16 Biggest in the World Open-Pit Coal Mine and its Giant Machinery

Biggest in the World Open-Pit Coal Mine and its Giant Machinery

Do you see a bus on this picture? Look closer, it's near that giant machine which they call "buck wheel excavator". Wikipedia says its main purpose is: "to act as a continuous digging machine in large-scale open pit mining operations". What can be more larger scale than the biggest
world open pit coal mine in Kazakhstan built in Soviet times as the biggest Soviet open pit coal mine? Russian photographer Alexander Popov has traveled there and took this awesome pics and story so we now can take a look to!  So let's see those in detail:
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14 Tanks on Russian Children Playgrounds

Tanks on Russian Children Playgrounds

Some Russian kids playgrounds look just like this. It's a "lightly armored, self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG)", standing right in the middle of the
children's playground in Tomsk, Russia. Inside we have over ten more Russian playgrounds with tanks and other armored vehicles right in the middle of them.
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4 This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Blogger Aslan has paid a visit to the aircraft repair plant of Rzhev, Russia, to make a report
about mass modernization of MiG-31 fighters. His pictures are presented in this post.
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4 Soviet Army Legacy Supermarket in Belarus

Soviet Army Legacy Supermarket in Belarus

Have you ever dreamt of your own armoured personal carrier? To drive in the countryside and scare locals away? Or maybe you'd prefer a cross-country vehicle to furrow frozen ground? If you are a radio ham you are twice lucky because you could find so much working material here! Blogger Anton (anton-petrus) has been there in spring - the
military unit belonging to the communications division of the Belorussian Mistry of Defence. This where they do real business! After the collapse of the USSR Belarus had a lot of equipment - most of it in an ideal condition. And they decided to sell it, places like this turned into a huge unique supermarket!
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0 At the Pulkovo Airport At Night. Illegally

At the Pulkovo Airport At Night. Illegally

A group of young people infiltrated the airport of Pulkovo for an extreme excursion. Dressed in reflective vests, they simply climbed over the fence and started to walk along the territory of the guarded planes. They took plenty of pictures, got into helicopters and planes, and had a lot of fun. Now the
administration of the airport, having seen their photos, is going to investigate the incident. The company may be finally punished. But it's probably just a reason to think about better protection of Pulkovo, isn't it? This way or another, we thank the guys for the risk and these curious images.
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4 Infiltration to the Unfinished Nuclear Heating Plant

Infiltration to the Unfinished Nuclear Heating Plant

Gorky Nuclear Heating Plant started to be built in the early 1980s and was never finished for multiple reasons including public protests and the collapse of the USSR, of course. The plant hasn't been completed, the reactor unit hasn't been assembled, and fuel
was never brought... That's why the place is considered safe for visiting from the point of view of radiation hazard. The brave blogger lana-sator included this place in the list of great abandoned objects she has to see and shoot for us.
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5 Northern Sea Route: Way Back Home

Northern Sea Route: Way Back Home

Another sailing is over and the huge grey vessel comes to the native berth after
endless polar nights and numerous rescues of ships from the jaws of the arctic ice...
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1 400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

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.
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10 Russian Khokhloma: Red and Black on Gold

Russian Khokhloma: Red and Black on Gold

Every Russian knows what khokhloma is. It's an old Russian handicraft having its own distinctive features: wooden utensils and furniture are painted green, black and red on gold. Maybe they are not very functional, but they definitely carry some magic. The city called Semenov (Nizhny Novgorod region) where, Russian
matryoshka dolls are also made, considers itself to be the place where "Khokhloma" was born. Other cities may argue, but Semenov still has workshops for creating miracles of khokhloma. Russian blogger Yaroslav took the opportunity to visit one of them and take these interesting pictures.
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10 Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Matryoshka is one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia. It is brought from the country as a souvenir usually bought only by foreigners. Blogger Yaroslav
visited a place in a little town called Semenov where these wooden dolls are made and he took some curious photos that are presented inside this post.
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