British Naval Cemetery


In 1919 the British navy assisted the White Russians against the Reds – Winston Churchill, war secretary at the time, wanted to see if the Bolsheviks could be crushed before they could really get going. A few dozen British sailors found eternal rest in Russian soil, in a small ‘English-style’ graveyard that’s remarkably well tended, even in winter. To find it, walk past the Statoil gas station on your left, and take a sharp right after 100m towards some rusty-looking sheds.

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1. Regional Studies Museum

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2. Fine Arts Museum


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3. Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin

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4. Church of the Saviour on the Waters

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5. Ice Bathers' Hut

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6. Monument To Semyon The Cat

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7. Alyosha

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