7 Silk Road Adventure 2014: trip to the Stans part 1

Silk Road Adventure 2014: trip to the Stans part 1

    Let me introduce a guy who has himself taken a trip from Poland to the Asia - as far as Kirgizia and back on his bike, taking these photos on his way and willing to post them for us all so we can see his road trip: This May, I Stojan and 3 of my friends (Kasia, Janusz and Wojciech) went from Poland (I am from Croatia) for a trip to the 'Stans'. It was a 2,5 months, 21000 km long trip. Unfortunately,
due to the bad political situation, we had to skip Ukraine. We passed: Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. Here are a few photos, but just from the 'Russian' part of the trip. Hope you'll enjoy it... I surely did! Route (clockwise)

13 The Biggest Telescope in Europe and Asia

The Biggest Telescope in Europe and Asia

Timur has visited the biggest telescope in Eurasia, which is called BTA-6. It was built during Soviet times, in the Caucasian mountains. Conceived in the 1950s by Soviet
scientists who wanted to peek deeper into space, it's still active and now is used by Russian scientists. Here is the story and photos from Timur's trip:

3 Hermit Yuri that Lives in a Tipi

Hermit Yuri that Lives in a Tipi

Hey, this is Yuri. He lives in a tipi in the woods near Moscow. He also has a dugout where he probably spends his time in winter. He has lived there for a few years already. He was a
lawyer before living here. His tipi is easily seen from the Yaroslavl highway, so he is not deep in the woods. You can learn how he lives here by reading on further:

11 Those are new SU-30M2s

Those are new SU-30M2s

Can't stop posting these, aren't they nice? A pacific based 22nd Air Force regiment has received new SU-30M2
jets and here they are caught in photos by Yuri. They come here to replace SU-27CMs. Just see some pics. 

1 Moscow Railroad Depots as Seen from the Drone

Moscow Railroad Depots as Seen from the Drone

So, as technologies develop, we now get access to a new tool - flying cameras. Some manufacturers of the drones actually name their products this way now, rather than just a flying thing for a purpose that isn't very clear. Photographers are catching up too, because using this thing they can take photos of the same old places but from a totally different angle. Like these
photos of various Moscow railway stations. Alexandr, the photographer, has got his flying camera and now he can share with us awesome panoramic photos of the stations. The biggest depot he got on camera has thirty nine railways coming all together in one big garage. How can you catch all of this in one shot if not from the air? See more inside:

10 American in Moscow in 1947

American in Moscow in 1947

An American visited Moscow in 1947. Moscow, two years after the war was won. Recovering, rebuilding and... celebrating the
eight hundred year anniversary of its founding. No comments, just photos! Thanks to the archives of LIFE magazine.

21 Battleship Aurora in the Docks

Battleship Aurora in the Docks

Aurora, or how it's written in Russia "AVRORA", is a very important vintage battleship - first it's still more or less intact and thus can be climbed and explored, and second it is greatly connected with an event called "October revolution" - it's when Lenin took power. Legend says the coup members, including Lenin, had a plan that the coup would start after the rebel sailors of the Aurora cruiser started to fire shells into the Winter Palace, or Hermitage as we know it now, in St. Petersburg. So since then, in every Soviet school, this battleship shot in 1917, was proclaimed to be a game changer and in important
historical piece in itself. There were songs about it, there were movies about it, and the ship itself was on a constant display in downtown St. Petersburg in Soviet times for tons of tourists coming from different parts of the country to get a peek of the legend. These days the legend has moved to the docks, as while it was being displayed in St. Petersburg it remained submerged in the river waters so it was rusting and needed renovation. So here we have a unique chance, thanks to Alex, to see the legend of Soviet school goers up close in the dock. See it inside:

4 Armenian People Celebrating Day of Wine

Armenian People Celebrating Day of Wine

On the first Saturday of October, the people of an Armenian mountain village gather for a wine and food festival, taking out their wine stored in the cellars. Lots of food and wines. Most
of the people you'll see still speak Russian as a tradition from USSR. So Russian photographer Petr has visited the event, and here we can see how it usually is over there:
7 Police Meeting

Police Meeting

  October 2nd, Moscow road patrol police department. A meeting was conducted between the police officers and an orthodox priest, prior of a local church, hieromonk Feodosij. The talks were devoted to the approaching Christmas holidays.
That's a quote from the official press release I've just read. People in the comments have noticed that the man in black wears a luxury watch Rado Sintra Skeleton. If you want to see his audience we have one more photo inside:
3 Lots of Russian Hackers Line Up For Something

Lots of Russian Hackers Line Up For Something

Russia has been famous with giving the world best... hackers. Lot of cases all over the world over the recent times where the Russian hackers were involved - banks, large corporations and even the celebrities. Sometimes the word "Russian Hacker" make people tremble and think twice while entering
their card information. And now there is a contest for hackers in Russia. Just see how many youngsters are interested in computers on the first photo - there should be a way to funnel all this energy into something. So one large international corporation is now doing this:

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