When it is cold outside - like it was in Moscow today - you need to keep moving to stay warm. Thus, Vlad's weekend job as a Moscow street performer wasn't easy today - his goal was to pretend to be a statue of a fisherman and pretty much stand still over the course of a few hours. A metals trader who studied atomic power station construction, Vlad said he likes that his statue performance ''makes people happy and makes them smile.''
Photos from a 4-day visit to Kalmykia in the south of Russia near the Caspian Sea. I visited Kalmykia in August, when the Lotus flowers were in bloom.