English Russia » History http://englishrussia.com Daily selected things from Russia and ex USSR countries. Published In English. Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:28:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Nostalgic Photographs from USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/12/nostalgic-photographs-from-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/12/nostalgic-photographs-from-ussr/#comments Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:04:15 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169239 Yet another set of positive photos from Soviet country.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/12/nostalgic-photographs-from-ussr/feed/ 0 Foreign Tourist Visits USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/09/foreign-tourist-visits-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/09/foreign-tourist-visits-ussr/#comments Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:20:20 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169232 Photos made by a foreign tourist Zackary Hoffman on his visits to USSR in 1964-1972. Photos being made in different cities of the Soviet country.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/09/foreign-tourist-visits-ussr/feed/ 2 Svetlana Last Person Who Was Born in Pripyat http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/04/svetlana-last-person-who-was-born-in-pripyat/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/04/svetlana-last-person-who-was-born-in-pripyat/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:05:37 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169219 1507032035126529861Svetlana Alexeenko is considered to be the last person who was born in Pripyat, place where nuclear power plant exploded. She was born April 26th, 1986, ten hours after the nuclear accident happened there.     She didn’t stay long … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/10/04/svetlana-last-person-who-was-born-in-pripyat/feed/ 5 Moscow Photos Back from 1867 http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/26/moscow-photos-back-from-1867/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/26/moscow-photos-back-from-1867/#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:35:40 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169203 Those photographs are already 140 years old. They were made from top of the Christ the Redeemer Church in Moscow, showing panoramic views of the city. The view of the Kremlin and the bridge is pretty much reminding the modern … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/26/moscow-photos-back-from-1867/feed/ 2 First Chechen War Photos http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/22/first-chechen-war-photos/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/22/first-chechen-war-photos/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:52:49 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169197 Twenty-three years ago a first Chechen war was starting taking place in this Southern region of Russia named Chechnya, or Chechen Republic Ichkeriya at the moment the war started. Here are some photos, mainly from a Chechen capital city Grozny or … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/22/first-chechen-war-photos/feed/ 5 Photos of Soviet Counter Culture Youth http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/15/169118/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/15/169118/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:08:08 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169118 In late USSR there were youngsters who wanted to look different, even it was formally banned to differ from others. You could be easily getting a compulsory haircut in school if your hair was too long and you was a … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/09/15/169118/feed/ 5 Color Photos of Soviet Airborne Trooper Forces http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/31/color-photos-of-soviet-airborne-trooper-forces/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/31/color-photos-of-soviet-airborne-trooper-forces/#comments Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:44:36 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169050 “Nobody but us” was there motto. A color photo collection of Soviet paratroopers, the cutting edge forces of Russian army. Only the fittest were conscripted into those forces. Warsaw Pact soldiers.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/31/color-photos-of-soviet-airborne-trooper-forces/feed/ 0 Private Photos of Soviet Officers Fighting a War in Angola http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/28/soviet-officers-fighting-war-in-angola/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/28/soviet-officers-fighting-war-in-angola/#comments Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:12:50 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169032 It’s no wonder the Soviet state was helping some sides in the Angola war. Here are some photos of Russian veterans from their private albums. Rarely seen private photos of Soviet pilots, tank commanders and other officers who fought on … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/28/soviet-officers-fighting-war-in-angola/feed/ 2 Russian Expo in New York in 1959 http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/27/russian-expo-in-new-york-in-1959/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/27/russian-expo-in-new-york-in-1959/#comments Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:48:13 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=169026 In June 1959, there was a Russian (Soviet) expo in New York, where the Soviet country presented their best achievements, and LIFE magazine visited the event and took these photos. The interior of the event was decorated with fake birch trees. … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/27/russian-expo-in-new-york-in-1959/feed/ 0 German Tourist Visits Moscow in 1955 http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/25/german-tourist-visits-moscow-in-1955/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/25/german-tourist-visits-moscow-in-1955/#comments Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:56:14 