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Near food shop in Chelyabinsk-city
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Near "Maneken" theatre. Night, Chelyabinsk
Aleksey Shimeshov
Chelyabinsk, 275 years celebration
Aleksey Shimeshov
Chelyabinsk, 275 years celebration
Сергей Коротков
Academic Theater of Drama
Ildar Gabdrakhmanov
The Chelyabinsk state academic drama theatre of N.Orlova, Chelyabinsk
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Drama theater
Aleksey Shimeshov
Chelyabinks, non-freezing fontain
Сергей Коротков
path to the Drama
Anton Konovalov
Square Revolution
Aleksey Shimeshov
Chelyabinsk, new Year scene
Ildar Gabdrakhmanov
Revolution Square, Chelyabinsk
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Ice town building in Chelyabinsk, Russia
Marin Giurgiu
„Adormirea Maicii Domnului” (Dormition of Mother of God) Church, 1856, Giulesti, Romania
Rami Saarikorpi
Duomo Di Milano2
yunzen liu
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Marcio Cabral
Black River Falls
Alessandro Ugazio
Noli, Grotta dei Falsari
Willy Kaemena
Triebwagen 49 "Molly"
Rami Saarikorpi
Venetsia2
Rami Saarikorpi
Budapest1
Markus Lissner
downunder
Bill Edwards
Dargarth Warriors, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA
Tord Remme
Midnight Sun seen from Løpsvika, Bodø
Patios de Toledo Plaza Sto Domingo El Antiguo 5
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Near food shop in Chelyabinsk-city
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Nyagan. City Center
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Magnitka. View on destroyed mines
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Surgut-city-center
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Social photostudio on Kolkhozhaya street
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GazProm building. Surgut, Siberia, Russia
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Black rock, Magnitka
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Phisique laboratory in 11 Liceum, Chelyabinsk, Russia
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Chelyabinsk. Night view from the roof
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Roof in the center of the Chelyabinsk, South Ural, Russia
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Meeting for saving Chelyabinsk Pine Forest
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Denton's room
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