A normal trip home in Chukotka, Russia may look something like this. Those all terrain vehicles are the only reliable means of transportation and communication between the town of Anadir and other places, Evgeniy Basov, a local of Chucotka, writes in his blog. He says that people can wait weeks for a plane trip in the local airport because of the weather conditions, which is much worse than taking the
trip in one of those vehicles, which in the worst case scenario, can take two days to get you to the place you need to go. However he mentions that the all terrain vehicles are mostly used to bring perishable groceries: milk, eggs, fresh foods etc. into town. This time, the author took a trip in one of these and they were also carrying some food as a part of their mission:
In 1909, the Russian magazine "Automobile" reported on a car race. The length of the route was one VERSTA - the unit of distance that is not used anymore and which was 1066 meters - roughly one kilometer. Cars, mopeds and
motorbikes took part in the race. It's not clear who won and which car brand was fastest at that race, but its relatively short distance might allow us to call it the first drag race in the history of Russia.
We've had car on the Baikal lake ice already here. This is something alike, but different. This is the same place, but at night with some artificial illumination planted beneath the ice. I don't recall seeing something
like this before. So here is the story, told by the authors: "We didn't know if we would be able to illuminate the car thru the one meter (3 feet) thick ice. However we decided to give it a try..."
In the Belarus Republic, there is a museum called the "Line of Stalin". It is supported by the president of Belarus (as stated on their website) and they don't curse Stalin here, they don't praise him, but they
glorify Stalin's fortification system to protect the Soviet Union. So they have a monument of Stalin with flowers and wreaths, their official logo features Stalin in what looks to me to be a heroic image: