When "Perestroika" - a term coined by Mikhail Gorbachev, was a trend in one large country, another "Perestroika" which literary means "rebuilding" was conceived by the engineers of Minsk Auto Factory or MAZ, one of the largest Soviet truck manufacturers. This somehow unusual looking truck is
"Perestroika" itself. You might have already noticed a gap between the truck's cab and the headlights, that is because the truck was not one solid truck but rather a set of modules or blocks that could be conjoined. Let me try to explain what this Perestroika truck was about.
Here is a video of Russian Navy officers diving into the cold Arctic waters right off the submarine deck, presumably not far from the North Pole, as one of the bathing men says he is a polar man. The water must be ice cold as the pieces of ice of different size can be seen floating around nearby, however as men talk they mention a month of August, so it can be easily the warmest month of the year at the North Pole. It also might be some
sort of initiation ritual for them, as only two out of the five people present actually bathe, and it looks like they follow certain rules: the cameraman insists that both of the men should dive in fully, with their heads immersed into the water, or it could be a certain achievement one can tell their grandchildren about later: "You know, kids, once I was bathing right on the North Pole, and I am not joking!".
This is how the biggest city of the Crimea region looks a day before the referendum set to happen tomorrow, March 16th. According to witnesses, Russian flags can be seen on the majority of buildings in the city, the same on smaller shops and offices or larger residential complexes. People wander around with Russian
flags as Barcelona soccer team fans do when they celebrate a victory of their team. "I really hope to wake up on Monday in a different country without changing my location", writes a popular Crimean blogger as night dawns on the Crimean peninsula, the last night before the referendum starts.
When snow melts faster than drain systems can handle it, and the quantity of water goes over the normal levels, the snow plowing tractors get used as water plowing tractors to get rid of the excess water outside. At least one tractor has been used to plow water away and it was caught
on camera in Novosibirsk, Russia. Andrei Popov, a tractor driver, decided to use his tractor driving skills to create a wave of water to drive it away from the multi-storey residential complex. "Smile, tomorrow you'll be on Youtube" his colleague shouts to him.