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168943 Another series of photos taken by a foreign tourist in the Soviet country. This time a German tourist took these photos in Moscow in 1955. Gorky street Moscow Kremlin. Archangelsky Cathedral inside the Kremlin. Big Kremlin palace and Archangelsky Cathedral. Kremlin Armory. Uspensky … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/25/german-tourist-visits-moscow-in-1955/feed/ 0 First Russian Color Photos by Pyotr Vedenisov http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/24/first-russian-color-photos-by-pyotr-vedenisov/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/24/first-russian-color-photos-by-pyotr-vedenisov/#comments Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:57:09 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168937 Only a few photographers were taking color photos of pre-Communist Russia. Pyotr Vedenisov was one of them. He used autochrome technology for taking these photos. Around 150 such photos survive since that time, showing the period of 1909-1914 Russia. Here … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/24/first-russian-color-photos-by-pyotr-vedenisov/feed/ 0 Awesome Collection of Russian Vintage Photos Colorized http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/21/awesome-collection-of-russian-vintage-photos-colorized/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/21/awesome-collection-of-russian-vintage-photos-colorized/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:44:14 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168924 Awesome collection of the old Russia photos colorized, starting with this Russian Emperor Family. Great countess Maria Vladimirovna. Ksenia Romanova, the Tsars sister, daughter of Alexander III. Romanov royal sisters work in a military hospital during World War I. Tsar … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/21/awesome-collection-of-russian-vintage-photos-colorized/feed/ 5 Russian Last Tsar Nicholas II Fooling Around http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/20/russian-last-tsar-nicholas-ii-fooling-around/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/20/russian-last-tsar-nicholas-ii-fooling-around/#comments Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:57:13 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168920 These photos were made in 1899 in Darmstadt, Germany. Here you can see last Russian emperor Tsar Nicholas II is fooling around together with his wife and friends – Danish princess, Duchess of Darmstadt and prince of Greece Nicholas. Nothing human wasn’t … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/20/russian-last-tsar-nicholas-ii-fooling-around/feed/ 1 St.Petersburg in 1860s http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/18/st-petersburg-in-1960s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/18/st-petersburg-in-1960s/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:15:13 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168908 Probably one of the earliest photos of the city, showing the place as it was almost hundred fifty years ago. Starting with balagans on Admiralty square. Balagan was sort of an entertainment tent or hut in Russian fairs to perform … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/18/st-petersburg-in-1960s/feed/ 1 Soviet Fashion and Soviet Models http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-fashion-and-soviet-models/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-fashion-and-soviet-models/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:24:05 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168903 Some photos of Soviet fashion and Soviet models, demonstrating the Soviet designer top fashion. Most of the photos made in Leningrad, but in different years. 1968 – woolen costumes. Spring wool costumes, 1978. Wool was a must for a Soviet … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-fashion-and-soviet-models/feed/ 1 Soviet girl draws her Soviet Childhood http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-girl-draws-her-soviet-childhood/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-girl-draws-her-soviet-childhood/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:09:51 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168901 From her birth until her fifteenth birthday Zoya lived in Kiev, USSR, and while living there she was taking art classes, so she developed artistic skills. Then she left for Israel and continued taking art classes there. Then, some years after, … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-girl-draws-her-soviet-childhood/feed/ 1 Soviet Youth by Life Magazine http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-youth-by-life-magazine/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-youth-by-life-magazine/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:10:00 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168899 American photographer Bill Eppridge of Life magazine went to Soviet Union in 1963 to make photos about Russian life. Here are some photos he brought back from the Soviet country. Showing pretty much well atmosphere of that time.