22 Time Of Free Trade

Time Of Free Trade

 On the 29th of January, 1992 Boris Yeltsin accepted and signed the decree on free trade. Soon hundreds of thousands of traders appeared in the streets of the Russian cities. People habitually called them "speculators". Of course, some of them still bought goods in ordinary shops and sold them at a more expensive price.
The deficit allowed to do that and have profit. But the trade in general started to change and gain new features - valuable and ugly. Probably they had to go through it anyway but that way was too long and too hard. The habit to sell any stuff at any place turned out to be difficult to eradicate.
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10 A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Now you are going to travel to the city of Tashkent in the sunny Uzbekistan and see its architecture, some places of interest, local people, colorful markets
and some more. Tashkent is 2200 years old, its population is about 2,5 million people. The name of the city is translated as "a stone city".
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0 At the Helicopter Repair Plant

At the Helicopter Repair Plant

We are at the specialized company that repairs helicopters of the state and civil aviation.  ­­ Its history started in January, 1942. From the very beginning it was intended to repair aircrafts
and their engines but in 1977 it was fully reoriented to repair Mi-24 helicopters. Since then they have repaired more than 1200 helicopters Mi-8, Mi-14, Mi-17, Ka-27, Ka-29, Ka-32.
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13 What Business Can Be Arranged In the Nuclear Missiles Depot?

What Business Can Be Arranged In the Nuclear Missiles Depot?

In the Grodnensk region of Belarus, not far from Minojty village, there used to be a secret military base in the Soviet times. For many years nuclear missiles had been stored there. In 1997 all the depots and premises were released by the military and the
object was absolutely abandoned by people. However the place was not abandoned for long. It was sold to one businessman who came and opened an interesting and profitable business there. What do you think these depots are used for today?
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6 Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Felt Boots Made In Belarus

Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters Reuters correspondent took pictures of the production of felt boots at the Smilovichi felting factory, which is
located in the town called Smilovichi not far from Minsk, Belarus. They have been felting boots here for the third century already.
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6 Ruins of a Once Prosperous Plant

Ruins of a Once Prosperous Plant

This tungsten-molybdenum plant gave life to the city of Tyrnyauz of Kabardino-Balkaria on the last year of WWII. But so long ago it totally became bankrupt. The
government promises to restore it but you will see that there is already nothing to restore there. Those ruins can only be demolished to build a new plant.
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10 Who Lives Well In Africa?

Who Lives Well In Africa?

In Liberia he is a local celebrity. Sergey Chernyshev is the only white Ukrainian who drives a red "Hummer" there. He moved to this western African country three years ago and
opened a casino there. He says he had no choice. He possesed much equipment he could not use in Ukraine anymore. Ten years he had spent in Ukraine led to nothing.
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20 The Story of One Armor Repair Plant

The Story of One Armor Repair Plant

This is a photo story of one armor repair base - from the times of its prosperity to its decay. The base was decided to be built in 1936. Soon Repair Base 77 appeared in the Russian Far East, the city of Voroshilov (today it is called Ussuriysk).
Officially it was opened in May, 1940 to repair tanks, tractors and other equipment. In 1953 the base turned into the armor repair plant. Today the plant is bankrupt, some of its premises were sold to private companies.
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13 Old Moscow Photo Collection

Old Moscow Photo Collection

Last week we showed you a nice set of pictures of the Russian capital before the revolution. Today it
is turn of color photographs of old capital. The previous photo collection can be found here.
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17 Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

A huge sarcophagus is being built at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. When the work is finished in 2015, the great arch structure will be taken to the existing "Shelter" on rails and fixed over it. During the first stage of assembly works about
5000 tons of steel was lifted at the height of twenty two meters (72 ft). When fully assembled the sarcophagus dimensions are 257 x 164 x 110 meters (843 x 538 x 361 ft). Its total weigh is going to be about 20 000 tons.
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