1 Russian Drag Racing… 105 Years Ago

Russian Drag Racing… 105 Years Ago

  In 1909, the Russian magazine "Automobile" reported on a car race. The length of the route was one VERSTA - the unit of distance that is not used anymore and which was 1066 meters - roughly one kilometer. Cars, mopeds and
motorbikes took part in the race. It's not clear who won and which car brand was fastest at that race, but its relatively short distance might allow us to call it the first drag race in the history of Russia.
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0 Fish Farm in Chernobyl

Fish Farm in Chernobyl

If you ever go to Chernobyl, you can ask an accompanying guide to show you an unusual and rather interesting scientific
object - the hydrobiologists base, which was functioning until 2008 - for more than 20 years after the accident.
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5 Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

"Electronica" is a well-known Soviet brand. Under this brand in Soviet times, different plants produced a wide range of household electrical appliances: TVs, computer systems, calculators,
electronic watches, tape recorders, video recorders and other products, but not everyone guessed that many products released under this brand were copied from samples of foreign technology.
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6 Taking a Trip Back in Time to Pripyat 1985

Taking a Trip Back in Time to Pripyat 1985

"Dead City", "scary place where will be never more people", "the city where it is better not to stay for a night " - the most often spoken characteristics of Pripyat. Most of the photo-stories about Pripyat are filled with these phrases. After similar stories a tourist who visited the city will sit in a bus thinking what an awful
place he has just visited. But this photos will tell you about another Pripyat, good and beautiful. It was a city for young people, and this atmosphere has remained there forever. It will be in Pripyat until its last day, until the last building collapses and the city finally turns back into forest.
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0 A Few Photos of Moscow

A Few Photos of Moscow

A few photos of Moscow taken almost
one hundred years ago this Friday.
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1 Handmade Carpets, Silk and Life of Fergana

Handmade Carpets, Silk and Life of Fergana

  The technology for making carpets and silk in the ex-USSR republic of Uzbekistan has never
changed. For hundreds of years, from generation to generation, they have kept it alive.
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1 Russian Restricted Arctic Village Dikson

Russian Restricted Arctic Village Dikson

Dikson is the most northern port in Russia and one of the northernmost settlements in the world. It is located so far north that one may experience complete darkness with no civil twilight from the 8th of December to the 5th of January. In most of major settlements north of the Arctic Circle, there is still substantial twilight during the polar
night at midday. It is also one of the most isolated settlements in the world. The village was named after a Swedish explorer. Dikson's inhabitants informally call their settlement the "Capital of the Arctic", a name taken from a popular Soviet song. Common citizens of Russia can't go there without a special pass.
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0 Siberia of Early 20th Century on Postcards

Siberia of Early 20th Century on Postcards

Vintage views of Siberia on postcards published in St. Petersburg by a publishing house with a Chinese name. Drawings on the postcards were made by a Russian, award
winning artist, and member of the Russian artists society. The estimate date of the views depicted is the beginning of the 20th century. Pictures are clickable.
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10 Young Belarus Guys Drafted to Serve in Army

Young Belarus Guys Drafted to Serve in Army

About one thousand young guys from Belarus were drafted to enrol in the army. The draft is obligatory in most countries of ex-USSR, including
Russia, so most of them had no choice. What you'll see in the next photo might make you think: "What really is happening here?"
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3 Living in a Common House

Living in a Common House

  Common houses were a model in Soviet Russia, where people or families coming to a city needed a place to live, but the local authorities couldn't give them an apartment (yes, apartments were free in USSR and were given out to people in need) so they gave them a room in a such a house. In the photo above, you can see a plan of the floor of the house. The numbered squares are the rooms on the floor. It is just a room, no bathroom, no kitchen, just a plain space to live with usually one window and a door leading to
the long hallway. The hallway itself leads to the sides of the building where usually the common kitchens and bathrooms were situated. Yes, one or two bathrooms for the thirty five or more rooms. Then, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, people as a rule started turning these rooms into their private property. So now, these are in private hands, but still they have one bathroom and one kitchen on each floor, and inside you can see a few photos of how it looks from inside:
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