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/17/soviet-youth-by-life-magazine/feed/ 3 Abandoned Resort for the Kremlin Elite in Georgian Switzerland http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/abandoned-resort-for-the-kremlin-elite-in-georgian-switzerland/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/abandoned-resort-for-the-kremlin-elite-in-georgian-switzerland/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:42:15 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168893 In mountain region of Georgia you can see a monument reminding us of the Soviet past. Hidden behind the Caucasian mountain ridge, Shovi resort stays forgotten for already a few decades. Looking at the picturesque landscapes around you understand why … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/abandoned-resort-for-the-kremlin-elite-in-georgian-switzerland/feed/ 1 Ladies of Death: Portraits of Russian Women Snipers from World War II, Colorized http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/ladies-of-death-portraits-of-russian-women-snipers-from-world-war-ii-killed-hundreds-nazis-colorized/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/ladies-of-death-portraits-of-russian-women-snipers-from-world-war-ii-killed-hundreds-nazis-colorized/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:14 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168891 Take a look at their eyes. In June 1941 Nazi Germany attacked USSR in order to conquer and enslave its people. Soviet army enlisted over 2,000 women snipers. Now Russian artist Olga Sh finds their photos and turn them into … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/ladies-of-death-portraits-of-russian-women-snipers-from-world-war-ii-killed-hundreds-nazis-colorized/feed/ 2 Surgut Russian City in Taiga http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/surgut-russian-city-in-taiga/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/surgut-russian-city-in-taiga/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:58:16 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168889 Taiga is a forest consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches. Much of Russia from Karelia in the west to the Pacific Ocean (including much of Siberia) is taiga. And Surgut is a  340,000 population city deep in taiga. The … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/16/surgut-russian-city-in-taiga/feed/ 0 Kindergarten in USSR, 1960 http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/15/kindergarten-in-ussr-1960/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/15/kindergarten-in-ussr-1960/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:59:22 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168877 In 1960 American Life magazine photographers spent a few days in a Russian kindergarten – preschool facility where kids were going up to the age of seven. Here are their photographs.]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/15/kindergarten-in-ussr-1960/feed/ 0 Russian Empire Army Hospital in 1914-1916 http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/14/russian-empire-army-hospital-in-1914-1916/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/14/russian-empire-army-hospital-in-1914-1916/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:21:50 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168815 Here are the photos of Russian Empire army hospital made in around 1914-1916. The World War I was going on, there was not enough hospitals to put all wounded soldiers. Schools and other state buildings were turned into hospital. Here … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/14/russian-empire-army-hospital-in-1914-1916/feed/ 1 Life of the Worker in USSR, 1950s http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/14/life-of-the-worker-in-ussr-1950s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/14/life-of-the-worker-in-ussr-1950s/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:23:22 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168811 In 1950s American LIFE magazine has spent a couple of days with a simple Russian worker capturing his daily routines. Here are some photos they made.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/14/life-of-the-worker-in-ussr-1950s/feed/ 4 Soviet Crimea in 1960s-1980s http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/13/soviet-crimea-in-1960s-1980s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/13/soviet-crimea-in-1960s-1980s/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:00:10 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168807 A traveller visited this place somewhere between these dates and here are the photos.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/13/soviet-crimea-in-1960s-1980s/feed/ 1 Fifteen Great Russian Artworks You Won’t Find in Any Schoolbooks http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/10/fifteen-great-russian-artworks-you-wont-find-in-any-schoolbooks/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/10/fifteen-great-russian-artworks-you-wont-find-in-any-schoolbooks/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:34:53 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168760 Soviet and then Russian schoolbooks are pretty much avoiding these artworks. All of them are connected by one topic – heavy drunkenness, bullying, family violence, but mostly of course, drunkenness. Despite how famous the artist was, how good the artworks themselves … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/10/fifteen-great-russian-artworks-you-wont-find-in-any-schoolbooks/feed/ 1 Russian Pilot Escaped to USA on Super Secret Air Force MiG-25 Jet http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/10/russian-pilot-escaped-to-usa-on-super-secret-air-force-mig-25-jet/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/10/russian-pilot-escaped-to-usa-on-super-secret-air-force-mig-25-jet/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:30:22 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168758 At the beginning of 1976, an international scandal broke out: A Soviet Air Force pilot, Viktor Belenko, escaped the USSR together with the newest MiG-25 jet. He landed in Japan first and then asked for asylum in the USA. In the Soviet country … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/10/russian-pilot-escaped-to-usa-on-super-secret-air-force-mig-25-jet/feed/ 8 American Navy Sailors Visiting Sevastopol, Crimea in 1989 http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/08/american-navy-sailors-visiting-sevastopol-crimea-in-1989/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/08/american-navy-sailors-visiting-sevastopol-crimea-in-1989/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:22:51 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168746 So when Gorbachev announced “perestroyka” (change) such visits became possible. Two American Navy ships USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) and USS Kauffman (FFG-59) arrived to previously “closed” city of Sevastopol – main base of Soviet and then Russian Navy at … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/08/american-navy-sailors-visiting-sevastopol-crimea-in-1989/feed/ 4 Russian Zhigulevsky Beer Warehouses Across All Russian Empire http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/russian-zhigulevsky-beer-warehouses-across-all-russian-empire/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/russian-zhigulevsky-beer-warehouses-across-all-russian-empire/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:41:34 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168741 Russian Zhigulevsky Beer started its history in Russian empire and was probably most famous and popular Soviet beer. However even before USSR this was already a beverage giant – had its warehouses in almost every larger Russian Empire city or … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/russian-zhigulevsky-beer-warehouses-across-all-russian-empire/feed/ 0 This Plane Spent Sixty-Eight Years on the Bottom of the Lake Now Goes Back to the Skies http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/this-plane-spent-sixty-eight-years-on-the-bottom-of-the-lake-now-goes-back-to-the-skies/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/this-plane-spent-sixty-eight-years-on-the-bottom-of-the-lake-now-goes-back-to-the-skies/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:55:59 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168739 This year Moscow air show had one cool exhibit flying. This was an IL-2 World War 2 plane that is over seventy years old now already! Sixty-eight years it spent on the bottom of the lake, approximately twenty meter deep. … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/this-plane-spent-sixty-eight-years-on-the-bottom-of-the-lake-now-goes-back-to-the-skies/feed/ 3 Life of Tsar Nicholas II While in Exile in Siberia http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/life-of-tsar-nicholas-ii-while-in-exile-in-siberia/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/life-of-tsar-nicholas-ii-while-in-exile-in-siberia/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:49:20 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168737 This is a story of how last Russian Tsar Nicholas II spent his time while in exile, shortly before he was murdered. After bloodshed in July 1917 in St. Petersburg, temporary government of Russia in Petrograd decided to send Tsar … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/07/life-of-tsar-nicholas-ii-while-in-exile-in-siberia/feed/ 3 Some Photos of Russia in 1990s http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/04/some-photos-of-russia-in-1990s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/04/some-photos-of-russia-in-1990s/#comments Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:24:37 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168727 Just to remember (or discover) how Russia lived in 1990s. No comments just a few photos.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/04/some-photos-of-russia-in-1990s/feed/ 1 Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/04/abandoned-wheat-elevator-grainery-that-was-biggest-in-russia/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/04/abandoned-wheat-elevator-grainery-that-was-biggest-in-russia/#comments Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:50:52 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168725 Yaransk Elevator is a huge scale company. Once it was one of the biggest elevator in Russia now it’s stopped, territory is empty, buildings stay abandoned. Here is the trip inside by Russian blogger Oesolod. Yaransk is a small town … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/04/abandoned-wheat-elevator-grainery-that-was-biggest-in-russia/feed/ 6 Why Did Soviet Most Nice Looking Van Fail http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/why-did-soviet-most-nice-looking-van-fail/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/why-did-soviet-most-nice-looking-van-fail/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:46:24 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168720 IMG_7934_rThis Russian car, the passenger van, was enchanting many Russian people when it appeared in a cult Soviet movie about Shurik. Soviet people were arguing if its Soviet creation or an imported luxury. Some even thought this was a self-made … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/why-did-soviet-most-nice-looking-van-fail/feed/ 7 Crimea: Trip to Underground Submarines Storage, Cold War Object, Now Underground Museum of Submarines http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/crimea-trip-to-underground-submarines-storage-cold-war-object-now-underground-museum-of-submarines/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/crimea-trip-to-underground-submarines-storage-cold-war-object-now-underground-museum-of-submarines/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:00:38 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168718 This bay in Crimea is not just nice blue water and yachts. This one has some unprecedented in world history object, top secret sometime ago, and now it’s a museum called “Balaclava” same as the bay called. A museum of … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/crimea-trip-to-underground-submarines-storage-cold-war-object-now-underground-museum-of-submarines/feed/ 4 How the Airplane That Spent 72 Years on Lake Bottom Looks Like http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/how-the-airplane-that-spent-72-years-on-lake-bottom-looks-like/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/how-the-airplane-that-spent-72-years-on-lake-bottom-looks-like/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:21:18 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168716 Last month Russian Navy divers lifted an American Bell P-39 Airacobra plane from the bottom of the lake on Kola Peninsula, Russia. This is how it looks like. It was staying 45 meter deep on the lake bottom. They used … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/03/how-the-airplane-that-spent-72-years-on-lake-bottom-looks-like/feed/ 