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Kitesurfing Trip to Crimea

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Kite Crimea Trip - Film about kitesurfing in Crimea (russian language)

Rocannon

Rocannon created this amazing drone video recording a kitesurfing trip to the Black Sea in Russia's Crimean Peninsula.  The video does a beautiful job of intermixing shots of the spectacular natural scenery of the Crimean coastline with some epic footage of multiple (and clearly very adept) kitesurfers skimming the water of this vast inland sea.  It looks like the trip of a lifetime, and the video was picked as a Finalist for the Drone Video of the Week contest in June, 2019.

Caucasus Aerials

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Aerial of Caucasus Mountains

sokolkola

Check out this absolutely stunning drone videos of the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, compliments of contributor sokolkola.  The mountains, which were formed by the collision of the Arabian Plate with the European Plate, serve as the cultural and geographic crossroads between Europe and Asia.  The area shown in the video is is part of the Greater Caucasus, which runs parallel and north of the Lesser Caucasus and in many spots serves as the border between Russia and Georgia.

Race up Mt. Elbrus

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ELBRUS WORLD RACE

Rocannon

Prepare to be amazed by the drone footage of a famous mountain race in Southern Russia.  It's called the Elbrus Race, and (as the name suggests) it's a race to the top of Mt. Elbrus, which has a peak elevation of about 4.75k meters (about 18.5k ft.) and is part of the Caucasus range.  The race draws on a Russian-Soviet tradition of timed ascents to the peak, which is not only the highest in Russia but is the highest peak in Europe.  The race, which recently had its tenth anniversary, is held in early August.  

The Crimean Peninsula

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New World: The Crimean Peninsula (Inspired by William Blake)

FEEL ALIVE

Contributor Feel Alive created this magnificent drone video of the Crimean Peninsula in southern Russia.  The Peninsula, which is largely covered in mountains, juts out into the northern Black Sea.  Long part of the Russian Empire, the Crimea was initially part of the Ukraine when the Soviet Union dissolved in the early 1990's.  In 2014, in a controversial vote, Crimea elected to secede from the Ukraine and join Russia.  It's considered amongst the most naturally beautiful areas in Eastern Europe.

Nighttime Hyperlapse of Sochi

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Sochi, Russia | night hyperlapse

nobody_is_perfect

Contributor nobody_is_perfect put the hyperlapse functionality of the DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to good use in this amazing nighttime video of Sochi, Russia.  The video runs along the Black Sea waterfront of this port city in the Krasnodar Krai oblast (province) of Southern Russia.   You'll be able to see the high rise resorts which form the beating heart of this city near the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, which was the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.  

Crimea's Valley of Ghosts

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Valley of Ghosts

sinaysky

The Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea is known for its highly unusual geology, and one of the most famous examples of this is the Valley of Ghosts.  Seen here in this drone video by Bogdan Sinayskiy, it's located on Crimea's southeastern coast, on the southern face of Demerdzhi Mountain.  The valley gets its name from the stones which can be seen to resemble all manner of real or imaginary creatures.  Watch the video and you'll see what we're talking about!  

Aerial Tour of Dagestan

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Dagestan Gapjigay

Rasul Abdurazakov

Check out this drone video from the very southernmost province of Russia, compliments of contributor Rasul Abdurazakov.  Dagestan is the southernmost republic in the North Caucasus Region, the southernmost of Russia's official regions.  Dagestan is in the heart of the great Caucasus region which straddles Europe and Asia.  It has a long coastline on the Caspian Sea, and a mountainous interior. It's known as the most ethnically diverse of Russia's republics, with a large Muslim population.  

Krasnodar: City of the Kuban

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Welcome to Krasnodar

Garry Studio

Krasnodar is one of the most important cities in southern Russia.  It is situated in the triangle formed by the Black Sea and its Sea of Azov extension, on the Kuban River.  Depending on the area being counted, it's somewhere amongst the top 15-20 cities in Russia in terms of population. It's part of an area known as the Kuban, which was an area settled by the Cossacks, in part as a means for Russia to protect itself from incursions into the heart of Russia by the Ottoman Empire.  

