9th of May is an important festivity in Russia, commemorating the victory of the Soviet Union over the "Deutsches Reich" in WW II. Almost everyone in Russia will have 1-3 days off, you will see giant flags decorating the buildings all over the cities and you will see the local people wearing badges etc.
I was a bit afraid of walking through the city in company of a german tourgroup on such a sensitive date, but in fact it was no problem at all. Tourists are always welcome, the local people were friendly as all the other days.
Without beeing able to read at least the russian alphabet you will hardly be able to get along in places like Nizny Novgorod. The inscription of "Cappucino" on my photograph is an exception, as you will hardly find anything written in our letters.
A few young people might speak english or even some german, BUT 99,9% of the people in supermarkets, shops, post-offices, train-counters, police etc. will not understand a single english word.
On the other hand plenty of russian words are really easy to be understood, when you are able to read the cyrillic letters. e.g. PECTOPAH does not make sense on a 1st view, but when reading it you will find out it is a Restaurant and for Cafe and pizzeria this applies as well.
Platzkartni is another german word used in russian and there are many more like the word for penalty in Russia is "Schtraf" similar to the german word Strafe with exactely the same meaning.
A monument for holy George fighting with the dragon was placed in the middle of the big square inside of the Kremlin, where you will find the big exhibition of cars, tanks and other machineries for war-fare. This exhibition is quite interesting to see when you think of the fact that not so many years ago it was totally forbidden to take pics of them or even enter the city of Gorkii untill 1990. In 1990 it was renamed again into its former name of Nizhny Novgorod.
Dont miss to take a closer look at the lovely street-lamps that you will find all over the Kremlin-area. 2 Lamps with the local coat of arms between them and the crown on top of it.
On my 3rd photograph : the coat of arms of Nizhny Novgorod on top of one of the entrance-gates to the Kremlin.
But not all churches are ruined: some of them are in the process of restauration. This is the Annunciation Monastery in Murom, fortunately, it was not destroyed, it is now in the custody of the Russian Orthodox Church, and people's donations allow to carry out renovation.
Murom got its name from 'Muroma', the Finno-Ugric tribe that populated the area more than 1000 years ago. The Muroma people got gradually assimilated with the Slavs. The city has an unxepectedly intersting and rich museums of history of the region, and fine arts exhibition, including amazing icons, embroidery, wood-carvings dated by 13-16 centuries, as well as paintings, crockery and furniture of 17-19 centuries. The ruined church you see in this picture is standing on the place where Ilya Muromets once built a wooden church. Ruined churches were in line with the Soviet anti-religious policy. Now things have changed, but lack of money does not allow to start restauration.