2 Vintage Soviet Firefighter Motorcycle URAL http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/02/vintage-soviet-firefighter-motorcycle-ural/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/02/vintage-soviet-firefighter-motorcycle-ural/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:48:14 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168707 Sometime ago there were motorcycles used at Soviet firefighters crews. Especially the sidecar URAL motorcycles were popular. They were placing a pump in a sidecar and here you go. This one is now being placed in front of stadium in … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/08/02/vintage-soviet-firefighter-motorcycle-ural/feed/ 0 Faces of Soviet People in Leningrad by Sergei Podgorkov http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/faces-of-soviet-people-in-leningrad-by-sergei-podgorkov/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/faces-of-soviet-people-in-leningrad-by-sergei-podgorkov/#comments Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:00:11 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168679 Those are photographs by Soviet photograph Sergei Podgorkov. Mostly people and their faces, but also scenes from Soviet life in Leningrad, now St.Petersburg. From 1970s to 1990. Rzhevka, Leningrad. KAMAZ truck stuck in dirt, tractor came to rescue.   November … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/faces-of-soviet-people-in-leningrad-by-sergei-podgorkov/feed/ 2 Russian city Samara in late 19th Century http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/russian-city-samara-in-late-19th-century/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/russian-city-samara-in-late-19th-century/#comments Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:21:25 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168676 Some pretty awesome historical postcards about Russian city Samara during late 19th century. Some are pure magic like this one above. You won’t find such scenery now. All of them got captures so won’t be boring viewing. This sort of … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/russian-city-samara-in-late-19th-century/feed/ 0 Two days in Moscow in 1982 http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/two-days-in-moscow-in-1982/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/two-days-in-moscow-in-1982/#comments Sun, 30 Jul 2017 13:41:46 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168672 So this is a kind of a time machine. Foreign tourist arrived in Moscow April 30th 1982 and stayed there two days. He made numerous photos of what he saw around. Now we can see them too. Some people say … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/30/two-days-in-moscow-in-1982/feed/ 2 500 American Tourists Visit Yalta and Odessa in 1960 http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/28/500-american-tourists-visit-yalta-and-odessa-in-1960/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/28/500-american-tourists-visit-yalta-and-odessa-in-1960/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:02:24 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168668 500 American Tourists Visit Yalta and Odessa Soviet cities in 1960. These are the photos they took. via]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/28/500-american-tourists-visit-yalta-and-odessa-in-1960/feed/ 1 How people were spending their summer vacations in USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/28/how-people-were-spending-their-summer-vacations-in-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/28/how-people-were-spending-their-summer-vacations-in-ussr/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:12:33 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168665 This selection of vintage colored photos can give you idea what a summer vacation for a Soviet person could look like. “Citizens of USSR have a right for a vacation” says the slogan on top of the gate. via]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/28/how-people-were-spending-their-summer-vacations-in-ussr/feed/ 4 Russian Ussuriysk Siberian Railroad in 1897 http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/26/russian-ussuriysk-siberian-railroad-in-1897/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/26/russian-ussuriysk-siberian-railroad-in-1897/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:54:17 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168653 Those are old photographs from Ussuriysk Siberian railway, in 1897. Sadly most of the photos have no captions. However this one on top is Vladivostok railway station and its square in 1897. And this is Vladivostok sea port. “Sedanka” station. … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/26/russian-ussuriysk-siberian-railroad-in-1897/feed/ 2 USSR Retro Beach Photos http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/26/ussr-retro-beach-photos/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/26/ussr-retro-beach-photos/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:51:50 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168648 A nice collection of Soviet beach photos, different photographers – foreign and Russian. And first one is from Sochi, 1956. This is Sochi “Caucasus Rivera” hotel beach. Sochi, “Primorskaya” promenade. This is also Sochi a few photos more, author of … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/26/ussr-retro-beach-photos/feed/ 2 8 Most Unusual Soviet MAZ Trucks That You Could Never Imagine http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/23/8-most-unusual-soviet-maz-trucks-that-you-could-never-imagine/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/23/8-most-unusual-soviet-maz-trucks-that-you-could-never-imagine/#comments Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:09:55 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168631 MAZ – abbreviated from Minsk Auto Zavod (Minsk Auto Factory) was founded in Minsk, Belarussia, USSR in 1954. It’s known for its normal trucks, but besides the regular trucks it was making some of the most