Northern Caucasus: Republic of Adygea

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Wild Adygea

Garry Studio

Contributor and drone pilot Garry Studios created this marvelous aerial video of Adygea, one of the republics which make up southern Russia.  Adygea lies on the northern fringe of the Caucasus range, roughly due east from Krasnodar (the largest city in the region) and due north from Socchi (the 2014 Winter Olympics host city).  With a stunningly beautiful landscape, Adgyea is crossed by many rivers, the largest being the Kuban, the most important waterway in the North Caucasus region.

Crimea's Genoese Fortress by FPV

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Fortress on the cliff. The ruins of an ancient greek city

craig_dt

See one of the most popular and prominent attractions in the Crimean peninsula, the Genoese Fortress, in this Travel FPV video by craig_dt. It's located near Sudak, in the middle of Crimea's southeastern coastline.  Built in 1371, the fortress was a stronghold of the Soldayya colony with wall that was nearly 2 meters (6 ft.) thick. Craig_dt is also giving us an aerial tour of Mount Mithridat, a large hill located on the eastern Kerch Peninsula in Crimea. The view from the top of the hill is impeccable, stretching out as far as the Caucasus shore. 

Volgagrad: Great Patriotic War Monument

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Mother Russia /Volgograd Russia

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The southern Russian city of Volgograd was once known as Stalingrad.  In the late 1942 and early 1943, it was the site of a terrible battle between Nazi Germany and the Red Army which marked the turning point of World War II.  The most prominent site in the city is the statue of Mother Russia, erected to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers and civilians who died there.  This drone video captures the immensity of the statue and the losses that led to its construction.

Crimea: Yalta

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Crimea: Seaside Yalta

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In this video you'll get a bird's eye view of Yalta, a city on the Black Sea coastline of the Crimean Peninsula.  The Crimea became part of the Ukraine following the dissolution of the USSR in the 1990's, but recently voted to rejoin Russia.  Yalta was the site of a famous meeting during the closing months of World War II, when Allied leaders Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin met to begin planning the post-war world order.  It was the second and last meeting of the so-called Big Three.

Aerial Tour of the Causasus

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Caucasus Aerial by Action Brothers

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Nicko once again holds nothing back when showing off the beauty of the Caucasus region of southern Russia. The elegant backdrop of this amazing mountain range, whether covered in snow or standing bold in lush green, provide the perfect backdrop for winter sports (including the 1014 Winter Olympics, held in Sochi), charming villages, breathtaking vistas, and the rolling clouds. This video was a finalist for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest.

Nort Caucasus District: Kabardino-Balkaria

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Kabardino-Balkaria from above

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Kabardino-Balkaria is one of the republics that make up the North Caucasus Federal District of southern Russia.  It lies almost exactly midway between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the two dominant bodies of water in the region.  Like a number of the provinces in the area, Kabardino-Balkaria's southern portion lies in the Caucasus Mountains while its northern portion lies on the plain (steppe) of southern Russia.  You can see this beautiful land from above in this drone video by Visione.One.

Crimea's Famous Mud Baths

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Huge Mud Bath in Kurortne, Crimea

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For centuries, the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea has been a place known for its supposedly curative mud baths.  The spas built around these natural phenomena have been part of the Crimea's landscape since the early 1800's.  In this drone video by contributor Martijneir, you can get a bird's eye view of one of these famous baths near Kurotne.  While the Crimea was part of the Ukraine following the breakup of the USSR, it was re-attached to Russia following a 2014 plebiscite.       

Elbrus: Rooftop of the Caucasus

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Mt. Elbrus: Russia's Tallest Peak (5642 m)

Playrocker

In this video, you'll get a magnificent look at the highest mountain in Russia.  Mt. Elbrus is lcoated in the southern part of the country, near the border with Georgia.  It's a dormant volcano.  It's peak sits 5.6k meters (about 18.5k ft.) above sea level.  Geologically, it is a mere infant, having been formed only about 2.5 million years ago.  It is believed to have last erupted around 2,000 years ago.  The tallest mountain in Russia, it marked the furthest by the armies of Nazi Germany during World War II. 

