What sights of Russia are forbidden to take pictures

What sights of Russia are forbidden to take pictures

Sometimes it doesn’t fit right in your head, how is it like this: here’s a landmark for you, look as much as you like and even touch in places, but you can’t take a photo as a keepsake? And this is in our time of the absolute power of social networks, when if there is no picture on Instagram, then it was not. But the fact remains: there are places in Russia where you can look, but take a picture – in no case.

1. Temples

There is no global ban on photography in churches – each parish has its own rules. And if in some Kostroma or Yaroslavl church the public freely snaps their lenses, then, for example, in the famous Savior on Spilled Blood, Kazan and St. Isaac's Cathedrals in St. Petersburg, this will not work. As a rule, this is due to the negative effect of photo flashes on the icons, as well as the inconvenience that an enthusiastic photographer can cause to the parishioners. It is best to check with a local minister about the photo. In most cases, taking pictures is allowed.

2. Metro

Here the ban is incomplete. The metro has been considered a strategic object since Soviet times, so a tourist with professional photographic equipment and an “unhealthy interest” will inevitably attract the attention of a patrol. But who with ordinary phones or “soap boxes” (by the way, do they still exist?) – the green light. With virtually no restrictions, you can take pictures in the subways of St. Petersburg and Moscow, but in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, most likely, they will be banned.

3. Moscow Kremlin

Oddly enough, Moscow's most popular landmark cannot be photographed. More precisely, it is possible, but – with reservations. Outside and amateur cameras – there will be no objections, and in all other cases you will have to obtain special permission from the commandant of the Kremlin. This is due to the special importance of the object and fears that professional pictures will fall – disturbing music – into the wrong hands.

4. Lenin Mausoleum

Of course, there are scientific explanations why the body of the leader in the Mausoleum is strictly forbidden to be photographed, but thoughts about the ancient ziggurats of the Assyrians and Sumerians and the sinister legends associated with them, as well as associations with the Egyptian pyramids, willy-nilly come to mind. Have you heard how many misfortunes befell the researchers of ancient tombs? In general, it is better not to risk and be content with outdoor shots. Ilyich himself, perhaps, will forgive for trying to take a selfie with him, but here the guards are definitely not: proceedings and a fine cannot be avoided.

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