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Russian snowmen in PHOTOS: 100 years of fun

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10 Jan 2022, 18:55 GMT+10

Russians love winter because of its endless outdoor leisure opportunities, and making a snowman is one of them.

In Russian, we have two words for 'snowman' - 'snegovik' and 'snezhnaya baba' (snow-woman); so it can be either male and female. These photos take us on a journey through the past.

Russian soldiers on the front of World War I have fun dressing a snowman...

Sergei Korsakov/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

... and practice their fighting skills with him.

Sergei Korsakov/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

Here are Soviet kids of the 1960s working together to make a huge snowman.

Yury Sadovnikov/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

Putting on the second giant snowball is not that easy!

Yury Sadovnikov/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

Can you imagine how this snowman was built? The secret must be even more mysterious than the building of the Egyptian pyramids.

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This boy seems to be tired after some serious construction work!

Valery Shustov/Sputnik

However, a small plain snowman is still a snowman!

Yury Sadovnikov/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

Even if the snow is a little dirty... that's no problem

Yury Sadovnikov/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

Decorating a snowman, making his face with some accessories, was always fun.

L.Knyazeva family archive/russiainphoto.ru

Creativity and imagination are always key when making a snowman or woman. Russians like to make their snow-woman with the finest features.

Eduard Penson/MAMM/MDF/russiainphoto.ru

Not only kids enjoy this favorite pastime!

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Who said that a snowman should look like three balls? You can use any form!

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How about a snow crocodile? Or whatever this may be.

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And a penguin? This is how a snowman usually looks like when the snow is melting.

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Ded Moroz and a perfectly rounded snowman in Soviet Kazakhstan in 1975.

D.Bugaeva/A.Sologubova collection/russiainphoto.ru

Here are kids of the 1990s and their Cheburashka snowman.

Boris Kuznetsov/Marina Voronina archive/russiainphoto.ru

Modern Russians still LOVE making snowmen, and utilize new technologies... for example plastic lids as eyes.

Mikhail Kireev/Sputnik

Snowman parades and contests are organized around the country... Some look a little terrifying.

Vitaly Bezrukikh/Sputnik

Others are very fashionable and badass!

Alexei Danichev/Sputnik

Exotic southern snowmen can even be seen in Sochi, the popular Black Sea coast resort. But it seems that this one is calling for help.

Artur Lebedev/Sputnik

This one is not very happy about the broom. Does anyone really make him clean up the snow?

Alexander Vilf/Sputnik

A fashionable Moscow snowman proves that a carrot serves as a perfect nose.

Valery Melnikov/Sputnik

And how do you like this snow-lady with beads?

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