siberian city


Блуждая по городу в серою дождливую погоду, весь мокрый и холодный ты ищешь что то непонятое в жизни, но не знаешь где это можно найти.

Читаешь в метро, в библиотеке, разговариваешь с друзьями, ходишь в клубы, в кино, и всегда в поисках чего-то, наверное ты так устроен.
Но в писках чего часто и не знаешь…
И спрашивая ответ на извечный вопрос в чем заключается смысл жизни, у совершенно разных людей получаешь массу совершенно разных ответов
да у каждого он свой:
-выпить или накуриться мохры
-чего то добиться материального, построить дом, родить ребенка, отрастить живот.
Да просто мало вообще кто над этим задумывался, мало кто его искал, и еще меньше кто его находил.
Так и проживая дни в сером мраке своих проблем, тягостей и невзгод, и не находя его уходил…
Но очень мало кто отвечал - смысл жизни в любви
в любви к жизни
в любви к людям


photos by ilya naymushin from his home in krasnoyarsk, a city of nearly a million people located along the yenisei, a river which flows over three thousand miles from its source in mongolia through siberia before emptying out into the arctic ocean. as temperatures in the siberian city drop, steam comes off the river, coating the surrounding trees in hoarfrost.

August 12, 1917 - Lenin in Hiding, Tsar Nicholas Moved to Tobolsk

Pictured - Lenin in disguise in Finland, photo from either 1905 or 1917.

Vladimir Lenin wanted nothing to do with the July Days, the failed leftist protests against the Provisional Government on July 17. Protestors had besieged the Bolshevik-led soviet and asked it to take the reins, but Lenin did not believe the time was ripe for revolution. Nevertheless, the Kerensky government cracked down by arresting Bolshevik leaders, including Trotsky and Kamenev. Lenin, however, escaped, and went into hiding in Finland.

Another problem of the Provisional Government left Petrograd in August when Tsar Nicholas II and his family were transported from Tsarskoye Selo, 15 miles south of the capital, and trained across the Urals to the Siberian city of Tobolsk. There Nicholas, Alexandra, and their five children lived in relative comfort in the governor’s house until March 1918. Nicholas had desperately hoped that the British government and his cousin, King George V, would give him asylum. Worried about a revolution of their own, the British declined.


В Поисках, прогуливаясь по пыльным дорогам жизни я живу, в пути нахожу спокойствие, и в одиночестве зимних вечеров выкуривая по пол пачки за вечер на кухни, смотря на стены сплю, иногда приходит время иногда оно просто останавливается, что даже не слышно стука собственно сердца. Многие дороги отделены непроходимыми перилами, многие тропы погрязли в грязи. В ПОИСКАХ ДОРОГИ…….

Sergei Bobkov paints Siberian cedar nut oil onto a life-size sculpture of Pallas’s Cat, also known in Russia as Manul Cat, which he made from Siberian cedar wood shavings using more than 700 thousand pieces over four years, in the village of Kozhany, southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Friday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Canadian troops of the  Siberian Expeditionary Force. They were sent as part of the larger Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War.

The Canadians saw little fighting, with fewer than 100 troops proceeding “up country” to Omsk, to serve as administrative staff for 1,500 British troops aiding the White Russian government of Admiral Kolchak. Most Canadians remained in Vladivostok, undertaking routine drill and policing duties in the volatile port city.

Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force


This filmmaker travels to Siberia and through both interviews and landscape shots explores the contrast between the arctic steppes and the gigantic industrial city that supports the local economy.

My Deadly, Beautiful City uncovers the veiled world of a Siberian Arctic mining city and how an unstoppable, unconditional passion for industrial wastelands makes its people blind to the threatening reality they face.
Their relationship with their deadly beautiful world is a chilling mirror of our own attitudes towards the earth.

AU Maria Nikolaevna biography review

Finally a biography which has been missing on our book shelves for far too long. After her successful joint biography of Emperor Alexei II and his wife, Empress Ileana Fyodorovna, the author turns our attention to one of Emperor’s elder sisters. The narative takes us since the early beginning of Maria Nikolaevna’s life, through her idylic, if sometimes isolated childhood, and describes the horrors and hardships the young Grand Duchess endured during the Great War and Revolution. Previously unpublished diaries reveal the turmoil of a hasty rescue of the Imperial family from the Siberian city of Tobolsk, which nearly ended up in tragedy for one of Maria’s sisters, after which they were all secretly spirited away into Crimea. There, finally old enough for the job, Maria Nikolaevna spent the rest of the war nursing the wounded. When finally peace was announced and monarchy in Russia restored, albeit in a new, constitutional form, the Grand Duchess returned after years to Petersburg and her home. The book does not disclose in much detail the political discussions which finally confirmed Nicholas II a deposed monarch and proclaimed his son Alexei a new Emperor, with his uncle Grand Duke Mikhail a regent until the boy woulc ome of age, however since one can easily look all information up in the already mentioned “Alexei & Ileana”, all is well. 

