Moscow Russia, 25/07/2012.
Russians gather at the grave of legendary Soviet singer, poet and actor Vladimir Vysotsky to mark the 32nd anniversary of his death. Vysotsky, an alcoholic and drug addict who died in 1980 aged 42 of a heart attack, is best known for his songs of Soviet prison and military life, and his acting on stage and screen. Much of his work was officially unpublished during his lifetime, and he remains a potent anti-authoritarian symbol of protest to Russians of all ages even today. Every year hundreds gather to recite his poetry, since his songs…and celebrate with a few drinks.

Moscow Russia, 18-19/01/2012.
Some 70,000 Muscovites celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany holiday by diving into the city’s frozen lakes and rivers. Russian priests bless the waters and the faithful believe that by immersing themselves in the holy water they will wash away their sins for the year.

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