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The Secrets of a Peninsula: 150 Years Ago Russia Sold Alaska

March 30, 1867, exactly 150 years ago, the territory of Russia decreased by more than half a million square kilometers. The Russian Emperor Alexander II…

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A Soviet Auto-Legend: The AMO-F15 Truck

The AMO-F15 was the first Soviet truck ever built. The first ten such vehicles were released November 7, 1924 – the anniversary of the Great…

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Our History. Arsenalna — The Deepest Metro Station in the World

There are many metro stations with impressive architecture and design. Some of them are so beautiful or have such an interesting story that they are…

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Saint Valentine: A Gift for Everyone in Love. The History and Interesting Facts about the Most Romantic Holiday of the Year

Red hearts, winged Cupids with bows, colorful balloons, flowers and happy smiles – every winter, on the 14th of February, we find ourselves among these…

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The Burnt Manuscript, or Why Gogol Burned the Second Volume of Dead Souls

On February 24, 1852, Mykola Gogol burned the manuscript of the second, almost completed volume of Dead Souls, which he had been working on for…

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Christmas Tales Shchedryk: From a Ukrainian Village to Carnegie Hall and Hollywood

In over a hundred years, this carol has been performed with no words, no instruments, in sign language, and even with basketballs – in an…

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