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Pandido Khambo Lama in life (via Wikimedia)
The 12th Pandido Khambo Lama lived in tumultuous times. Czar Nicholas II invited him to the 300-year anniversary celebration of the Romanov Dynasty, and allowed him to build the first Buddhist temple in Europe. Empress Elizabeth had recognized the “lamaists” of her realm in the 18th century, but under Itigilov, the Buryat religion gained stature as one of the faiths of the empire. At home, as leader of Russia’s Buddhists, he presided over a revival in interest and participation among Buryats before retiring at the close of Russia’s involvement in World War I in 1917. In 1927, he warned his fellow monks that the “Red Teaching” was coming and urged them to escape to Tibet while they still could. Few listened. Itigilov then asked them to chant the Prayer of Death over him as he meditated, but they refused. He left instructions that he should be buried immediately and in position, and then began chanting the prayer himself. He died shortly thereafter.

Pandido Khambo Lama in life (via Wikimedia)

The 12th Pandido Khambo Lama lived in tumultuous times. Czar Nicholas II invited him to the 300-year anniversary celebration of the Romanov Dynasty, and allowed him to build the first Buddhist temple in Europe. Empress Elizabeth had recognized the “lamaists” of her realm in the 18th century, but under Itigilov, the Buryat religion gained stature as one of the faiths of the empire. At home, as leader of Russia’s Buddhists, he presided over a revival in interest and participation among Buryats before retiring at the close of Russia’s involvement in World War I in 1917. In 1927, he warned his fellow monks that the “Red Teaching” was coming and urged them to escape to Tibet while they still could. Few listened. Itigilov then asked them to chant the Prayer of Death over him as he meditated, but they refused. He left instructions that he should be buried immediately and in position, and then began chanting the prayer himself. He died shortly thereafter.

Cupids under a layer of dust: a mysterious mansion in Saint Petersburg.

Photos: Nikita Muruzin

A young White Russian officer, pictured at the onset of the Russian Civil War in late 1917.
HH:  I would cast Matt Damon for this part.

A young White Russian officer, pictured at the onset of the Russian Civil War in late 1917.

HH:  I would cast Matt Damon for this part.

In winter, everything freezes over, but in the silence life goes on. Changes in nature create different feelings, and photography’s task is to convey these changes.
 Russian photographer Vadim Gippenreiter

In winter, everything freezes over, but in the silence life goes on. Changes in nature create different feelings, and photography’s task is to convey these changes.

 Russian photographer Vadim Gippenreiter

 Vadim Gippenreĭter “Sanctuary Russia”

He was one of the few who managed to shoot the Tolbachik eruption in Kamchatka in 1975

 

Volcanic Eruption as Seen from Space
Photograph by NASA

In this incredible capture taken on 30 September 1994, we see a major eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka as seen by the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (mission: STS-68). The eruption cloud reached 60,000 feet above sea level and the winds carried ash as far as 640 miles (1,030 km) southeast from the volcano into the North Pacific air routes. This picture was made with a large format Linhof camera. While astronauts used handheld camera’s to keep up with the Kamchatka event, instruments in the cargo bay of Endeavour recorded data to support the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-2) mission.
Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and the highest active volcano of Eurasia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers about 100 kilometres (60 mi) from the Bering Sea. The volcano is part of the natural Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site. Klyuchevskaya’s first recorded eruption occurred in 1697 and it has been almost continuously active ever since. [source]
Volcanic Eruption as Seen from Space
Photograph by NASA

In this incredible capture taken on 30 September 1994, we see a major eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka as seen by the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (mission: STS-68). The eruption cloud reached 60,000 feet above sea level and the winds carried ash as far as 640 miles (1,030 km) southeast from the volcano into the North Pacific air routes. This picture was made with a large format Linhof camera. While astronauts used handheld camera’s to keep up with the Kamchatka event, instruments in the cargo bay of Endeavour recorded data to support the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-2) mission.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and the highest active volcano of Eurasia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers about 100 kilometres (60 mi) from the Bering Sea. The volcano is part of the natural Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site. Klyuchevskaya’s first recorded eruption occurred in 1697 and it has been almost continuously active ever since. [source]

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LION PALACE, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LION PALACE, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

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Soviet train conductor, 1950.

fuldagap:

Soviet train conductor, 1950.

A male polar bear, gently climbing up a cliff above the ocean, hoping to eat bird eggs. Off Orange Island, north of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. This bear was trapped on land and could not eat seals - which usually eats - because the sea ice melted around and retreated to the north due to climate change.
(Photo - Jenny Ross)

A male polar bear, gently climbing up a cliff above the ocean, hoping to eat bird eggs. Off Orange Island, north of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. This bear was trapped on land and could not eat seals - which usually eats - because the sea ice melted around and retreated to the north due to climate change.

(Photo - Jenny Ross)

The Road to World War III Runs through Ukraine
Posted on March 1, 2014 by Dave Hodges


The population of the Ukraine is 45 million and it has the second most robust economy in the former states of the former Soviet Republic. This, alone, makes the Ukraine important. However, the Ukraine’s importance extends far beyond these considerations.
In 1979, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan because they were hopeful of establishing a natural gas pipeline through the country and thus, make Russia a player in the energy business. Russia failed in this attempt. Despite losing the war in Afghanistan, the Russians pursued their policy of energy dominance under Putin. Subsequently, Russia has become a major player in the energy business in which Russia supplies much of Europe a healthy portion of its energy needs. Without the Ukraine, Russia becomes a significant purchaser of energy, not a seller. For both Europe and the Russians, the Ukraine is most important for its location, particularly as a transit state for energy. Nearly 25% of the European Union’s natural gas comes from Russia, and 80% of that gas passes through the Ukraine. Wars have been fought for far less important economic reasons.
http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/03/01/road-world-war-iii-runs-ukraine/

The Road to World War III Runs through Ukraine

The population of the Ukraine is 45 million and it has the second most robust economy in the former states of the former Soviet Republic. This, alone, makes the Ukraine important. However, the Ukraine’s importance extends far beyond these considerations.

In 1979, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan because they were hopeful of establishing a natural gas pipeline through the country and thus, make Russia a player in the energy business. Russia failed in this attempt. Despite losing the war in Afghanistan, the Russians pursued their policy of energy dominance under Putin. Subsequently, Russia has become a major player in the energy business in which Russia supplies much of Europe a healthy portion of its energy needs. Without the Ukraine, Russia becomes a significant purchaser of energy, not a seller. For both Europe and the Russians, the Ukraine is most important for its location, particularly as a transit state for energy. Nearly 25% of the European Union’s natural gas comes from Russia, and 80% of that gas passes through the Ukraine. Wars have been fought for far less important economic reasons.

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/03/01/road-world-war-iii-runs-ukraine/

Ukraine leader calls Russia’s moves a ‘declaration of war’

Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk urges Putin to pull back his troops as the new government in Kiev announces it is calling up military reservists and putting national police units on “high alert.”

"The Russians Are Coming …"  WWI
A long line of Russian troops marching westwards. September 1914.

"The Russians Are Coming …"  WWI

A long line of Russian troops marching westwards. September 1914.

Opening Ceremony 2014 Winter Olympic Games -  Fireworks Display

Opening Ceremony 2014 Winter Olympic Games -  Fireworks Display

Mother Photographs Her Kids and Animals In Beautiful Russian Countryside (Elena Shumilova)

The demonstration against the government, when 500 thousand people gathered on Manege Square in Moscow, March 10, 1991.

The demonstration against the government, when 500 thousand people gathered on Manege Square in Moscow, March 10, 1991.