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DISLOCATION
 RUSSIAN FEDERATION

“Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” as Winston Churchill famously put it. Nothing could be truer. Deep inside the Arctic Circle entering Russia for the first time, and through a back door,
I feel anxious and exhilarated.

I leave Norway for the Russian frontier, a 15-kilometre electrified stretch of no man’s land. Stopping or leaving the vehicle is strictly prohibited. The driver speeds through a blizzard, past cyrillic signs and into the dense taiga. A Russian soldier appears and checks passports... for a third time. As night falls we cross the checkpoint and continue past watch towers and into the coniferous forest...

 

MURMANSK, RUSSIA
SOVIET STRUCTURE

 

MURMANSK, RUSSIA
SOVIET PYRAMID SYMOBOLISES A FLAG AT HALF-MAST, REMEMBERING the fallen soldiers OF WWII

 
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LAKE BAIKAL, RUSSIA
SHORES OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST AND DEEPEST FRESH WATER LAKE

 
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LAKE BAIKAL, RUSSIA
WATER FREEZES UP TO EIGHT FEET DEEP AND BECOMES HOME TO LOCAL FISHERMEN FOR THE WINTER

 
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LAKE BAIKAL, RUSSIA
SHORES OF Listvyanka

 

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA
THE TRANSIBERIAN EXPRESS - 5 DAYS FROM MOSCOW TO IRKUTSK COVERING 3200 MILES