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Portrait on TE? It's not a portrait! It's a strong (about 12-fold) zoom on the Guard of Honor, ceremonial character!
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Here's a photo of the soldier of the guard near the Tomb of Unknown Soldier at the wall of the Kremlin, under the heavy snowfall and with crouds of onlookers and photographers around.
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Russian nation as a nation, is very unmilitaristic. But inside all cynicism and irony, and disbelief, which is quite characteristic for the national character, hides love towards ceremonies. That's why parades on the Red Square, that's why the online TV translations of unbeleivably beautiful, long and complex Easter Mass gathers millions of watchers. That's why Day of the Navy in St-Petersburg gathers half of the city; people likes to WATCH the show.
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So, here it is, one of the parts of the ceremonies, It's not militaristic, it's kind of sad and dignified, to stand like this, without any moving, for hours, near the Eternal Flame at the steps of the Kremlin, looking at the tourists all around the world who are taking photos of you as if you're the statue or something like that.

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  • Copyright: Uhu Owl (Uhu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 0 N: 1684] (8399)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-02-14
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Exposure: f/4.8, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 2:52
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