interesting and weirdest trucks in … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/23/8-most-unusual-soviet-maz-trucks-that-you-could-never-imagine/feed/ 7 Soviet Riga in 1970s-1980s http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/21/soviet-riga-in-1970s-1980s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/21/soviet-riga-in-1970s-1980s/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:33:33 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168618 Riga is a capital of Latvia now, but for around 45 years it was a part of USSR. This is how life looked there during the Soviet reign. Sculptures in Dom’s catherdral. Traditional dance groups performing at Riga day of … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/21/soviet-riga-in-1970s-1980s/feed/ 0 Tallest Man in the World Was Almost Three Meter Tall and lived in Russian Empire http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/20/tallest-man-in-the-world-was-almost-three-meter-tall-and-lived-in-russian-empire/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/20/tallest-man-in-the-world-was-almost-three-meter-tall-and-lived-in-russian-empire/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:24:22 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168612 Fyodor Makhnov was world known. The reason for this is because he was the tallest man in the world. With his weight around 182 kg (around 400 lbs), his stature was 285 cm  (9’4″)! And a twelve-year old kid could … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/20/tallest-man-in-the-world-was-almost-three-meter-tall-and-lived-in-russian-empire/feed/ 0 Shine and Horror of Russia at the Turn of the Ages: 1990s http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/17/shine-and-horror-of-russia-at-the-turn-of-the-ages-1990s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/17/shine-and-horror-of-russia-at-the-turn-of-the-ages-1990s/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:52:01 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168568 These are photos that were taken at the turn of the ages in Russia. Early 1990s – when the old Communistic way of life suddenly ended and people found themselves in the new reality. Some could adapt, some couldn’t, some hate those … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/17/shine-and-horror-of-russia-at-the-turn-of-the-ages-1990s/feed/ 2 Pripyat: Before and After Photos http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/14/pripyat-before-and-after-photos/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/14/pripyat-before-and-after-photos/#comments Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:53:24 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168559 Those are the photos of seven locations in Pripyat before and after the nuclear accident in 1986. Almost thirty years after city is abandoned and overgrown with bushes and trees, however it wasn’t like this always. 1. An entrance to … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/14/pripyat-before-and-after-photos/feed/ 2 Color Photos of Moscow in 1930s by Brenson DeCou http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/12/color-photos-of-moscow-in-1930s-by-brenson-decou/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/12/color-photos-of-moscow-in-1930s-by-brenson-decou/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:19:24 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168550 In 1931 American photographer and traveller Branson DeCou has visited Soviet capital for the first time. Here are his photos, starting with a Blagovest church inside of Moscow Kremlin. Young girls rest after the street sweeping work. MOSTORG biggest shop … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/12/color-photos-of-moscow-in-1930s-by-brenson-decou/feed/ 1 Soviet Spaceship Voskhod Analogue Navigation Equipment http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/10/168524/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/10/168524/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:47:30 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168524 This is navigation equipment that was used on Soviet VOSHOD space missions. The first ever mission to bring three cosmonauts to space at once, the first ever mission to travel to space without space suits and more achievements were set … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/10/168524/feed/ 2 Back to the USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/06/back-to-the-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/06/back-to-the-ussr/#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:50:46 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168495 A selection of photos from the country that doesn’t exist any more. One Soviet ruble could buy you: 1 full lunch in a cafeteria 100 km hitchhiking ride 33 glasses of soda 50 calls from payphone 100 boxes of matches … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/07/06/back-to-the-ussr/feed/ 11 Soviet Sci-Fi Mag Predicts Future http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/29/soviet-sci-fi-mag-covers-predict-future/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/29/soviet-sci-fi-mag-covers-predict-future/#comments Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:36:31 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168455 Soviet magazine “Tekhnika Molodezhi” (“Youth’s Technics”) was sort of Soviet “Popular Mechanics” mag. Was covering newest technological topics and also always tried to speak about technologies of the nearest future. Every issue of the mag tried to predict how 21st … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/29/soviet-sci-fi-mag-covers-predict-future/feed/ 3 Today, Seventy-Six Years Ago First Days of Russia in World War 2 http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/22/today-seventy-six-years-ago-first-days-of-russia-in-world-war-2/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/22/today-seventy-six-years-ago-first-days-of-russia-in-world-war-2/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:35:34 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168429 On this