5 Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Today Russia celebrates the official "Cosmonautics Day" - space topic is all over screens today and even president Putin went to see new Russian movie about a space exploration. However, there is a page of history of USSR and now Russia which is pretty much sad and shows that the progress of space exploration in Russia doesn't advance now. Baikonur is a huge space launching
site. It was built and used by USSR but now is left in Kazakhstan. On it's territory there is a huge hangar where two artefacts of Soviet space legacy remains. They stay here for over twenty years behind the close doors and are covered with thick layer of dust. Russian blogger Ralph went there and now we have the pictures here, let's see:
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0 Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980

Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980

Take a look at this nice vid. A Japanese TV, namely TBS company, went to Moscow in year 1980 and filmed what they saw there. Pretty interesting to watch now, Japanese is known for their search for pecularities rather that just filming around, so they filmed some nice details
of life during that time in USSR. What can be noted - people, especially men, are much less fat than now. Woman who published this video says her husband was an operator for this footage and got himself a copy. Watch before they take it down (they can).

4 USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan

USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan

Today we continue publishing rare archive photos of USSR during its late times. Here is a photographer Vadim Kachan who was enjoying photographing
people during 1980s. He lived at time in Minsk (now Belarus) and was a constant in a local photography club. Let's take a look at his photos:
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4 Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol is a city in Crimea. Was stormed by British and French during siege of Sevastopol in 1854. Was a bombed by nazis during WW2. Was a navy base during USSR. Stayed as a Russian naval base in 1990s after USSR collapsed. Was declared to be a Russian city by
Russian parliament in 1993. Parliament got bombed by Yeltsin, the decision had to be taken back (for the first time in history). No matter of it's rich history was pretty calm and nice city in 1970s. Let's see some postcards of the city at that time:
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2 Gagarin’s museum in Smolensk, Russia

Gagarin’s museum in Smolensk, Russia

Tomorrow's day is marked as "Cosmonautics Day" in Russia and some other ex-Soviet countries. It's devoted to the first flight to space made on this day, fifty six years ago. For this ocassion let's visit a Gagarin's
museum in Smolensk, Russia and see what they got there. It's the biggest museum in all Smolensk region and have a lot of cool stuff there too see - like the house of Yuri Gagarin, where he lived, slept etc.
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2 Funny Photos from Russian Army

Funny Photos from Russian Army

  In USSR there was a saying that anyone who served in an army, doesn't laugh in circus anymore. There were plenty of reasons for this - army was seemed a tough experience for most of young Soviet boys. In modern Russia they say army
became much more pleasant, you don't serve two years anymore, just one, you get better food, better cloths, you can have your mobile phone etc. But still army is a supplier of funny photos and we tap in some of those here:
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2 Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov

Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov

Soviet photographer Vladimir Zotov, born in 1939, was spending most of his life photographing Soviet people. Worked as a photographer in Soviet newspapers. He remembers that newspapers in USSR were paying
very little to their photographers, he lived mostly from side projects like photographing weddings, kids etc. However he kept working because he liked photography. Here are a few of his works:
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1 Best of Russia photos 2016

Best of Russia photos 2016

"Best of Russia" is a photo contest held in Russia each year since 2008. It is supported by Russian museum and department of culture, however we doubt it is really featuring best of the best photos of Russia for the year. However some of the photos are pretty
worth seeing so lets see all the works for this "Best of Russia 2016" contest. Most of the photos got captions and we translate them unchanged, some of them pretty weird but this is what photographers wanted them to be. More photos ahead:
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0 Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Nicolaas Witsen was a famous Dutch person in 18th century. In fact he became  a mayor of Amsterdam thirteen times! In his free time he was cartographer, maritime writer, and an authority on shipbuilding, but most importantly he
was an expert on Russian affairs. So he went to Russia and here are the pictures of Russian towns he brought back in year 1711. Interesting fact that some of the town he has visited at that time don't exist now.
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4 Only in Russia Photos part 4

Only in Russia Photos part 4

So a next part of Only in Russia photos, devoted to assorted images captured on extensive planes of our country and
collected due to their either uniqueness or weirdness or other qualities, but for sure interesting to look at. Enjoy!
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