The Kuril Islands

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 11/03/2019 - 10:34
Between Kamchatka and Hokkaido the 1200 km long archipelago of 1000 islands stretches from Kamchatka (Russia) to Hokkaido (Japan): the Kuril Islands. They separate the mainland Okhotsk Sea from the northern Pacific. There are about 30 larger and smaller islands of volcanic origin, which are attributed to East Asia. About 18,000 people live on them. The high number of active volcanoes and the resulting many earthquakes, blizzards and swathes of the subarctic climate make life difficult for the islanders - nevertheless, these islands are considered the most beautiful in the world and you can already feel their magic when photographing from afar if Kunashiri turns up in the fog.

Leningrad 1991

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 11/02/2019 - 17:16

Leningrad, today's St. Petersburg, is flown by the Neva, which flows from Lake Ladoga into the New Bay of the Baltic Sea. The city is impressive at that time, especially the Hermitage on the Neva, one of the largest and most important art museums in the world. The Musuem also includes the famous Winter Palace. This is a central part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed St. Petersburg city center.


Moscow February 1991 before the August Putsch

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 11/02/2019 - 14:47

The disintegration of the Soviet Union lingered over several years of disintegration of the federal political structures of the USSR, and with the independence of the 15 Soviet Union republics between 11 March 1990 and 25 December 1991 led to a new beginning of Russia. Before the failed August Putsch in Moscow in 1991, we were traveling between Leningrad (until September 1991, then St.