16 The Main Battle of the Afghan War

The Main Battle of the Afghan War

The other day there was held a reconstruction of the main battle for Hill 3234 in the Afghan war in Saint-Petersburg. In
1988 thirty nine Soviet paratroopers opposed between 200 and 400 special units soldiers trained in Pakistan.
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4 You Did It Right!

You Did It Right!

If someone bothers you on a road, maybe you can make it right yourself instead of
being rude in response. It does not matter that you may never hear "thanks".
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10 Russian Warrior: Ballistic Missile System Iskander

Russian Warrior: Ballistic Missile System Iskander

The tactical ballistic missile system "Iskander" may hit even very well protected targets in the territory of Europe. It is not only a tool for destruction but a military - political instrument. Only
by its presence it may prevent a serious conflict. Nevertheless it remains to be one of the most mysterious armament systems in Russia and not so much is known about "Iskander".
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9 We Better Come Back Here Four Years Later

We Better Come Back Here Four Years Later

Maybe Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) does not look attractive today but at least it has hope for future changes. It is going to hold the Football Championship in
2018 and the government has promised that the city will get a new look by then, and we hope it will. They have managed to beautify Sochi, after all.
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1 Hard Luck for An-10 Planes

Hard Luck for An-10 Planes

The destiny of An-10 planes was not a happy one, neither was their history as monuments. In 1973 many of the aircraft were discarded due to their poor condition. Most of them became monuments and together with Il-18 and Tu-104, were widely used for the improvement of different Russian cities in the 70s and 80s. The situation changed in the 90s. It was announced that the An-10 monuments had an
unkempt appearance and all of them were destroyed. The real reason was highly increased prices for non-ferrous metals. Others simply suffered from vandals back in the 80s. As a result only one An-10 aircraft was preserved and it is located in the museum of Monino, in the Moscow region. Strangely enough the other museums didn't try to acquire the disappearing planes.
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1 In the Heart of Olympic Sochi At Night

In the Heart of Olympic Sochi At Night

You have seen plenty of pictures of the Olympic city 2014, most of them taken in the daytime. Meanwhile undercover
of the night it is very beautiful as well. On the picture above is illuminated "Grand Hotel Polyana".
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4 Soviet Union: Five Years After The War

Soviet Union: Five Years After The War

By the 1950s color photos were already rather widespread among Soviet professional photographers but nevertheless most of them have been preserved only as
pages of old magazines. This is what the country looked like five years after the war, in 1950 when it was rising from the ruins at a frenetic pace.
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5 Metro Rail Tram System for a tiny Village in Siberia

Metro Rail Tram System for a tiny Village in Siberia

Paranino - a small village not far from Chelyabinsk (which got famous for its recent picturesque meteorite sky show). It's a regular village with farmers, cows or goats crossing the streets, nice nature etc. But what makes it so special? Since early 1900s it is a home of a factory that makes... trams. And when they make trams they need a handy spot for trams to get thru tests etc. For this they need a full scale tram railroad which can give the newly built trams all possible
challenges - uphill climbs, hard curves and so on. For this they have built such a track right thru the small village. Now, on a daily basis the small typical Russian settlement gets the ultra new (and old as well) trams cruising around daily. And the good guys tram builders didn't forget the needs of locals so they offer them free rides as well so the tram trail is a fully functional metro rail but deep deep in the woods. Here are some more photos:
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2 New Olympic Sports: Skelecurling, Bobathlon and others

New Olympic Sports: Skelecurling, Bobathlon and others

Ok while the Olympics are going on, some Russian bloggers decided that time has come to improve the existing olympic sports and created some mash ups. Like for example a Bobathlon - a glorious mix between
bobsled and biathlon - bobsled riders equipped with rifles have to shoot targets while speeding down the track. I wonder if they have the skis inside the car as well or not. Then next one is
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3 Retrospective of the Modern Olympic City

Retrospective of the Modern Olympic City

For the country with population of 280 million people Sochi used to substitute Egypt, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro, Thailand and Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Canaries, Cote d'Azur, Sardinia and who knows
what else! It is even hard to imagine how all those people found enough space on Sochi beaches. Check out the pictures of the modern Olympic city the way it looked like in the 1970-80s.
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