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Explore Moscow's Underground Military Bunker

Bunker-42 is a previously top-secret Soviet-era military complex located 65-meters below the surface of the ground near the Taganskaya train station in central Moscow. While in the past the bunkers existence was a closely guarded secret, today parts of the complex are open to the public, with some areas even being hired out as a very unusual venue for corporate functions and special occasions.

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Nikolai Rezanov – Statesman, Explorer and Romantic

On July 1981 the rock opera Juno and Avos premiered at Moscow's Lenkom Theater, and more than three decades later the love story of Nikolai Rezenov and Concepción Argüello continues to draw audiences to theaters. Named after the two ships that carried Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov and his team to what was then Spanish California, the opera was written by Alexey Rybnikov, with poetry by Andrei Voznesensky. The opening season of Juno and Avos was directed by Mark Zakharov with Nikolai Karachentsov and Elena Shanina in the starring roles.

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Innovative Entertainment at Moscow's Lenkom Theater

Built in 1907 as a Merchant's Club, and in 1927 becoming the home of TRAM – the Theater for Working Youth - Moscow's Lenkom Theater has earned a reputation for being at the forefront of experimental theater during its 85-year history, having celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2007. Many well-known Russian actors gained valuable experience at the Lenkom Theater, including, among others, Zinaida Shchennikova, Andrei Takovsky, Oleg Yankovsky, Inna Churikova, Leonid Bronevoy, Vladimir Vsevolodov, Vladimir Solovyov, Aleksandr Pelevin, Nikolai Karachentsov and Nikolay Kryuchkov, the latter reaching iconic status in the cinema era of the 1930s to 1960s, appearing in 94 films during his successful acting career.

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Russian Folk Musician Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev

Born in the town of Bezhetsk in Russia's Tver Oblast in 1861, Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev is credited with the modern development and promotion of several traditional Russian musical instruments, most notably the balalaika, and is widely considered to be one of the founding influences of the Eastern European folk instrument movement.

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The Endemic Freshwater Seals of Lake Ladoga

The Red Data Book of the Russian Federation lists rare and endangered species of plants, animals and fungi within Russia's land territory, Continental shelf and marine zones which are officially granted protection. Based on the principles of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Russian Red Data Book developed from research conducted by Soviet biologists between 1961 and 1964 and serves as a valuable resource for organizing and monitoring special programs for both the protection and rehabilitation of at-risk species. Later research conducted for the Ministry of Agriculture built on information already gathered and led to the publication of the first official Red Data Book of the Russian Federation in 1978. As research continues and climate conditions change, the book is constantly revised and updated.

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Talented Russian Artist Boris Kustodiev

Born in Astrakhan on March 7, 1878, Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev built a reputation as a talented artist and stage designer during his career. His first work in the theater was designing sets for Alexander Ostrovsky's play An Ardent Heart in 1911. The production was a success, and Kustodiev began getting many offers for work in the theater. The artist himself noted that his own life, where his family rented a small part of a rich merchant's house, was like something out of an Ostrovsky play. This no doubt contributed to his success in designing sets for Ostrovsky, and he collaborated with the Russian playwright on a number of his productions, including A Stroke of Luck, It's a Family Affair, Wolves and Sheep and The Storm.

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North Hope Sled Dog Center in Kostroma

Situated in the spectacular forest terrain of north-east Kostroma in Russia, the North Hope Sled Dog Center helps orphaned children to develop to their fullest potential, with the assistance of a team of furry four-footed friends. The center is surrounded by unspoiled forests, peat dams, and taiga rivers complete with beaver dams. The pristine surroundings and healthy outdoor living provide a superb setting for helping the orphaned children overcome the psychological trauma they may have suffered, but the real credit goes to the developers of the program and most especially to the gentle-natured dogs that break down barriers and teach the children what it is to love and be loved.

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Golden Horn Bay Bridge – An Engineering Masterpiece

Inaugurated on 2 July 2012 by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on the 152nd anniversary of Vladivostok, the Golden Horn Bay Bridge stretches across the Eastern Bosphorus Strait connecting the city of Vladivostok with Russky Island. Started in August 2008, the bridge was completed in record time, with the last panel being welded into place on April 13, 2012 – taking a total of 43.5 months to create an engineering masterpiece.





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