While Grand Duchess’ life between the year 1918-1920 must have seemed uneventful from the public point of view, the newly discovered and for the first time ever published material finally confirms that the period was marked by an emotional struggle for her. As soon as 1919 she found herself in love with General Prince Mikhail Danilov, almost ten years her senior. After a series of misunderstandings, which sprouted from a mutual feeling of not being deserving to love each other, and later the opposition of the former Empress Alexandra, who felt Danilov was too experienced (and low in rank) for her innocent daughter, the two were finally married in a lavish ceremony in Winter Palace chappel. Taking a permanent residence in the palace of Gatchina, where Prince Danilov joined the regiment of Blue Cuirasiers, the couple led a quiet life for years, together with their children: Princess Anastasia (*1923), twin Princes Konstantin and Peter (*1925) and Prince Nicholas (*1929). The Danilov family maintained close relationship with the court and Maria’s brother the Emperor, helping his young wife Ileana to adjust to her new position. 

Already popular for her amiable nature and various charity activities (Grand Duchess, now Princess Danilova, personally stood at the birth of the most effective system of local public healthcare units all over Russia, more than 50 schools, and became a renowned patroness of talented Russian artists), Maria Nikolaevna became nothing short of a legend with the outburst of the World War II. As her husband fought relentlessly against the Germans, she turned the palace of Gatchina into a hospital, following an example of her mother so many years back. Unfortunatelly, as the Germans marched on, Gatchina soon found itself in their stride, with nobody able to help. The Emperor’s sister managed to move heaven and earth to organize a safe transport of more than a thousands patients to other towns, however, aware that she would be a most valuable hostage , she decided not to follow. Instead, she disappeared. 

Four months pregnant with her youngest child, the 42 years old Grand Duchess seemingly vanished into thin winter air. The German troops could only stare into a blinding whiteness of the Russian planes, as their limbs were slowly freezing and Maria Nikolaevna passed from reality into a myth for several months. Accompanied only by one of her fellow nurses and a young officer (close friend of her husband), she headed from Gatchina down south. Traveling mostly on foot and cut off from information, she stayed in litle villages among peasants, not disclosing her indentity. But rumours travel quickly, and soon sightings of her were reported by various people, who claimed to have seen. Both the Germans and the Russians searched frantically for her, however soon the “sightings” were so numerous and reported at the same time from completely different places, that the search turned into nothing.

The missing Grand Duchess soon became a popular tale among the common people, who let their imagination run wild and transformed her into a magical being, appearing in the least expected moment in front of little huts, cloacked in white and with a crown of ice diamonds on her head. Whoever would refuse to offer her a shelter, would inevitably be punished. In many minds Maria Nikolaevna blended with the figure of Snegurochka - Snow Maiden from Russian fairytales. She would be called thus fondly among the public for the rest of her life. When she finally reapeared in Ilinkoye, dressed indeed in white (in her nursing uniform) but without any diamonds to adorn herself with, her husband rushed to her side and was presented with their youngest child, Princess Ekaterina.

Maria Nikolaevna led an active life in the years post the war as well, continuting with her philathropy and charity activities, supporting her brother and when he prematurely died after an accident in 1956, she was one of the most loved and trusted people who gathered around his son, Emperor Fyodor IV. Death of her husband, Prince Danilov, sent her into a severe depression, which she managed to overcome only with the help of her sisters. She followed the man of her heart to the other side ten years later, exactly on a day, in 1987.

Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, Princess Danilova, certainly stands tall among the most fascinating and inspirational characters of Russia history, and going through the pages of her biography is an extremely rewarding and enriching experience. To end on a truly high note, we have been informed that the author is currently busy working on another biography, and that of Maria’s elder sister, Queen Tatiana of Yugoslavia. She is also in talks with the Danish royal family, who could provide her with neccessary documents for a planned biography of Princess Anastasia, wife of Prince Knud of Denmark. Unfortunatelly there seems to be no immediate plan for a biography of the eldest sister, Olga, who gave up her Imperial title and lived in the Crimea as a professional writer, marrying a commoner Vladislav Shevchenko in 1930 (the couple had one son), living life according to her own terms. It appears the former Grand Duchess destroyed many of her diaries and letters, and whatever is left must not be touched for another twenty years, according to her wish.


“Siberian Christ” founded the City of the Sun in taiga

The Church of the Last Covenant was founded by a man who called himself Vissarion; he started forming a religious community in Siberian Taiga in 1991 - today his settlement called the City of the Sun occupies 250 hectares

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National Nature Reserve ‘Stolby’
Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.

Looking east of the Urals in the physiographic map of Russia, there’s a green field on the left, the West Siberian Plain, and a brown field on the right, the Mid-Siberian Upland, separated by a sharp boundary in the very center of the vast territory. The boundary is delineated by the Yenisei, the great Siberian river, ranked among world largest rivers. It runs a long way of about 2500 miles from mountains in Mongolia to the Arctic ocean. The river crosses the Trans-Siberian railway in Krasnoyarsk, an important Siberian city with a million-scale population. The city has various sights worth seeing but the Stolby National Wildlife Nature Reserve, its glory, is a matchless attraction.

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A Winter in Siberia

Based in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Reuters photographer Ilya Naymushin captures scenes from around the region, portraying everyday life as Russians work, play, and survive in a place infamous for its harsh winters. This collection of photos from the past winter shows some of the ways people are coping, including vehicles modified for the winter, hand-built ice-fishing huts, ice sculptures, traditional festivals, sporting events, and more.