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Russian Lake Dries Up, Leaves Locals Baffled

Lazurnoye Lake’s disappearance has baffled local residents who normally flock to the lake for a summer swim.

It’s unknown why the reservoir, located in the Leningrad region an hour’s drive from St. Petersburg, has dried up — but that hasn’t stopped Instagram users from taking advantage of the photo op.

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