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25 Dining Hall in Obninsk

Dining Hall in Obninsk

Except for the first Nuclear power plant in Obninsk you can find another place to see, a gorgeous and really authentic dining hall “Zdorovie”
(Health). There you can feel the spirit of the USSR canteens with a modern scent of hot-dogs. But first, let’s go and wash our hands.
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34 Kiev Chocolate Festival

Kiev Chocolate Festival

If you dreamed of chocolate city when you were a child, Kiev chocolate festival would be just for you. It was full of chocolate sculptures and fine pictures painted with sweet brown liquid. The fountain made all of chocolate was the
main item of the show attracting eyes and tongues of the public. Those, who couldn’t wait any longer, could ask for some hot chocolate in plastic cups. Attention! Don’t click for more if you are on a diet!
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29 New Technology of Construction

New Technology of Construction

In good old times they had built houses differently. In Russia there was a construction standard of two and a half brick thickness for a wall of a residential house. This was done in order to insulate the people's dwellings from -30 frosts hitting Russia in winters. Later, when USSR collapsed, and they started free economics the standards were no longer followed by the most of the developers due to the high cost of the brick. It
is much cheaper to make a thin one brick wall and then cover it with some high-tech insulation materials that provide same heat conservation as three brick thick wall. It is even more cheaper to buy such materials from Chinese producers. Unfortunately, those are not always made according to industry standards. Insulation layers should be extremely fire proof. Unfortunately, not this time.
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11 Toffee Pierogi

Toffee Pierogi

Want to know a trick letting Russian
maids cook tasty toffee pierogi?
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15 Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny

Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny

The crystal plant is the main and the greatest construction of Gus-Khrustalny, a small Russian town, which was granted its name for the fiver it is located on (Gus) and the crystal (khrustal’) industry. In the 19th century it was known all over the Russian Empire thanks to Ivan Maltsov, who brought in a lot of European innovations, including
making Bohemian glass. In war periods the plant was manufacturing various glass mass-produced items, like thermometers, flasks, thermoses and other consumer goods. Later its status of the main crystal plant was reclaimed. In our short but fascinating photo set you can see how the crystal things are made in modern times. 
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30 The Fallen Church

The Fallen Church

Sometimes churches got tired of the lack of the faith around
and prefer to collapse rather than to serve.
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17 Lost Russian Treasures

Lost Russian Treasures

Have you ever been captivated by the miniatures in pieces of art? Some masterpieces seem to be pure perfection. This is especially sad to learn that Russia had riches but lost them in hard times for the country. There were so many perturbations in the history of Russia that it is hard to determine which one was the most devastating. But nobody will argue that Russian revolution of 1917 was the most ruining event, which
had a crucial effect upon the culture of Great Russian Empire. Many unique collections of valuable items which were cherished in the course of centuries by noble families just vanished from the country within several months. Their houses were nationalized by Bolsheviks, the palaces were ransacked. The Western market was oversaturated with antiques from revolutionary Russia at that time.
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23 B-413 Submarine. Interiors.

B-413 Submarine. Interiors.

The B-413 submarine belonged to the Soviet Northern Fleet for almost 20 years -- from 1969 to 1990. Next eight years it was a unit of the Baltic Fleet, and soon after its decommissioning, in July 2000, the B-413 became an item of the Museum of the World Ocean. Now it’s exhibited in Kaliningrad, and in 2000 after the tragedy of the Kursk submarine the museum organized a fundraising campaign for the
families of crewmembers who died in the catastrophe. The interiors haven’t changed a bit since 1969 when it was constructed. Everything there is very accurate and small, for tall men it was more than hard to live and work in the submarine, as there is little room and you had to move very quickly, especially when the situation required it. The photos below worth many words.
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16 Experimental Homemade Photography

Experimental Homemade Photography

[caption id="attachment_411" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Surreal NKVD: Catch me if you can"] [/caption] These photos are from a private collection of a typical Moscow family. They are dated back to 1936-1940 -  the years known as the  period of Stalin’s most cruel political repressions.  Several million people are said to be affected: sentenced, shot or sent off to labour camps. There is a Russian
movie about those times – “Burnt By The Sun” (Utomlennye Solncem), which in 1994 won the Academy Awards as the best foreign language film (imdb rating 7.9/10). The story is about love in the times of political turmoil, the love that survives all fears of purges and uncertainty. Surprisingly enough, people still managed to try and have a few laughs during those harsh times.
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13 First Soviet Antarctic Expedition

First Soviet Antarctic Expedition

The USSR newspapers first wrote about organizing a Soviet expedition to Antarctic on August 23, 1955. Three months later, on November 30, 1955 everything was just ready for the maiden voyage and Ob’ diesel-electric ship put out to sea from Kaliningrad to the coldest continent. It reached its destination on January 5, 1956 with captain I.A. Mun at the controls. The ship sailed along a narrow passage between icebergs
to Farr Bay and moored to the land covered with ice. Later two other ships joined the pioneer to help in carrying out the mission. Debarcation was a real trouble, as this area was very little explored and proved to be one of the most severe and difficult sites for life and work. The expedition was headed by Michail Somov, an experienced polar explorer, oceanographer and a geographer.
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