Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is sentenced to five years in jail
June 12,2013. Moscow,Russia. Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced in Kirov to five years in jail for theft on Thursday,July 18, it is an unexpectedly tough punishment which his supporters said proved President Vladimir Putin was a dictator ruling by repression. Pictured: Anti-Putin rally in Moscow. One of the leaders of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny with his wife Julia (L) participating in the rally.
Construction works of the Baltic Nuclear Power Plant in Kaliningrad region of Russia
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About 2 years ago Russia started construction of the Baltic Nuclear Power Plant 13 kilometers south-east of Neman, in Kaliningrad region of Russian Federation.
The shutdown of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant combined with Polish plans to scrap coal-fired generation in compliance with environmental regulation means the Baltic region faces an energy crisis by 2015. Kaliningrad in particular will be isolated from what supplies are available, as the Baltic states have filed applications to de-synchronize themselves from the Russian electricity grid and join the ENTSO-E grid.
Pictured: construction of the Unit #1 base (Block #1) of the Baltic Nuclear Power Plant (also referred as The Kaliningrad Nuclear Power Plant or Baltiiskaya NPP )in Kaliningrad region of Russia.
Franz Josef Land (also Franz Joseph Land or Francis Joseph`s Land).
Franz Josef Land is an archipelago located in the far north of Russia. It is found in the Arctic Ocean north of Novaya Zemlya and east of Svalbard, and is administered by Arkhangelsk Oblast of Russia.
Pictured: monument to Nikolai Chudotvorets (Wonderer-Worker)and a chapel (back) on Alexandra Island, one of 191 ice-covered islands of Franz Joseph Land.