Have you ever been 400 meters underground? It's like the Empire State Building was flipped top side down and hammered into the ground as if it was a giant nail. Then, where its tip arrives is around 420 meters, so exactly there these miners work and exactly there the guy Ilya went down to take some
photos. The mine is not a coal mine - it's a potassium mine - they get this mineral which is used as fertilizer, and the company, Uralkalij - is the world's largest producer of potassium. Thanks to Ilya we can see where most of the world's potassium fertilizer is coming from.
A guy has paid a visit to the Kharkiv University of Rocket Engine Building and saw what they had in the buildings for students to learn the mechanics of these things. He was really impressed with his visit, this is what he says: "In these photos is just a small fraction of what they have got in there! There is a
section the same size as a small town, all packed with old helicopters, rockets, radars, planes and even air-to-air refueling planes". This university has ten buildings, twelve dorm complexes and its own centralized water heating system. He has shared some photos from inside the complex.
Nizhnekamsk is an industrial city in Russia, the largest oil refinery and chemical plant in the whole of Europe. The city is in the Tatarstan region of Russia, which has huge oil reserves - they say there will be enough to produce the same
amounts of oil as they do now for at least thirty more years - the same volume each year. So one of our favorite photographers, Slava, has visited this place and we can see its huge chemical facilities from the air.
In Soviet times, it was kind of trendy among the young people to go to the "exploration of the new lands" - like the great campaign on gaining food independence of the Soviet Union - as they were importing grains and more. So
they decided to use the huge land masses that they already had but where nobody was farming them. Because private farming was forbidden at the time, they did it through governmental structures. Let's read on:
What you see on this picture and on the other pictures inside of this post is the story that is being unfolded now in Russia (and Ukraine). Gangs use new tactics to get money from the ATMs - they blow them up terrorizing the population and neighbors with the loud full scale
explosions all for just getting to the inner parts of the machines where the valuables are stored. Inside you'll see shocking aftermath of this "War on ATMs" and also a video captured by a bank camera how one of the ATMs was exploded. Let's see.
Remember a few days ago we saw an abandoned place full of optical sights? Now we have optical sights for guns again but this time its not abandoned and they are not made yet. We will see how those are being manufactured and assembled. Might be pretty interesting inside, thanks
to Aslan who has visited a highly secured production line of this Russian factory specializing in the long range aiming optics. Normal people are not allowed there with a camera but he went and made those photos! So let's see, that should be interesting:
In Soviet times, things people could buy in stores were limited to mostly things of Soviet origin, and because it was the state that owned and controlled all the stores and all the manufacturing, the selection and quality was not very much welcomed by people - as it was normal that most people had the same furniture in their same-design apartments in typical same-design building complexes, wearing the same clothes and carrying the same suitcases. Only elite population groups had access to "elite" consumer goods. They were the ones who were in power and the
ones who travelled abroad as they had been paid with foreign currency abroad and the state needed currency so there were special shops selling stuff for foreign currency or the Soviet equivalent called "checks" - those were paychecks Soviet citizens received instead of currency while abroad, as foreign currency was not allowed to be owned. So here we have a catalogue of what was offered in such elite stores and what the prices were, you can compare them to the prices in your country at that time - around 1970-1980s.
A blogger calling himself Armahema has made an attempt to visit a recently abandoned factory which was making a highly corrosive tincture we know now by the name Sulfuric Acid. It looks like he got out of this location pretty safely and so we can see
what he encountered inside. Spoiler: after reading this post you should have a basic understanding on how sulfuric acid is being made. Also there is a lot of sulphur inside. You are welcome to view the photos and read the story: