7 Abandoned Miners Village in Siberia Mounts

Abandoned Miners Village in Siberia Mounts

These are lands where a lot of mining businesses operated during Soviet times and prisoners worked there. Gold and pewter was mined. At first, pewter was imported from England, then later they decided to mine it
locally, so these popped up across Siberia. Sometimes in pretty far away places. Alexandr says he had to travel over 1300km with his dad to get to this place. Inside we can peek into their adventure.
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36 Nuclear Explosions in Donetsk Today

Nuclear Explosions in Donetsk Today

  Rememebr peaceful photos of Soviet Donetsk from 1984 we had yesterday? Well this is Donetsk as of six hours ago according to the locals. I am not sure what exactly those explosions are but there are rumors based on the Ukrainian top military authority quoted by a journalist  in his Facebook post where he says some quote "tactical nuclear weapons were used against our soldiers in Donetsk airport. Those were
fired with 2S4 "Tyulpan" Soviet self-propelled mortar which (quoting Wikipedia) "can fire armour-piercing, chemical and nuclear rounds". He said that the explosions were that strong that buildings collapsed totally "from basement to the fifth store". "If not those Tyulpan's we could stay there for a few months more". A few more photos and videos of those explosions are inside:
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3 Donetsk in 1984

Donetsk in 1984

Probably most of us here have heard about the city of Donetsk - a place in Ukraine that has been all over the news lately and probably suffered the most from what's happening there. And to see what it was like before, it would probably be interesting to
compare it to the photos of the city from thirty years ago - the year 1984, when American photographer Will Blizzard visited the city. Now there are some photos left for us to see the city on the verge of the collapse of the USSR. Enjoy.
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5 Trip to a Traditional Cloths and Fabric Making

Trip to a Traditional Cloths and Fabric Making

In the small village on the bank of the river there is still a factory which continues the tradition of old craftsmanship. Well, there is no real continuity as in 1927 it was converted into a communist owned factory with appointed managers,
however the methods they use today are very reminiscent of the ones they used years ago. They even used the old machinery from long ago. And here Dmitriy is taking a tour around and we can see the photos thanks to his effort:
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5 Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village

Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village

This is how an abandoned residential district looks in the Russian North. This is not some Far Far North in Siberia but rather a European North, close to Norway (really close, just maybe 50km from the border of Norway) and close to the waters of the Northern Ocean, which seems not to freeze here due to the Gulf-stream. So the blogger
Lana went there to take photos and thanks to her efforts we can see those photos here, too. Come inside for a tour of the spooky abandoned village, the former home of scientists who came to the North to study biology during Soviet Times but aren't there any more. Some people still prefer to remain living there.
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9 Tracked Gadget Made from Scrap and Lada

Tracked Gadget Made from Scrap and Lada

  When people on the West build drones and other cool mechanry this guy from Russian South West has made a tracked vehicle for himself, basically a large tracked armchair to travel around. The
parts were used is an old Lada car (it's engine wheels and some other stuff) the conveyer belt and a seat. How did he built it and how it moves we can see inside of this posting:
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In the year 1900, the leading lumber and wood manufacturers came to St. Petersburg to participate in an exhibition of Russian wood industries. These are the things they brought with them. Come on inside to see what the exhibitions looked like in Russia at that time.

2 Wood and Lumber Exhibition of Year 1900

Wood and Lumber Exhibition of Year 1900

In the year 1900, the leading lumber and wood manufacturers came to St. Petersburg to participate in an exhibition of Russian wood industries.
These are the things they brought with them. Come on inside to see what the exhibitions looked like in Russia at that time.  
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34 Power Plant Destroyed, Million People Left Powerless

Power Plant Destroyed, Million People Left Powerless

  Meanwhile, it has been reported that a few hours ago a major power plant was destroyed in Lughansk, Ukraine, leaving over one million people around it without power. They have not yet said if power will be restored in the near future.
There are two versions of what happened - some say it was shelled by rocket systems, others say there were mines set earlier and they were activated now. Anyway, this is pretty disturbing. Some more photos are inside.
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6 The First House of  St. Petersburg: the Royal Hut of the Peter I

The First House of St. Petersburg: the Royal Hut of the Peter I

St. Petersburg was a city built by an order of Peter the First. According to the story, he wanted to build a European city on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The place was chosen strategically to protect the river deltas and the shore from Europeans and also to establish a trading post with Europe on that sea. Construction began in 1703 in the territory conquered from Sweden. Already by 1705 a few shipbuilding docks had been erected turning the town into an industrial center. They say that Peter the Great wanted to build a city based on Venice and Amsterdam - with water channels for the people to travel across the city. He hired an Italian architect to create a master plan of the city.  He was very eager to see how his city was being built so he spent a lot of time there
too and even appointed the new city to become a capital of the Russian Empire nine years after the construction started. So because it became a capital, he needed a palace to live in, and while palace was being constructed he moved into a temporary house built to his special order. This house is still intact in the heart of the city, surrounded by modern architecture, so we can see a piece of history on these photos, as they say it is the first building in St. Petersburg. The rest were probably huts. Well, you know this building was a hut too. However to protect the wooden historical landmark from the pressure of time passing by, they erected a brick building AROUND the original wooden hut. See this inside.
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8 Reimagined Earth Globes for Sale Now

Reimagined Earth Globes for Sale Now

People report seeing such globes for sale. What is special about these ones is the coloration. You see the Russian territory is colored green and the United
States is violet, however Alaska is also colored green on them. This is not the only territory marked green on those new globes. See more inside.
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