Raw Power Of The Sea by Aivazovsky.

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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky loved painting the sea.
A Crimean native, he was born in Feodosia, a port town, and thus had great waters as a constant companion.
This 19th century Russian Armenian painter had real knack for depicting waves.
Light and translucent, they perfectly capture the essence of the real thing.
Many of these paintings featured a human element, too, with ships showing the struggle between man and nature.
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During his career, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky painted more than 6000 paintings, half of which depict sea and ships.
He often went to watch naval manoeuvres and even painted the siege of Sevastopol.
Aivazovsky was widely recognized even outside the Russian Empire, receiving awards from France, Turkey and others.
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More info: artcyclopedia.ru (h/t: demilked, mymodernmet)
via Hypnotizing Translucent Waves In 19th Century Russian Paintings Capture The Raw Power Of The Sea | Bored Panda.

Cut off, Cold & Alone in the North.

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Slava eats lunch at home while talking to his parrot Kesha, as snow falls heavily outside.
Slava Korotki is a meteorologist who lives in Khodovarikha, northern Russia, on an Arctic outpost that’s an hour away by helicopter from the nearest town.
4Slava walks to the old lighthouse near Khodovarikha meteorological station to get some firewood for home
Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva grew up in the Arctic, and happened upon Slava living in the past.
She spent three weeks shooting him as he worked, rowed his homemade boat and built matchstick houses in an Arctic timewarp.
3000Slava on Kotelniy island
All photographs by Evgenia Arbugaeva.
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Cossacks Barracks.

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A photo of an old cossacks barracks. These buildings were quite magnificent at time they were built.
After the Russian Revolution the building was used first by the Soviet army and then the Russian army up until 2003.
Now it’s going to be demolished and residential houses are planned to be built in its place.
Source: An Old Abandoned Cossacks Barracks | English Russia

White Coke for Soviet hero General Zhukov.

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Marshal Georgy Zhukov (shown here with a General’s insignia) reportedly requested the manufacture of a colorless, unlabeled variant of Coca-Cola, known later as “White Coke”.
Georgy Zhukov was a Soviet war hero with a serious drinking habit. The man loved Coca-Cola.
However, the Soviet government considered Coke a sign of American imperialism and forbade its citizens from enjoying the soda. Unwilling to give up his favorite beverage, Zhukov asked America for help, and the Coca-Cola Company rose to the occasion.
What’s red, white, and enjoyed across the planet? Coca-Cola! The sugary soft drink is the world’s bestselling soda, but despite its international appeal, Coke is usually associated with America.
And that posed a pretty big problem for Georgy Zhukov.
Zhukov was a Soviet general and successfully defended Leningrad from the Nazis, was appointed Commander in Chief of the USSR’s western front, and fought the Germans at Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, and Berlin.
However, when the Russian officer wasn’t crushing enemy troops, he was refreshing himself with the cold, crisp taste of Coca-Cola.
It was pretty easy to find a bottle of Coke during World War II, even if you were a soldier in the middle of a combat zone.
On top of that, the US government considered Coke crucial to defeating the Axis powers, going so far as to exempt the Atlanta-based corporation from sugar rationing.
With Zhukov pursuing the Germans across Europe, it was only a matter of time before he discovered America’s ice cold sunshine. In fact, Eisenhower himself gave Zhukov his first bottle, and soon, the Soviet general was a Coke addict.
But when the war ended, Zhukov realized his drinking habit was in danger. Only this Soviet officer wasn’t going to give up so easily. Desperate for his soda pop, Zhukov went to the highest authority outside Russia: Harry Truman.
He asked the President if America could secretly send him a stash of Coke . . . but not just any Coke. These drinks had to be special. If someone saw him chugging a dark brown American soft drink, he’d probably end up in a Siberian gulag.
The first problem was the drink’s instantly recognizable brown color. However, a Coca-Cola chemist experimented with the recipe and found a way to create a clear soda. Secondly, the curvy bottle had to be redesigned as it was a dead giveaway.
The final product was White Coke, a clear liquid in a straight bottle, complete with a red Soviet star on a white cap. Now Zhukov could safely sip his soda in public.
via When Coca-Cola Made ‘White Coke’ For A Soviet War Hero – KnowledgeNuts.

Photos of Couples Silhouetted Against Night Sky by Andrei Sheliakin.

Photographer Andrei Sheliakin Captures Stunning Photos Show Couples Silhouetted Against Night Sky
These incredible images show a heart-warming moment between a loving couple as they’re lit up under a stunning starry night sky.
Taken on the Crimean Peninsula, the images show couples posed up beneath a glorious midnight skyscape.
“I have to take the shots at night so it makes the shoot more difficult both for me and for the couples. “Usually though, they’re up for anything to get the shots like these.
Of course, in summer everything is easier and more comfortable,” said photographer Andrei Sheliakin.
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