The coastal turret battery № 981, named after Klim Voroshilov, is located on Russkiy Island, in the Russian Far East. It is about to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Built in 1934, it used to represent the combat power of
Russia in the Pacific Ocean, today it's part of an historic museum. The calibre of the battery is 305 mm. In all of the entire post-Soviet territory, a similar battery is only to be found in Sevastopol, Russia.
Post-Soviet countries are full of abandoned military places, but Gudym or secret base Anadyr-1, must be the coolest among them all. Geographically it's the closest to the USA and for obvious reasons it had enough missiles to fully destroy Alaska, Washington state,
California and part of South Dakota. Probably similar bases existed on the American side. Unfortunately, what was previously a super secret city surrounded by numerous military units does not have a future anymore. It is abandoned forever...
Such pavilions, which are usually called "hermitages", were quite in fashion in the XVIII century. They were used for recreation and dining and located in the remotest parts of parks. In order that servants do not
prevent owners of mansions from free communication, the pavilions normally had special mechanisms making the tables move. The hermitage of Tsarskoye Selo, Saint-Petersburg, was especially posh.
What did an ordinary Soviet living room look like back in the 70s? The living room belonging to some granny. One Russian girl did a great job to show you how it looked. Her miniature project, made in 1:12 scale, is very impressive. The
author used foam board, balsa, veneer, adhesive tape, LEDs, natural silk, bamboo, glass, mirrors, acrylic paints, wire, leather, various caps and cans... And only the sewing machine was store-bought. The details are awesome!
Lumber and saw wood production in Soviet Union was a pretty big thing. First because there was (and is!) a huge amount of natural resource for this, and the second is because of the constant state of construction going on. Also the foreign neighboring countries lack such endless woods
on their territory, so they had to buy the wood from somewhere and the Soviet state was exporting. Arkhangelsk city was one such center for this industry, and these are the photos from back in 1958, showing the scale of how much wood was prepared and handled.