2 Weaponry Museum of Tula

Weaponry Museum of Tula

The museum of weapons in Tula is one of the oldest museums, founded in 1724. Its new building was
opened in 2012. This is a 6-storey building that looks like a Russian warrior's helmet:

2 Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source

Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source

"Borjomi" is a Georgian mineral water. It had a sort of cult status in the Soviet Union and then when Georgia seceded from the former Soviet state it became an article of import into Russia, which was even banned in some periods of modern Russian history. However, a hundred years ago this was a
Russian source and a Russian water which was already in demand competing with famous French and other European mineral waters. These colored Prokudin-Gorsky photographs show how the business was going at times on the source. They are clickable and enlargable to a wider size.

1 Three Centuries of Russian Artillery in Four Photos

Three Centuries of Russian Artillery in Four Photos

One museum in St. Petersburg, Russia has two exhibits on display that demonstrate the leap Russian artillery made over a time span of 250 years. The first exhibit is an artillery chariot from the year 1760. This chariot was used to carry
the artillery flag of Russia and participated in Russian military parades of that time. Have you already figured what the next exhibit is? We have one more photo of a chariot and then two photos of the second thing.

9 Moscow Kremlin Was Originally Painted White

Moscow Kremlin Was Originally Painted White

Maybe most of the people know of Moscow's Red Square and the Red Kremlin building - the center point of Russian power and authority. However, it did not have its reddish hue in the nineteen century. Since the eighteen century the Moscow Kremlin had been painted... white. Deliberately painted white and refreshed its white coloring every few years. Sixty seven years ago Stalin gave an
order to paint the Kremlin red. Napoleon's army, which once stormed Moscow and occupied the Kremlin, saw it when it was white. Well not really white, as Moscow was burned down before Napoleon entered it, so the Kremlin was covered with smoke stains. Later, when Napoleon was driven out of the Russian capital, the Kremlin was restored to its white hue again.

6 Round Balls of Chechnya

Round Balls of Chechnya

These strange stone balls were discovered in the mountains of Chechnya. What are they? Chechen scientists hypothesized that these large stone balls are the ancient fossilized eggs of dinosaurs that died out millions of
years ago. When they are cut they are really similar to an egg - with a visible pronounced "yolk" in the center  and "whites" on the periphery, and then a "shell" in the outermost layer of the ball.

7 Fleet Goes thru Storm

Fleet Goes thru Storm

As an official blog account of the Russian Pacific Navy fleet reports: "A group of Navy ships got into a storm on their way
home, somewhere around Taiwan, and here in the photos you can see how this was". So here we can see how it was:

1 Moscow 1979

Moscow 1979

A few photos made from the scanned postcards of "Moscow 1979". Workers, pioneers,
Brezhnev, the salute and the Red Square - how it looked thirty five years ago.

3 Tu-144 Crash in France

Tu-144 Crash in France

  On June 3, 1973, a Tu-144 crashed at the XXX Paris International Air Show in Le Bourget during its demonstration flight. This happened near the  town Goussainville, six and a half kilometers from the airport of Le Bourget. The commission investigating the causes of the catastrophe did not identified any malfunctions of the airplane. There were several hypotheses about
human factors that perhaps led to the crash. However, once all of the facts were found, there was no evidence either to reinforce or disprove these suppositions. In these circumstances, the commission and the Soviet experts came to the conclusion that the causes of the accident should be declared as not defined, and the case was closed.

0 Round Baikal Rail Road Construction Photos

Round Baikal Rail Road Construction Photos

  A few photos from when the rail road around Baikal Lake was being constructed. Baikal is a big lake - the biggest in the world
by volume, and the deepest, also it stretches 636 km, so the railroad around it was a noticeable project of that age.

9 Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

"Rassokha" is the storage area for vehicles contaminated by radiation, that were used by liquidators after the accident in
Chernobyl's nuclear power plant. It is located in the 30-kilometer exclusion zone near an abandoned village with the same name.

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