The Amber Room in the Catherine Palace, near Saint Petersburg
(L) German-Russian masterpiece, looted by Nazi Germany during the World
(R) The Amber Room restored in 2003.
(L) Central Russian upland, near Zaravsk, Moscow Oblast (R) St. Nicholas
Cathedral at Zaravsk, built in 1681
Russia, officially known as the Russian Federation is a country in northern
Eurasia. The size of land is
about 17,000,000 sq km, the largest country in the world, covering a ninth
of the area of Earth's land.
The population is estimated over 141,000,000 in 2009.
Russia is known as an energy superpower. The country has the world's largest
the eighth biggest in oil reserves, and the second in coal reserves. Russia
is the world's leading
natural-gas producer and exporter. The oil production in Russia overtakes
Saudi Arabia, making it
the biggest producer of 'black gold' in the world.
(L) Key oil and gas supply pipelines from Russia
(R) Regional product per capita in Russia, as of 2007
Darker color means the higher productivity.
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St. Sophia Cathedral is on the obverse, while Novgorod Kremlin is on the
Mt. Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano in the Kamchatka Peninsula.,
which is the highest (4,750 m) active volcano of Eurasia.
Its steep, symmetrical cone towers stand about 100 kms from the Bering
(L) Space radar image of Klyuchevskaya Spoka. (R) Volcano Petropavlovsk,
(L) The brown bear is a symbol of Russia. (R) Kamchatka River, Kamchatka
The Chishima Islands (Kuril Islands) are located in the North Pacific Ocean,
between Kamchatka Peninsula
and Hokkaido. The northern islands are a part of Russia, and the southern
islands, Etorofu and Kunashiri,
are a part of Japan. These two islands were being occupied by Russia since
1945, when the Second World-
War ended. It would mean the same to that United States would still hold
the islands of Okinawa of Japan.
The long-lasting occupation of the Japanese own land by Russia, is entirely
Source: University of Texas Libraries
Special Note: Northern Territories is a Japan's inherent Island.
After the world war 2 was over, Soviet Union invaded our Kuril Islands.
Russian President Medvedev of Russia visited Kunashir Island, our own Northern
Territories, in November 2010
and July 2012. He promised to develop infrastructure of the islands. Now,
many Japanese people think that
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Russia will introduce a high-speed train.
Russia's first high speed train arrived in St Petersburg from Moscow.
Russia's highest speed railway is the Moscow-St. Petersburg Railway, with
a speed of 250 kms/h. The first upgraded
250 km/h train started to run in December 2009. Plans for the railway service
between St. Petersburg and Helsinki
at the average speed of 230 kms/h. This would allow a traveling time to
3 hours, cut from 3 hours 45 minutes.
Recently, serious talks with Japanese firm to use Shinkansen for the Moscow-Sochi
A high speed train of Russia runs between Moscow and St.Petersburg, at
650km-distance, in 3hours 45minites,
with the highest speed of 250 kms/h.
Russia's first high speed train links St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny
Russia's deputy prime minister and senator admitted the safety of Japanse
high speed train, Shinkansen,
which had no big train accident with victims in the past 40 years.
Source: NHK broadcast, January 9, 2009.
High-speed train, Sapsan
Boris Kustodiev's world of painting in Russia
Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev, 1978-1927, was a Russian painter and stage
designer. He visited France and Spain
on a grant from the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1904. He traveled to Italy,
Austria and Germany, and again
France and Italy. During these years, he painted many portraits and genre
pieces. Later, he was back once more
'in our blessed Russian land'.
(L) Bolshevik, a visual representation of the Russian Revolution, 1920
(R) Country, 1919
(L) Domovoi peeping at the sleeping merchant wife, 1922
(M) Russian venus with birch twigs in a rural banya, a Russian type sauna,
(R) Self-portrait of Boris Kustodiev in 1912
(L) The Merchant's wife, 1918 (R) Portrait of Renee Notgaft, 1914
(L) Promenade along the Volga, 1909 (R) Portrait of Renee Notgaft, 1914
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The Siberian cat which has been sent from President Putin in return for
a Japanese dog called 'Akitaken'
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Siberian cat with a Russian name of Mir, presented by President Vladimir
Putin to the Governor of Akita-prefecture
in Japan, has been handed over to his new owner.
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The article was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD. 2008-2014