10 Living on the Atomic Icebreaker

Living on the Atomic Icebreaker

What is it like to live on such a ship? Is it like living on a luxury cruise liner or is it more like staying in the cabin of a truck? We can find this out thanks to Sergei, who continues posting
his photos from the trip he took on this large ship of the Russian fleet. You might be surprised but there is even a room on this ship where the crew members can play volleyball!

4 Russian Tsar Declaring the War

Russian Tsar Declaring the War

A crowd of people has gathered on the Dvortsovaia (Palace) square in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian Tsar Nikolai II comes to the balcony in person to read the declaration of War. The Russian empire declares the war on Germany. The crowd meet the decision of entering into a war with patriotic joy and enthusiasm. Some people hold banners: "Slavic people unite!", "Let Serbia
Live!", "It is a Slavic Hour now!", "All for one and one for all!", "For Motherland!". See how it was with these wide screen documentary photos of the event that took place in the capital of Russia on August the 2nd, 1914. Three years before the emperor read another declaration of Abdication - causing Imperial Russia to cease to exist in 1917.

10 Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

In Russia, some people say the city of Karabash is the blackest point on the planet. As Dmitrij, the photographer writes: "Karabash is Southern Uralian Mars. It has all the signs of an extraterrestrial place - dead soil, covered with cracks, a river with its reddish-yellow waters with no signs of life and black artificial mountains." Then he
explains that the reason for all this is a large copper molding factory which has poisoned the local nature for years. He says that in the 1990s the city was called the most polluted city on Earth and acknowledged as a real catastrophic site. Here are a few photos of the place taken by Dmitrij with his flying drone:

1 Russian Harvest of Watermelons

Russian Harvest of Watermelons

Not all of the watermelons in Russia are imported from Mexico. In fact, I doubt that any of them are from Mexico at all, most come from the Southern ex-Soviet states, some from Turkey and Israel, and Spain is a large exporter of fruit to Russia as well. However, there is a traditional source of Russian made watermelons as well. The Astrakhan region of Russia was known for its watermelon harvest well before Communism, serving the old Russia with this fruit in summer. Then through
the USSR era, when the import of watermelons was not very popular, Astrakhan together with Southern republics served big red berries to the tables of the Soviet working class. Now the tradition is still being observed, and sometimes preference is given for the "local" Russian or Astrakhanian watermelons over the "imported" fruit. Last week they officially started harvesting them. Here are a few shots of how its being done made by Yevgeny P.
4 Russian Closed City Znamensk

Russian Closed City Znamensk

According to statistics, every 115th person in Russia is living in a closed city. A person needs to have a special pass to get into such a city. Now, the country has 44 such cities, and their combined population is over 1.2 million people. Russian blogger and businessman Sergey has visited one of them and this is what he shares with us: Two weeks before the expedition, we passed our passports for approval to visit Znamensk. 20 000 people live there and work at the
military range, Kapustin Yar. The city is surrounded by several rings of checkpoints. Previously, closed cities were classified and all residents had to sign a statement not to disclose their place of residence. In case of travel, such a person was supposed to respond to questions with the typical stories: for example, if a person lived in Znamensk, he supposed to say that he is from the nearby towns - Ahtubinsk or Volgograd.

3 Abandoned Luxury Cottages

Abandoned Luxury Cottages

In Moscow and near to the city, plots of land cost a lot compared with most of the rest of Russia. However, even there you can find abandoned luxury houses, like those which were discovered by blogger Boris. He says that these houses were built by
a contractor who failed to get all necessary permits and they are built in a forest that has a national park status, very close to the most luxurious part of Moscow's suburbs - Rublevka.   Let's see what they've got there.

2 Kazakhstan Super Grannies

Kazakhstan Super Grannies

A sort of strange show has started on Kazakhstan TV, as reported by a Kazakhstan online news outlet. They take women in their early sixties, then they call them  "super-agents-grannies". Well, people in some other countries might argue that a woman in her sixties is not yet a granny, but in Kazakhstan, with its average life expectancy of sixty eight years (as
reported by Google), the early sixties might be considered the age of being a granny. As far as I understand it, they dress those grannies awkwardly, hand them guns and fast cars and instructors and then air it all to the public showing how the "grannies" manage to cope with all this. Let's see what else they have, other than the guns.

8 A Blonde Bus Driver in Belarus

A Blonde Bus Driver in Belarus

Setting aside all the fun jokes about blondes that can't drive, people of a Belarus daily news portal published a story about a young blonde that can drive and actually drives a big MAZ bus through the suburbs of the Belarus capital. "I have to renew my manicure more
often and sometimes boys want to hook up with me while I am in my workplace - behind the wheel of this big bus", says Yelena, the driver, having twelve years of experience driving and owning the license for passenger car, large bus and large truck.
3 Cross Section of a Submarine

Cross Section of a Submarine

This is an example of what a cross-section of a submarine looks like. If you go inside this post and click on the picture
you'll be able to see a 1,600 pixel wide version of this image to get a better idea how it looks.  

3 Bears on Russian Streets

Bears on Russian Streets

For years "Bears on Russian Streets" seemed to be a myth that people who thought that Russia was a wild place to go were telling each other. However, through the years a collection of photos surfaced from different Russian cities, villages and other places showing that there are still some occasions where people can meet bears on the streets. It
probably happens much more often than a statistical probability or than it happens in some other parts of the world. So here we go with almost sixty photos of bears on Russian streets. Bears on leashes, bears sitting on the park benches, swimming with bears, even bears trying to make love with a real pig - all those are inside.

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