40 Dark Face of Socialism by Vlad Sokolaev

Dark Face of Socialism by Vlad Sokolaev

Soviet photographer Sokolaev has called his series of photos something that can be translated as "Unattractive and hidden side of socialism". He was taking those photos in a twenty year period from the 1970s to the late 1980s. Of course,
Soviet powers would not tolerate such views of their state. However, the series turns out to be really dark and gloomy and really causing of awe when viewed now, almost forty years later. Take a look, awesome photos!

23 Russian Empire Photos of the Late 19th Century

Russian Empire Photos of the Late 19th Century

A nice collection of late 19th century photos of the Russian Empire. It looks like a totally different world from how modern Russia looks now. At that time, Russia included such places as Helsinki and the whole of Finland, Warsaw and Poland. Much more
area than now. Each picture has a caption but the captions are in French - though you can easily understand what they mean - like this on top says "Le Palais De Lamiraute" which translates into "Palace of Admiralty". Enjoy the view!

34 Elite Resorts of Crimea 2015

Elite Resorts of Crimea 2015

A blogger, Sergey A., is living in Crimea. He went to the "Elite" resorts of his motherland to see how good they are. What he then posted says "Ashamed. Elite henhouses of
Crimea". So these are those houses he is ashamed of - the first line to the Black Sea, the most expensive land and the mini hotels and apartments there.  

25 Russian Solovki Islands in Winter

Russian Solovki Islands in Winter

The Russian Solovki Islands are home to the Solovki monastery. It is located in the middle of the White Sea - deep in the Russian North. Since the days there now are the shortest days of the year, it is possible to take photos only for a couple of hours, so the
photographer - Petr - was very worried he would not have enough time to take his photos in the two days he planned to stay there. No worries - photos went very nicely and here they are, thanks to Petr we can enjoy the Northern beauty of this place.

19 One Monster Truck from Belarus

One Monster Truck from Belarus

When we hear "monster truck" we usually imagine a normal sized truck on a set of oversized wheels. This time Belarus auto enthusiasts took the monster truck meaning to a really "monster"
level. Their creation has six pairs of wheels that can rotate practically in any direction and thanks to this it can climb any trench and other obstacles. Let's see how it looks.

9 40 Craziest Russian Balconies

40 Craziest Russian Balconies

Since the demise of the Soviet state, most Russians found themselves living in typical old Soviet buildings. Most of the buildings had balconies and this is where the urge for individuality was expressed. People started heavily modifying their balconies for a number of reasons. Firstly, most of the balconies were just open air balconies and were not isolated from the outside, so they couldn't be used in winter, or during rains, etc. So the first stage of modding a balcony was to
turn it into a sort of room to be able to use it all year round. Since everyone was doing this job independent of other people living in the same apartment building the balcony room designs emerged with a really diverse variety. And since every balcony was individually designed, people started to decorate them, often very heavily. So let's see what happened with this selection of what might be the forty most crazily modded Russian balconies!
9 Tiger and Goat are Best Friends Now in Primorye Zoo

Tiger and Goat are Best Friends Now in Primorye Zoo

  An interesting story is unfolding in Primorye safari park in Russia and thousands of Internet users are watching it. It started with a regular meal that was delivered to a Siberian tiger kept in a park. His name is Amur. So one day Amur got a meal - he often gets live meals - either small rabbits or some other smaller animals, but this time park workers wanted to
treat him with a live goat. However, instead of eating it Amur became best friends with an animal that was supposed to become his dinner. Let's see how it happened and how they get along now. We'll see plenty of photos inside and even a few videos of them living together and doing all sort of things you would never expect from such a pair!

43 Turkish Consulate in Moscow Was Stoned and Had Bottles Thown Through  It’  Windows

Turkish Consulate in Moscow Was Stoned and Had Bottles Thown Through It’ Windows

Over five hundred people gathered at Turkish embassy in Moscow to protest and throw stones, bottles, paint cans and even eggs into the building to express their opinion on the recent act of the Turkish air force which
downed a Russian jet bomber in Syria yesterday. The embassy building was secured by police who arrived promptly but they didn't arrest anyone. Let's see how the building looks after the protests.

10 An Old Abandoned Cossacks Barracks

An Old Abandoned Cossacks Barracks

Just a few photos of old cossacks barracks. Those buildings were pretty nice at time they were built. Then after the Lenin Revolution the
building was used by Soviet army till 2003. Now it's going to be demolished and the residential houses are planned to be built.

5 Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

This city has nothing special about it, says Alexander, a Russian blogger and traveller who is known to take awesome photos of places he visits. It's just an old "Soviet" town in Georgia, only its nature makes it
stand out a bit. But what makes it really interesting is an ancient stone fortress called "Rabbati". This fortification was built in sixteen century by Turkish military. Let's see how it looks now!