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Russia, a land of rich history and diverse achievements

Background imageRussia Collection: Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945

Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945, photo taken by vladimir grebnev

Background imageRussia Collection: Sunrise in Space by Leonov

Sunrise in Space by Leonov
" Sunrise in Space". Gouache on cardboard. A painting by Alexei Leonov, Soviet cosmonaut and artist

Background imageRussia Collection: Save Me From My Friends! Amir Sher Ali of Afghanistan endeavors to stand between the Russian bear

Save Me From My Friends! Amir Sher Ali of Afghanistan endeavors to stand between the Russian bear
SECOND AFGHAN WAR, 1878. Save Me From My Friends! Amir Sher Ali of Afghanistan endeavors to stand between the Russian bear and the British lion as each eyes the other with suspicion

Background imageRussia Collection: BRYULLOV, Karl. The Horsewoman

BRYULLOV, Karl. The Horsewoman
BRYULLOV, Karl Pavlovitch (1799-1852). A Rider. 1832. Portrait of Giovanina and Amacilia Pacini, the Foster Children of Countess Yu. P. Samoilova. Romanticism. Oil on canvas. RUSSIA. MOSCOW. Moscow

Background imageRussia Collection: Laika the space dog postcard

Laika the space dog postcard. Artwork on postcard of Laika, the bitch who became the first animal in space. She was launched aboard the Soviet Sputnik 2 spacecraft

Background imageRussia Collection: Elton John, arrives back in London after his successful tour of Russia

Elton John, arrives back in London after his successful tour of Russia. Pictured, Elton John with the football which was presented to him by the top Russian Club Moscow Dynamo. 31st May 1979

Background imageRussia Collection: Elton John, arrives back in London after his successful tour of Russia. 31st May 1979

Elton John, arrives back in London after his successful tour of Russia. 31st May 1979

Background imageRussia Collection: Mendeleyevs periodic table, 1869

Mendeleyevs periodic table, 1869. Mendeleyevs periodic table of 1869. This is the first version of the periodic table drawn up by the Russian chemist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleyev (1834-1907)

Background imageRussia Collection: Honey bees on a honeycomb

Honey bees on a honeycomb
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) on a honeycomb. The chambers in a honeycomb are created using wax secreted by the bees. The chambers are then filled with honey, using nectar obtained from flowers

Background imageRussia Collection: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier above the sea, Franz Josef Land

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier above the sea, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic. Highly commended in Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of

Background imageRussia Collection: The Remnants of an Army

The Remnants of an Army. Photomechanical print after Elizabeth Thompson (later Lady Butler). Associated with the Retreat from Kabul, 1st Afghan War (1838-1842). Date: 1856

Background imageRussia Collection: Soviet composer, dmitri shostakovich, on the train on his way home to moscow after the first

Soviet composer, dmitri shostakovich, on the train on his way home to moscow after the first performance of his 12th symphony the year 1917 by the leningrad philharmonic

Background imageRussia Collection: Soviet propaganda poster - We want Peace

Soviet propaganda poster - We want Peace
" We want Peace!" Soviet propaganda poster - featuring a happy, singing Communist family, waving flags. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageRussia Collection: Olga Korbut at the 1976 Montreal Olympics

Olga Korbut at the 1976 Montreal Olympics
Gymnastics - 1976 Montreal Olympics - Womens Balance Beam USSRs Olga Korbut (USSR) on the way to winning the silver medal in the balance beam

Background imageRussia Collection: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Russian statesman

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Russian statesman
A photograph of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin (1870 - 1924), Russian statesman and Communist leader, circa 1920

Background imageRussia Collection: WW II - Admiral Karl Doenitz Donitz, German navy

WW II - Admiral Karl Doenitz Donitz, German navy
Vintage photograph World War II - Admiral Karl Doenitz Donitz, German navy

Background imageRussia Collection: Soviet composer, dmitri shostakovich, working in his study, 1938

