2 On top of DUGA Complex in Chernobyl

On top of DUGA Complex in Chernobyl

The city of Chernobyl-2 is located to the north-west of the small town of Chernobyl, but it is impossible to find on any topographical map. Exploring the maps, you are likely to find a symbol for children, or the dotted lines of forest roads around the city, but no reference to either urban or technical buildings. The Soviet Union was able to hide a secret, especially if it was a military secret. Only with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant did it become known that a small town existed in the Polesian forests,
which was engaged in... "space espionage." In the 70's of the last century, there were created unique military radar systems to track ballistic missiles from military bases and submarines of the likely opponent. The radar that was created was named - horizon radar station (Duga). With it's enormous size and receiving antenna masts, Duga demanded a large human resource - about 1,000 people worked on military duty at the site. For the military and their families there was established a small town with one street.
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10 Russia in 1944

Russia in 1944

  Russia in 1943, as photographed by a German soldier, Franz. Some of the photos are colored, some
are black and white. The photos can be clicked on and the most of the photos are widescreen.
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31 Victory Day Parade 2014 in Russia

Victory Day Parade 2014 in Russia

So, it was Victory Day in Russia today and there were parades. Usually
the biggest one is in Moscow and here are some photos from there.
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2 The Soviet Stratospheric Planes

The Soviet Stratospheric Planes

The Myasishchev M-55 (NATO reporting name: Mystic-B) is a high altitude geophysical research aircraft developed by OKB Myasishchev in the Soviet Union, similar in purpose to the Lockheed ER-2, but with a twin boom fuselage and tail surface
design. It is a twin-engined development of the Myasishchev M-17 Stratosphera with a higher maximum take-off weight. The first aircraft of this series took off August 16, 1988. By 1993, there were six examples built.
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6 Soviet Magnetic Levitation Train

Soviet Magnetic Levitation Train

Wagon TA-05 - the first Soviet car on an electromagnetic levitation system, built in the period of 1985 to 1986. The first successful launch was conducted on February 25, 1986. "Our laboratory is working on a project of creating a passenger wagon that will move without touching the rails. It will move horizontally using the principle of a linear, three-phase,
asynchronous motor. Moving with a cruising speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour, the vehicle will be virtually silent. The track can be raised on a platform over the main thoroughfares of the city. One kilometer will cost 3 to 5 times less than the subway," the Head of the Laboratory VNIIPItransprogress, A. Chemodurov, said in an interview.
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5 Inside The Great Defense Towers of the Past

Inside The Great Defense Towers of the Past

Coastal artillery tower MB-2. 180 of these towers were built in the mid 30's and early 40's of the twentieth century, in various regions of the Soviet Union. They were a formidable force to protect the coast, but after the development of missile weapons, their defensive value has fallen markedly. However, the batteries continue to be
maintained in a serviceable condition, and they are used periodically for conducting training. An artillery battery is not only guns in the towers, it is also an underground powerhouse, fuel storage, command post, rangefinders and a developed system of underpasses which are interconnecting all these elements.
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22 The Soviet Crimea

The Soviet Crimea

Some photos from Crimea while in its Soviet Past. For some part of time, it was a part of the Soviet Republic of Russia, later it was
"gifted" to Ukraine by Kruschev, but in any case at that time it was one country, no borders, no differences in laws and one army.
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16 Newspaper Office Trashed in Ukraine

Newspaper Office Trashed in Ukraine

The office of a newspaper was destroyed in an Ukrainian city. As the blogger reports, this was done by a group of the rebels for "not covering their actions in the city". He mentions that even a fish tank with fishes in it was smashed and that the workers of the newspaper received threats for some time before the protesters promised to trash their place if they
did not publish the information the protesters had in mind. Also, the blogger reports on an employee of the newspaper who posted on his Facebook page that even during World War 2 their newspaper was not destroyed by nazi germans. He also mentions that only three fishes survived out of the five present in the newspaper's fish bowl.
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1 Abandoned Russian Military Hospital

Abandoned Russian Military Hospital

  Now for an abandoned Russian military hospital. Medical equipment and books, abandoned surgery rooms, labs, surgical
lamps, once planned to be used to heal and cure wounded and ill soldiers, now this is in the photos inside this post.
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3 Flight Over Moscow. Again.

Flight Over Moscow. Again.

  So, ok, I know we had it just yesterday, but here is another flight around and over Moscow in a military helicopter. This time of the year, before the
parade, it's a unique chance to get a few peeks of Moscow from the places not normally available for flying. Also peeks of some helicopters.
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