Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 1
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Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 1

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A: Zhukles Fest 1

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B: Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 2

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E: Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 3

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F: Проходные ЛИИ

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G: Zhukles Fest 2

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H: В парке

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Text by Steve Smith.

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