Soviet composer, dmitri shostakovich, working in his study, 1938

Background imageRussia Collection: The Soviet Unions Aleksandr Karelin on the way to winning his first gold medal at the 1988 Seoul

The Soviet Unions Aleksandr Karelin on the way to winning his first gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
Wrestling - 1988 Seoul Olympics - Mens Super-Heavyweight (130kg) Greco-Roman Final The Soviet Unions Aleksandr Karelin (red) on the way to defeating Bulgarias Rangel Gerovski (blue)

Background imageRussia Collection: Carl Sagan, US astronomer

Carl Sagan, US astronomer
Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996), US astronomer and astrochemist. Sagan was a consultant and adviser to NASA, and worked on the Apollo mission, as well as the Mariner, Viking, Voyager

Background imageRussia Collection: Above the Black Sea by Leonov

Above the Black Sea by Leonov
" Above the Black Sea" by Alexei Leonov, Soviet cosmonaut and science fiction artist

Background imageRussia Collection: Map of Europe, 1870s

Map of Europe, 1870s
Map of Europe in the 1870s. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRussia Collection: Metropole Hotel, Moscow

Metropole Hotel, Moscow
Moscow : Metropole Hotel

Background imageRussia Collection: Andrei Tarkovskys Stalker (1979)

Andrei Tarkovskys Stalker (1979)

Background imageRussia Collection: Anton Chekhov with Moscow Art Theatre group

Anton Chekhov with Moscow Art Theatre group
Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (1860-1904) at the centre of a group of people from the Moscow Art Theatre -- Constantin Stanislavski on his right, Olga Knipper (Chekhovs wife) to Stanislavskis right

Background imageRussia Collection: Congress of Vienna (1814-1815). Engraving

Congress of Vienna (1814-1815). Engraving
Congress of Vienna. Conference of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman Metternich (1814-1815). Colored Engraving

Background imageRussia Collection: Practicing synchronised swimming

Practicing synchronised swimming. Aerial view of swimmers training before a junior-league synchronised swimming competition. Photographed at Trud swimming pool, Moscow, Russia

Background imageRussia Collection: Interior of Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Interior of Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Background imageRussia Collection: Map / Europe / Russia Empire

Map / Europe / Russia Empire
Map of the Russian Empire

Background imageRussia Collection: Russian Imperial Eagle

Russian Imperial Eagle
The Russian Imperial two- headed eagle surrounded by heraldic devices of the provinces of Imperial Russia

Background imageRussia Collection: Our Lady of Vladimir. beg. 12th c. Icon moved

Our Lady of Vladimir. beg. 12th c. Icon moved from Constantinople to Kiev in 1136 and Vladimir in 1155. Iconographic type Eleusa or Virgin of Tenderness. Byzantine art. Tempera on wood. RUSSIA

Background imageRussia Collection: REMBRANDT, Harmenszoon van Rijn, called (1606-1669)

REMBRANDT, Harmenszoon van Rijn, called (1606-1669). Return of the Prodigal Son. 1668. Baroque art. Oil on canvas. RUSSIA. Saint Petersburg. State Hermitage Museum

Background imageRussia Collection: SERGEI RACHMANINOFF. (1873-1943). Russian pianist, composer and conductor. Oil by Boris Chaliapin

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF. (1873-1943). Russian pianist, composer and conductor. Oil by Boris Chaliapin

Background imageRussia Collection: The barge haulers, the volga boatmen, or, in russian, burlaki

The barge haulers, the volga boatmen, or, in russian, burlaki, a painting by ilya repin from the early 1870s

Background imageRussia Collection: Mongol horseman

Mongol horseman
Mongol or Tartar horseman. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRussia Collection: Wolverine (Gulo gulo) walking over snow, Kamchatka, Far East Russia, April 2008

Wolverine (Gulo gulo) walking over snow, Kamchatka, Far East Russia, April 2008

Background imageRussia Collection: Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Long live Lenin, Soviet propaganda poster by Viktor

Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Long live Lenin, Soviet propaganda poster by Viktor Semenovich Ivanov

Background imageRussia Collection: In 1581, Ivan beat his son, Ivan in a heated argument causing his sons death

In 1581, Ivan beat his son, Ivan in a heated argument causing his sons death. Depicted in the painting by Ilya Repin, Ivan the Terrible killing his son by Ilya Repin

Background imageRussia Collection: Eternal Flame at Battle of Stalingrad Memorial

Eternal Flame at Battle of Stalingrad Memorial
Russia, Volgograd (Zaryzin, Stalingrad). Battle of Stalingrad Memorial at Mamajev Kurgan Hill. The Memorial Hall of Honour with the Eternal Flame. Date: 2010

Background imageRussia Collection: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia; a portrait in honour of his wedding to Alexandra Feodorovna on the 26th November 1894 Date: 1894

Background imageRussia Collection: Soviet propaganda poster

Soviet propaganda poster: a Red Army officer, fearing civil disorder during a strike, asks the citizens to hand in their weapons

Background imageRussia Collection: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet cosmonaut and first man in space, artwork. Gagarin was born near Gzhatsk, Russia

Background imageRussia Collection: Saint Petersburg, Russia, Eurasia. Church of the Savior on spilled blood

Saint Petersburg, Russia, Eurasia. Church of the Savior on spilled blood

Background imageRussia Collection: Wild Siberian / Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) in woodland, near Perekatnaj river

Wild Siberian / Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) in woodland, near Perekatnaj river, Lazovskyi region, Primorskyi krai, Far East Russia, February. Endangered species

Background imageRussia Collection: Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India

Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India
Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902), 8th Viceroy of India, 1884-1888. He previously served as Governor General of Canada

Background imageRussia Collection: Novoslobodskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Novoslobodskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Background imageRussia Collection: St. Basils Cathedral

St. Basils Cathedral
Moscow, Russia, Red square, view of St. Basils Cathedral

Background imageRussia Collection: Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed in Red Square in Moscow, Russia

Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed in Red Square in Moscow, Russia
Famous Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed. This church was built in Moscow on Red Square from 1555 to 1561

Background imageRussia Collection: Russian composer, sergei v, rachmaninov, looking over a manuscript at his piano in the late 1920s

Russian composer, sergei v, rachmaninov, looking over a manuscript at his piano in the late 1920s



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Russia, a land of rich history and diverse achievements. From the brave Laika, the space dog who paved the way for human space exploration, to Leonov's breathtaking painting capturing a sunrise in space. The image of Red Army soldiers raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in Berlin stands as a testament to their indomitable spirit during World War II. In 1869, Mendeleyev's periodic table revolutionized our understanding of chemistry and laid the foundation for scientific progress worldwide. Anton Chekhov, alongside Moscow Art Theatre group, brought Russian literature and theater to new heights with his timeless works. The strength and prowess were showcased by Aleksandr Karelin at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when he triumphantly won his first gold medal. Meanwhile, honey bees diligently buzzing on a honeycomb symbolize nature's harmony within this vast country. Dmitri Shostakovich composed masterpieces that stirred emotions deep within our souls while working tirelessly in his study back in 1938. Carl Sagan, an American astronomer inspired by Russia's vastness and mysteries of space. Even amidst icy landscapes like Champ Island glacier above the sea, we find polar bears gracefully roaming - symbols of resilience against adversity. Olga Korbut captivated hearts at the 1976 Montreal Olympics with her gymnastic prowess and grace. Lastly, a Soviet propaganda poster boldly proclaimed "We want Peace, " reflecting Russia's desire for global harmony despite political tensions. These glimpses into Russia's past remind us of its remarkable contributions across various fields – from science to sports; from art to exploration – shaping not only its own destiny but also leaving an indelible mark on humanity itself.