WTF? Bizarre photos from Russia’s Google Street View

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Friday 31 July 2015

It’s hard to think that these photos were taken in the age of the Internet, but it’s true. These pics were all taken from Russia’s Google Street View, courtesy of the blog VsePloho. And it’s about as depressing and bizarre as it gets.

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These college students are obsessed with Vladimir Putin

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 14 May 2015

Vladimir Putin might not be so popular in the West, but he certainly has a few followers back in Russia. Bela Doka, a Hungarian photographer, has introduced us to one of the weirdest fan clubs out there with her photo series ‘Fan Club Putin’, and yes, it’s all about that Vladimir Putin being worshipped like an idol by college students.

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All this slow loris wants to do is pole dance (and he’s pretty good at it)

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 26 March 2015

Dogs can fetch. Birds can mimic their owners. And slow lorises… well, in some cases, they pole dance. This adorable slow loris is fully trained and belongs to Irina Goncharova, a Russian Instagram personality.

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Waiting at the traffic lights, these antsy Russians decided it was dance-off time

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 23 January 2015

There’s a 1977 hit by the Jackson 5 titled Keep on Dancing. You might’ve heard it before-it’s quite catchy. Well, maybe this is why a group of Russians decided to keep on dancing at the traffic lights.

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The coldest village on Earth ‘boasts’ temperatures as low as -67C

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 29 December 2014

Whatever the weather is where you are, it could always be worse. Oymyakon worse. This is the coldest village on Earth, with the lowest temperature of -67.7C recorded in 1933. But fear not-the average is a little warmer during January, at -50C. New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple took a two-day journey from the coldest city on Earth, Yakutsk, to Oymyakon in Russia, to see just what everyday life was like.

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This plane froze on the tarmac, so the passengers moved it with a giant push

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Thursday 27 November 2014

Want to get from A to B this holiday season? You might have to push the plane on the tarmac! This story comes from Igarka airport, just above the Arctic Circle, where the plane carrying 70 passengers actually froze to the ground. It’s believed the wrong kind of grease was used for the landing gear, […]

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Ukrainians are dressing up Lenin statues to make a big statement

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 10 October 2014

We already know that dozens of Lenin statues throughout Ukraine were toppled earlier this year. But some Ukrainians are getting way more fun out of this toppling business by giving the Russian dictator a very stylish makeover.

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Frozen freshwater lake glows magnificently in turquoise

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 July 2014

Looking at the frozen wonder that is Lake Baikal, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were rich. The freshwater lake, located in Southern Siberia in Russia, is a sagely 20 to 25 million years old that, according to My Modern Met, during March every year, causes ice to form unevenly in pressure and temperature. Which […]

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New Futuristic Russian tram unveiled … and it’s super badass

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By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel, Tech on Friday 18 July 2014

It may look like Thomas The Tank-Engine’s evil Russian uncle Boris The Bus, but it’s actually so much more! Developed by Uralvagonzavod, a high-tech tank manufacturer, this is the latest addition to the Russian public transport system. Dubbed R1, or Russa One, the street-train was revealed at the 2014 Innoprom Tech-Expo earlier this week. All […]

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Be warned: Russian taxi drivers will paint you blue if you don’t pay them

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 June 2014

DO NOT, we repeat, DO NOT complain about the taxi fare or refuse to pay the taxi drivers in the Russian city of Nizhny. This is especially true if blue is so not this season. If you are rebellious and care not for our advice, these drivers will gang up on you, force you to […]

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People From the End of the Earth by Sasha Leahovcenco

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Photographer Sasha Leahovcenco traveled to the remote and hidden villages in Chukotka, Russia, to take this photo series titled People From the End of the Earth. Leahovcenco traveled so far that he found people who had never had their photo taken. He says of the project: ‘At schools, churches, homes and hospitals I could give […]

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Russian salt mines look like they were born in the 1970s

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.

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Meet the 73-year-old Russian biker-granny, Anna Petukhova

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 9 January 2014

Anna Petukhova is no ordinary granny. This 73-year-old is ‘the most unusual postwoman in the Kaluga region, Russia’. Completely solo, Anna delivers post, pensions and food on her personal ATV to 11 half-abandoned villages. She started working as a postwoman in 1995 and ‘for many people she gives the only chance to communicate with the […]

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If Snowden reviewed Moscow Airport on TripAdvisor

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now that Russia has granted Edward Snowden asylum, it’s only natural that Snowden should at least leave a review of the Moscow Airport, where he spent five agonising weeks at wondering where he could go next. It’s fictitious, of course (‘NO ONE TAKES AMERICAN EXPRESS’), but the sheer earnestness is ridiculously hilarious.

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The Polyomino Game: fashion by two geometrically obsessed designers

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By Aroha Silhouettes in New Fashion on Wednesday 17 July 2013

The Polyomino Game is a collaboration between Russia-based fashion designer Lisa Shahno and jewellery designer Tania Hennessy of Aroha Silhouettes in Canada. Over a span of six months each designer created seven unique pieces following a set of specific rules. In November 2012, the Polyomino Game came to an end with a photoshoot in Moscow, […]

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