'Entrance to Porzhenskiy Pogost. View from the bell tower' by misha maslennikov ~ Churchyard in the Russian coastal city of Arkhangelsk (near the White Sea Solovetsky Islands where the cats, Russian Blues, a.k.a., Archangel Blues, supposedly originated). Russian Orthodox cross!
Pole of Cold (Russia). 'There’s no better place in the world to be cold than in the Sakha Republic, home of the self proclaimed ‘pole of cold’. Yakutsk, the capital, is the world’s coldest city of any decent size. But the actual pole of cold – the coldest inhabited place on earth – is in Oymyakon, where temperatures have dropped to –71°C.' ://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/russian-far-east/yakutsk/travel-tips-and-articles/25496
Franz Josef Land: "More northerly than Svalbard, the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land is one of the most inaccessible islands on the planet and plays host to an important breeding colony of seabirds".