In the past two days, the Olympic Flame visited several spots of special significance to the Russian history and culture. Journey continues to keep track of the progress and events of the Olympic Torch Relay together with Coca-Cola. Vlivaisya!

On Monday, October 14, the Olympic Flame arrived in the Tula Region, famous across Russia for its spiced cookies, samovars and firearms factories. Torchbearers started from Novomoskovsk, and then visited Yasnaya Polyana, the country home and estate of one of the greatest Russian authors, Lev Tolstoy. It was here that he created his best novels that people around the world still read avidly. In an interesting twist, his descendants were invited to carry the Olympic Flame in Yasnaya Polyana: his great-great-grandson Vladimir Tolstoy, a journalist, started the Olympic Torch Relay here, and Director of the Tolstoy Estate Museum Ekaterina Tolstaya completed the Torch Relay. The celebration here had a strong folk flavour, as members of folk song and dance groups welcomed the Olympic Flame with traditional Russian songs.

Sergey Kopylov, the bronze cycling medalist of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games was the first Torchbearer to carry the Olympic Flame in Tula. The arrival of the Olympic Flame to the Tula Citadel – the Tula Kremlin – was one of the most spectacular segments of the Torch Relay. Torchbearers carried the flame on top of the Southern Wall, through the Odoevsky Gate Tower and Nikitskaya Tower. Here the Olympic Flame was passed from one Torchbearer to another by the bells cast for the campanile of the Assumption Cathedral in the Tula Kremlin. Olga Slyusareva, a cycling Olympic Champion, lit the Olympic Cauldron in the city’s main square.

On Tuesday, the Olympic Flame moved to the next Russian region – the Ryazan Region. Long jump master and international bobsleigh master Kirill Sosunov was the first Torchbearer to carry the Olympic Flame in Ryazan. As many as 130 people carried the Olympic Flame along the streets of Ryazan. Traffic police officer Ivan Nifontov, a judo world champion who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, completed the Ryazan leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. A great light show and fireworks ended the celebration in Ryazan. The Coca-Cola dance show was a huge success, as it always is.

In the meantime, the Olympic Flame has set out on another expedition – this time around, all the way to the North Pole! Journey has found out that the Olympic Flame is already heading to the northernmost point on the planet aboard 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker. The icebreaker has 15 days to cover more than 5,000 kilometers from Murmansk to the North Pole and back. The Olympic Flame will be lit in the heart of the Arctic as part of Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay’s first special project: The North Pole Project. For the first time in human history, the Olympic Flame will visit the Top of the World – the spot where meridians and time zones converge, and time itself loses its meaning.

Watch the Journey for further updates – we will make sure to cover all the most interesting news of future progress of the Olympic Flame across Russia!