FPV Boat Race Chase in Rostov-on-Don

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Chasing Racing Boats with FPV, Rostov-on-Don

D3nzlFPV

Here's an amazing FPV video of a boat race on the Don River in southern Russia from contributor and FPV pilot D3nzlFPV.  It's a great example of the power of racing drones to film subjects which are simply moving too fast for gimbal-stabilized camera drones.  The filming scene is near the city of Rostov-on-Don, a port city near the mouth of the mighty Don River in Russia's Southern Federated District.  The Don is one of the most important waterways in southern Russia.  

Resort in the Caucasus

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The Caucasus Mountains are Calling

TANYA SHKONDINA

Check out this stunning drone video from the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia, compliments of contributor Tanya Shkondina.  It was shot around the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in Russia's North Caucasus Region.  Rosa Khutor hosted many of the skiing events of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were hosted by Sochi.  Mt. Roza, its highest peak, is about 2.3kk meters (7.6k ft.) above sea level and is reachable by gondola; the vertical drop from the peak is about 1.75k meters or about 5.8k ft. 

Fun in Crimea

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🏄Extreme & Fun Crimea🚤

Gzhuravlev

Check out this stunning drone footage of some amazing action sports activities from the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea by contributor Gzhuravlev.  The Crimean is a large peninsula which extends from the north shore of the Black Sea.  A near-island, its only connection to the mainland is via the Isthmus of Perekop.  The area shown in the video is on the southern shore of the peninsula, which was part of Ukraine for nearly 25 years before becoming annexed by Russia in 2014.

Trip to the Crimean Peninsula

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Awesome road trip to Crimea, Russia!

robert_msk

Contributor robert_msk combined drone and ground camera footage to create this epic video record of a trip to the Crimean Peninsula in the southern part of Russia.  Once known as the Tauric Peninsula, it's a major landform which juts southward into the Black Sea connected to the mainland by the tiny Isthmus of Perekop.  It's home to some of the most stunning natural and cultural scenery in Eastern Europe, including magnificent cliffs, hilltop castles, and even a heart-shaped reservoir lake.  

FPV Cruising on the Black Sea

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Rock on seaside

craig_dt

Check out the Black Sea coast of Russia from an entirely new perspective in this first person view (FPV) video by contributor and FPV pilot craig_dt.  He strapped on his FPV goggles and took his racing quad out for a spin on the sea's northeastern shore near Tuapse, which is about a two hour drive northwest (along the coast) from 2014 Olympic Host City Sochi.  The video provides an amazing perspective skimming along the beautiful cliff-lined waters, where he encounters some canoes as well as a giant yacht.  

Krasnodar and Sochi

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Russia

Jasonkmclean

Ride along with contributor Jasnkmclean on an aerial tour of two of the most important cities in Southern Russia.  Krasnodar is the capital of the oblast (province) of Krasnodar Krai.  One of Russia's 15-16 largest cities, it's situated on the Kuban River, one of the region's most important waterways.  Sochi lies to the southeast of the provincial capital, on the Black Sea.  Russia's primary resort town on the Black Sea, Sochi was the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.  

Abandoned Village in Dagestan

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Gamsutl

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Check out this stunning drone video of an abandoned village in the mountains of Southern Russia, compliments of contributor airdag.  It's called Gamsutl, and it's located in the republic of Dagestan, one of the seven Federal Subjects (basically, provinces) which make up the North Caucasus region of the country.  The village was constructed by the Avars, one of the native ethnic groups of the northeastern Caucasus region.  It's one of the oldest settlements in Dagestan.  

Winter in the North Caucasus

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Winter night

Dmitry
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See North Caucasus from above thanks to talented drone pilot, Dmitry. North Caucasus, or Ciscaucasia, is the northern part of the Caucasus region in Russia. It is located between the Sea of Azov and Black Sea to the west and the Caspian Sea to the east. The beautiful region can be seen during winter, the hills and plains covered in snow, in this video, but that’s not all the makes it special. It's his editing talents, that are certainly on display in this entertaining piece, that make it stand out. 

