Faces of Russia

Travel is not only about the places you visit, but also about people we meet while traveling. So much of a person, and of a place, is written on the face. A smile from a child in Yakutia village, a gap-toothed grin from a babushka in Kamchatka, or a solemn frown from a pedestrian in downtown – we want to display some of our best photos of modern Russians.


Photo: Itelmen Girl by Ivan Efimushkin

Photo: Itelmen girl, courtesy of Ivan Efimushkin
The Itelmen, sometimes known as Kamchadal, are an ethnic group who are the original inhabitants living on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.



Photo: Russian girl with a wreath of rowan on her head, Courtesy of Vladislav Vlasov
In traditional Russian culture, floral wreath is worn by girls and women on festive occasions and holy days.



Photo: Shaman in Kamchatka went into a shamanic trance using a trance-inducing drum, Courtesy of Vasily Rusin.
Shamanism is found among numerous ethnic groups in Siberia. Many continue to observe shamanistic practices in modern times.



Photo: Modern Yakut Girls, Courtesy by Aitalina Solovieva.
Yakut or Sakha people are native population in eastern Siberian region known as Sakha (Yakutia) Republic.



Photo: Babushka (old lady) in Petropavlovsk-Kamchtsky, Courtesy of Chris Burkard
You’ll find many babushkas at the Russian markets selling items from their garden or homemade fast food.



Photo: A Russian couple at their country house (dacha) outside of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Courtesy of JATM.
Dacha in Russia is a cultural phenomenon. It is a kind of country house. Unlike in other countries, Russian dacha is not a sign of luxury but a special tradition. City residents go to dachas to relax in the country side, grow vegetables, fruits and berries.



Photo: Seller at the fish market in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Courtesy of JATM.
Farmer’s market is one of the most popular places for Russians to shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, etc. Farmer’s markets are like open-air bazaars and are always crowded with people. These lively places offer a fun way of experiencing the real Russia. There are also “things markets” – nonfood markets where you can find clothes, shoes, tools, or just about anything else usually at prices below what stores charge.



Photo: Sellers at the farmer’s market in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Courtesy of Chris Burkard.



Photo: Boy fishing with his father in Yakutia, Russia, Courtesy of Yuri Sleptsov.
Yakutia is famous not only for its diamond industry and natural resources, but also for its natural beauty, diverse culture of native Yakut people, and for the spirit of adventure in the most remote lands of the world.



Photo: Hiker is taking a break after reaching the top of Vilyuchinsky volcano in Kamchatka, Russia, Courtesy of Svetlana Koltsova.
There are over 300 volcanoes in Kamchatka, among which 29 are still active.



Photo: A fisherwoman in Kamchtatka displays the chinook salmon, Courtesy of Alexander Tereschenko. 
Kamchatka is home to the world’s most abundant and biologically diverse population of chinook, silver, chum, and
sockeye salmon.



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