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Near food shop in Chelyabinsk-city
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Near "Maneken" theatre. Night, Chelyabinsk
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Academic Theater of Drama
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Ice town building in Chelyabinsk, Russia
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Near "Maneken" theatre. Night, Chelyabinsk
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Meeting for saving Chelyabinsk Pine Forest
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Ice town building in Chelyabinsk, Russia
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