The resting Antonov AN-2

The Antonov An-2 was one of the most successful  Soviet propeller planes. Nicknamed "Annushka" or "Annie", it flew for the first time on 31 August 1947. It was used as a light utility transport, parachute drop aircraft, aerial agricultural work and many other tasks suited to this large slow-flying biplane. Its slow flight and good short field performance... Continue Reading →

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Evening walk in the Ostankino park – Photo tip!

Ostankinsky District , also called simply Ostankino, is one of the 125 raions of Moscow. VDNH exhibition center and the Ostankino Tower, the tallest structure in Europe, are located in Ostankinsky. The rayon is also rightfully known for the Ostankino Palace, the third-largest wooden building in the world, which is a former summer residence and private opera theatre of Sheremetev family, originally situated several kilometres to the... Continue Reading →

The entrance to Krasnye Vorota

The Moscow Metro station of Krasnye Vorota actually has two entrances. The most famous one, and the one you see pictured above, is the South entrance, a subterranean vestibule with mezzanine stairwells and a distinctive shell-like pavilion designed by Nikolai Ladovsky, that stands on the south side of the Garden Ring (with an open Red Gates - Krasnye Vorota... Continue Reading →

Tsarskoe Selo Parks – off season

Tsarskoye Selo (or "Tsar's Village") was the town containing a former Russian residence of the Romanov imperial family and visiting nobility. It is located 24 kilometers (15 mi) south from the center of Saint Petersburg. It is now part of the town of Pushkin ( which got its name in 1937 to to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the Russian... Continue Reading →

Autumn in Moscow

Many foreigners, and western in particular, have a mental image of Moscow as a drab, grey city. This comes from years of movies where the Russian capital was portrayed as such, especially during the cold war years. But in reality Moscow is a very green city, with over 40 percent of its territory consisting of parks,... Continue Reading →

Plasticine Putin

After living in Russia for over a year, I decided to start this blog to share what I see and experience every day, living in the largest country on Earth and one certainly filled with co-existing opposites. The blog is called Russia Through The Lens, not just because I publish one (or more) picture I... Continue Reading →

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