November 11, 2020

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The most fascinating places in Russia

Good afternoon, my dear friends, how are you? Today I would like to share with you the most unusual and exciting places in my huge country.

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I have written a lot about beautiful lakes, mystical caves and my favorite cities, so I want to introduce you to even more unusual places such as the desert in Russia, the dirtiest city on the planet and the coldest location in the world. In this post, you will learn all this and a little more from my article. So if you are already interested, please sit down, make your favorite coffee or tea, and get ready for a virtual trip together with me. Let’s start.

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#1. Oymyakon, Yakutia | Coldest Place on Earth!

This place is considered one of the poles of cold and the coldest place on Earth, the temperature here can drop to -70 degrees. And yes, this is a whole settlement where people live, there are schools, shops, bakeries, hospitals and kindergartens. The problem is that it is hellishly cold here and if you live in one of the European countries and complain about cold, believe me, you do not know what it really is to freeze.

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Locals raise livestock, graze reindeer, try to cope with the harsh weather conditions, pets are allowed to go outside only in spring or summer, when temperatures can reach 30 degrees, but summers are very short, cold weather is most of the year. One of the problems faced by local residents is burials; in order to bury the deceased, you need to heat the frozen ground with a fire for 2-3 days or cancel school if the temperature is below 52 degrees. Honestly, in the Far East, where I lived, it is also a very cold winter, about – 35 degrees and I was already freezing in such conditions, so I don’t like winter so much.

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I think that I would not visit Oymyakon, I would freeze on the very first day. The most interesting thing is that this place has hot springs that do not freeze even at such extreme temperatures, they feed the local rivers, which also do not freeze. That is why Oymyakon is translated as «non-freezing river».

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Many tourists know about this amazing place in Russia, but getting there is quite problematic and expensive, small local planes fly there, ferries sail and cars go, but it takes a very long time, but if you are not afraid to stay in the kingdom of eternal cold forever, welcome to Oymyakon, the cold pole on the planet.

#2. Charsky Sands, Trans-Baikal Territory | Hottest place in Russia – A Desert!

Now let’s talk about a warm place. Chara Sands is called the most irregular desert on the planet and that’s why – it is located among mountains, swamps and lakes, its origin still remains a mystery to scientists, because it combines two completely different landscapes.

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For some, the word desert can cause negative associations – «heat», «dehydration», «death», for someone it will be «oasis», «mirage», «camel caravan», but I will hasten to calm you down. You will definitely not get lost in this desert, it is rather small, but not toy, with real dunes and the absence of life, only snowy mountains and blue lakes surround this incredible creation of nature, making you think about its extraterrestrial origin.

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You will not experience the oppressive feeling of loneliness in this desert, but you can get lost in bad weather. But don’t worry, no one has died in this place yet, unless it was getting a little scary. For a complete resemblance to the great deserts of the world, this place lacks the scorching sun, scorpions and camel caravans.

#3. Karabash, Chelyabinsk region | Dirtiest city in Russia – or maybe the world!

One of the dirtiest cities in Russia, someone calls it the most dirty city in the world, and all due to the fact that during the Soviet Union, gold reserves were found on this place, and later copper, powerful excavations began, but no one about ecology at that time thought about this.

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As a result, after some time the amount of harmful emissions from factories exceeded all permissible norms, acid rains began, which destroyed vegetation, life in rivers, and also caused great damage not only to nature, but also to human health. Now in Karabash, there are about 12,000 residents with terrible diseases, eczema, cancer, abnormal intrauterine development. Nature has not recovered its losses and the city resembles a picture from a terrible future, the roads are painted with all shades of orange, reminiscent of the surface of Mars.

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Currently, copper mining plants are still operating in this city, but now with purification plants that will no longer save either nature or human lives. I’m not even talking about how difficult it is to breathe in this city and why many residents quickly left it. Now it is a dying city and the inscription «Save and Preserve» under the Orthodox cross on a hill reminds of how selfish and cruel a person is in his desires.

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It is hard to believe that people live in such conditions. To be honest, I did not know about the existence of this city until today and I am shocked by how humanity is destroying itself. Just think that almost 100 years of operation of one plant has changed the landscape of nature, destroyed vegetation and animals, and also caused enormous damage to innocent people. This city must remind us of how unreasonably and merciless we treat nature, that we must take care of it and each other. Otherwise, such cities are our future and we will only see animals or trees in movies or in pictures.
 

In conclusion….
My dear readers, thank you for reading to the end, I hope you liked my selection today. Please leave the comments and share it with your friends, let’s people know about some fascinating and existing places in my big country. I wish you to keep a good mood during the difficult time, dream more, take care not just about yourself but also for others. See you in my next blog 😊

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