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From Dacha to Winter Palace, from Easter Eggs to Kremlin, here is a photographic alphabet of everything we love best about Russia. The Russian Federation is a vast land of forests and steppes, deserts, rivers, lakes and big cities. Over centuries of splendour, revolution and change, our country has produced some of the greatest scientists, sportsmen and women, writers, dancers and composers in the world. The perfect introduction to a fascinating country.
Prodeepta Das was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991, Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, I is for India, J is for Jamaica,Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa,R is for Russia and B is for Bangladesh.Vladimir Kabakov was born in Irkutsk, in Siberia. After leaving school, he did his military service in the Soviet Army and worked at the University of Irkutsk. He has been a carpenter, geologist and teacher, and is a sports coach and director of a St Petersburg youth club. He is also a writer and journalist. His latest Russian book, They say that Bears Don't Bite was published in 2007. Vladimir now lives in London, and returns to Russia every year. He is married with two children.
R Is for Russia
By Vladimir Kabakov, Prodeepta Das
Frances Lincoln Limited
A is for Astronaut. Russia was the first country in the world to send a human being into space. In April 1961 Yuri Gagarin made his record-breaking flight on board the spaceship Vostok 1. He spent 108 minutes in space and orbited the Earth once. The first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova,in June 1963 on the spaceship Vostok 6. She was in space fornearly three days and orbited the Earth 48 times.
R is for Russia, the biggest country in the world. The Russian Federation stretches from the Baltic Sea in the west across Europe and Asia to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea in the south. Much of Russia is covered in forest and open spaces or steppes, but we also have mountains, deserts, rivers and big cities including our capital, Moscow. During her history of splendour, revolution and change, Mother Russia has produced some of the greatest scientists, sportsmen and women, writers, dancers and composers in the world.
Excerpted from R Is for Russia by Vladimir Kabakov All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher. Excerpted from R Is for Russia by Vladimir Kabakov, Prodeepta Das All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.