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Moscow's mayor in a selfie, the runaway Ukrainian president, and RBTH behind-the-scenes Special Sochi Edition: 14 photos from Russian sports stars

A Siberian house, a stained-glass window in the metro, and Sochi souvenirs

Every person in the RBTH team has his/her own view of the Russian reality. We glance through it, scrutinize, feast our eyes upon it. Noisy cities, abandoned villages, cozy cafes, industrial ghettos, trendy spots and chubby cats...
By Elizaveta Moskviná, RBTH
Elizaveta Moskvina
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Elizaveta Moskvina

Monday. A chum (pronounced ‘choom’; a widespread form of housing common to Siberia) in Moscow’s Kuzminki Park. This winter, Muscovites rode dog sleds and played with cheerful, friendly Huskies. Click this link to find out what other interesting, unique, and truly Russian things there are to do in Moscow in the last five days of winter.

Yulia Mayorova

Yulia Mayorova

Tuesday. What can be better than waiting for spring with a warm Siberian cat? These cats’ thick fur protects them from Siberia’s freezing temperatures. There are more cute cats in our video, “The Maine Coons meet the Donskoy Sphinges on Cat Valentine's Day”

Alexandra Gorbatenko

Alexandra Gorbatenko

Wednesday. John the Baptist Church on Chernigovsky Side Street. You can go for a walk through the Zamoskvorechye (literally, “beyond the Moscow River”) district to feel that Old Moscow charm. Wonder what Moscow looked like nearly 80 years ago? Find out in our gallery.

Roman Kiselev

Roman Kiselev

Thursday. A view of the Moscow international business center, Moscow City, the symbol of New Moscow. Construction in the city is actively continuing, with many new metro stations to debut in the next few years. See the 10 most beautiful designs in our gallery.

Antonina Osipova

Antonina Osipova

Friday. The snow is melting. A view of Christ the Savior Cathedral (yes, the same one where Pussy Riot performed) from Beresenevskaya Quay. Pussy Riot continues to perform, this time in Sochi. Follow the link to see the Russian media reaction.

Elizaveta Moskvina

Elizaveta Moskvina

Saturday. A stained-glass window at Novoslobodskaya Metro Station. Here’s an interesting fact: the station was often called Ganza in the post-apocalyptic novel “Metro 2033”. The residents of this station in the book, just like any community, live off of trade and collecting fees from traders. Click here to find out how you can avoid real problems on the Moscow metro by following some simple rules.

Anastasia Kienia

Anastasia Kienia

Sunday. Sochi souvenirs. Curiously enough, Coca-Cola and Fanta first came to the Soviet Union as the official beverages of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The Coca-Cola Company was able to sign its contract with the Soviet government before the United States called for the whole world to boycott the Games.

February 21, 2014
Tags: lifestyle

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