The Fields of Stavropol Krai

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Russian field

Dmitry
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Check out this highly cinematic aerial view of a giant field in Southern Russia, where the vast plains of the Eurasian Steppe give way to the foothills of the great Caucasus Mountains.  The area is around the town of Pyatigorsk, a spa town in the Stavropol Krai in the North Caucasus Region.  The prominence of these mountains is due in part to the sudden-ness of the transition: this almost board-flat landscape is less than 100 km (under 60 mi.) from the mighty Mt. Elbirus, Russia's tallest peak.  

Stalingrad: Sacrifice on the Volga

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Mamaev Kurgan Monument, Volgograd

Peter31Scott

The Mamaev Kurgan is a hill overlooking the city of Volgagrad in Southern Russia.  Atop it sits one of the most important symbols of Russia's Great Patriotic War with Germany, known to most of the world as World War II.  It's a statue called The Motherland Calls, and it's one of the world's tallest.  Dedicated in 1967, it commemorates the titanic struggle that transpired here in 1942-3 when the city (then known as Stalingrad) was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in history.  

Sochi's Olympic Park

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Sochi Olympic Park

Garry Studio

Garry Studios created this amazing drone video of the Olympic Park at Sochi, Russia.  This city on the Black Sea in the Krasnodar Krai Oblast (province) in Southern Russia was the center of the world for two weeks in February, 2014 when it hosted the XXII Winter Olympic Games.  It was the first Olympics held in Russia (or the Former Soviet Union) since the boycott-marred 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.  The Sochi Games took place in the city as well as in the nearby Caucasus Mountains.  

Dagestgan's Mountainous Rutulsky District

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Лучек

Rasul Abdurazakov

Dagestan is what as known as a republic of Russia, a form of administrative division which is similar to an oblast which is used in many of the non-Russian ethnic regions of the vast country.  Dagestan is situated in the North Caucasus region, along the western side of the Caspian Sea and extending some ways inland.  In this drone video by Rasul Abdurazakov, you'll get an aerial view of the Dagestan's Rutulsky District, a mountainous area in the southwestern part of the republic.  

Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia: Arkhyz

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North Caucasus. Arkhyz

Dmitry
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Check out this beautiful drone video from Southern Russia, compliments of contributor Dmitry.  It was filmed in the area around the village of Arkkhyz.  The village is part of the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, which in turn is part of Russia's official North Caucasus region.  The village lies about 70 km (around 40 mi.) inland from the Black Sea, at the base of the great Caucasus Mountain Range.  It sits in the valley of the Bolshoy Zelenchuk River, a tributary of the Kuban.  

Balaclava, Crimea

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Balaclava, Crimea

leofacker

Balaklava is located just south of Sevastopol, the main city of the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea.   Seen here in this dronie shot by leofacker, Balaclava is a storied name by virtue of the battle which occurred here in October, 1854, during the early phase of the Crimean War.  The disastrous charge by a British formation against well-prepared Russian defenses was immortalized by Lord Tennyson in his narrative poem The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Paragliding near Krasnaya Polyana

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Paraglide

sinaysky

In this drone video by contributor and drone pilot Bogdan Sinayskiy, you'll follow a paraglider off the top of a mountain in Southern Russia. Paragliding is the adventure (some would say extreme) sport of flying a lightweight parachute "glider", usually down the slope of a mountain.   If you’ve never seen it from above, definitely give this short video a watch. The video was filmed near Krasnaya Polyana, a famed ski area in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. 

Sochi: Russia's Olympic Host City

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Sochi

Garry Studio

Sochi is a Russian city on the eastern end of the Black Sea, at the edge of the Caucasus region which connects Europe to Asia. Sochie took the world's center stage in 2014 when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXII Winter Olympic Games. More recently, it hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup Games and the Russian Grand Prix. Carry Studio used a drone to create a beautiful aerial portrait of this charming city at golden hour.

Dagestan by Drone

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Dagestan, Russia

nikybwd

See beautiful Dagestan from above in this incredible drone video by pilot nikybwd. The federal subject of Russia is located in the North Caucasus region.  Bounded by the Caspian Sea and partially covered by the Caucasus Mountains, Dagestan is a word with Turkish and Persian origins that means “mountain” and “land.”  The video features spectacular footage from across the region, including the large fortress in Derbent; Derbent is believed to be the oldest city in Russia. 

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