this spectacular coastal town into a breathtaking Olympic venue on schedule. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is set to take place from the 7th of February to the 23rd of February 2014, with the Paralympic Winter Games following from the 7th of March to the 16th of March 2014.


Russia’s Olympic Success Continues

We are now almost two weeks into the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and a lot has happened. Russia has continued to claim victory after victory despite the fact that competition this year seems to be tougher than ever. On our previous count, Russia had managed to win three gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals. That count has now increased to ten gold, fourteen silver and eighteen bronze medals.


The Mystical World of Shamanism in Siberia

Shamanism refers a religion or set of traditional beliefs that typically involve communication with spirits, with the shaman taking on the role of spiritual leader, practicer of magic and healer. There are many forms of shamanism, with the practice of it in Siberia being widespread and diverse. The traditions and beliefs of shamanism have ben passed down through the generations. Communities often rely on shaman to reveal omens, contact spirits and even heal the sick, by performing their rituals and rites, looking to shaman for guidance in many aspects of their lives.


Russian High Society at the Races

Horse racing in Russia has faced many obstacles over the years and is now beginning to follow the examples of racing industries around the world, trying to re-establish old traditions and bring back the thrill and excitement of being a spectator. And more recently, attending a horse racing event in Russia has become very fashionable, in more ways than one, attracting everyone from the working class to the socialites.


Vladimir Arsenyev Museum for Krai Regional Studies

The Vladimir Arsenyev Museum for Krai Regional Studies, also known as the Vladimir Arsenyev Primorsky State Joint Museum, was opened in 1890 and was renamed after one of the greatest explorers and writers to have lived in Russia, Vladimir Arsenyev. Located on Svetlanskaya Street in Vladivostok, the Vladimir Arsenyev Museum for Krai Regional Studies has become a popular attraction in the city and brings honor to a man who was curious to explore new regions, discover the magnificence of wildlife, educate the public on the wonder of nature and bring his adventures to life in the pages of his books.


A Museum that Brings Fairytales to Life

Fairytales are an important part of growing up. They transport children into magical worlds where they can be pirates, princesses, mermaids and kings, conquer the world, rescue the vulnerable or defeat evil with one strike of their mighty sword. In some, valuable lessons are taught, ancient events are brought to life and tales of courage and heroism warm the hearts of both young and old. And when parents think that they are not able to carry across these fairytales of wonder and excitement to their children, there is the House of Fairytales Museum in Moscow that will come to their rescue.

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