day, seventy-six years ago, Hitler started his invasion of the USSR. June 22, 1941, 4:00 am in the morning, Nazi forces crossed the Soviet border and started moving into the Soviet state. Airplanes were bombing major Russian cities and … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/22/today-seventy-six-years-ago-first-days-of-russia-in-world-war-2/feed/ 38 Ten legendary food products from the USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/19/ten-legendary-food-products-from-the-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/19/ten-legendary-food-products-from-the-ussr/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:07:46 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168415 146850_9_trinixy_ru-2These are ten legendary Soviet foods every Russian who lived in USSR remembers well and even misses sometimes, despite these days supermarkets offer much more variety than in USSR. Every foreigner who visited USSR probably remembers them too. Starting with … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/19/ten-legendary-food-products-from-the-ussr/feed/ 4 Another World War 2 Stash Unearthen in Russia http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/15/another-world-war-2-stash-unearthen-in-russia/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/15/another-world-war-2-stash-unearthen-in-russia/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:13:30 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168406 Group of “archeologists” unearthed another WW2 stash from Russian woods. These are not all from one place but their joint effort this year. Russian forests are still full of German surprises. Lugers pistol.  ]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/15/another-world-war-2-stash-unearthen-in-russia/feed/ 2 5 Terrible Accidents in the USSR, Which the Soviet Leadership Tried Their Best to Suppress http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/14/5-terrible-accidents-in-the-ussr-which-the-soviet-leadership-tried-their-best-to-suppress/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/14/5-terrible-accidents-in-the-ussr-which-the-soviet-leadership-tried-their-best-to-suppress/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:08:09 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168399 As they say in the Russian proverb: the less you know – the better you sleep. Apparently, the leadership of the Soviet Union acted in accordance with this popular wisdom, so it tried to not disturb the inhabitants of the … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/14/5-terrible-accidents-in-the-ussr-which-the-soviet-leadership-tried-their-best-to-suppress/feed/ 5 Soviet Vilnius in Pictures http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/13/soviet-vilnius-in-pictures/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/13/soviet-vilnius-in-pictures/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:55:15 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168395 Lithuania was part of USSR since WW2 and became independent in 1991. Since 2004 it’s part of European Union and has euro currency circulating since 2015. But let’s look how the country capital city Vilnius was looking during Soviet Era. … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/13/soviet-vilnius-in-pictures/feed/ 1 Echoes of History: Five Remains of the Most Horrid Stalins Gulag Camp System http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/13/echoes-of-history-five-remains-of-most-cruel-stalins-gulag-system/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/13/echoes-of-history-five-remains-of-most-cruel-stalins-gulag-system/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:07:55 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168391 GULAG was a most massive Soviet system of imprisonment. In the period 1930-1956 over 10 million people (some say 30 million) were jailed and sent to GULAG. After the Stalin’s death the GULAG camps started to be closed down gradually. … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/13/echoes-of-history-five-remains-of-most-cruel-stalins-gulag-system/feed/ 1 Rare Photos of Homeless Street kids in Russia in 1920s-1930s http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/12/rare-photos-of-homeless-street-kids-in-russia-in-1920s-1930s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/12/rare-photos-of-homeless-street-kids-in-russia-in-1920s-1930s/#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:18:35 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168386 After the October Revolution and Russian Empire collapse there was a serious problem of street kids in Soviet Russia. It was estimated that there was as much as six million homeless kids in 1921 whose parents were killed, died from … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/12/rare-photos-of-homeless-street-kids-in-russia-in-1920s-1930s/feed/ 4 15 Old Soviet Car Ads http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/12/15-old-soviet-car-ads/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/12/15-old-soviet-car-ads/#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:03:21 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168383 1-5Those are fifteen examples of Soviet style ads for Soviet cars. Most of the ads are not flashy and are laconic. Starting with this “Pobeda” car ad, was one of the first cars in the world to have “pontoon” body … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/12/15-old-soviet-car-ads/feed/ 3 What can be found in 75 year old Nazi dugout http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/04/what-can-be-found-in-75-year-old-nazi-dugout/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/04/what-can-be-found-in-75-year-old-nazi-dugout/#comments Sun, 04 Jun 2017 13:21:02 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168345 9815702Enthusiasts went into the forest and found old Nazi dugout. Here are the list of things was in the ground for seventy five or more years and removed this winter:   1. Nazi bayonet knife. 2. Empty metal boxes, used … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/06/04/what-can-be-found-in-75-year-old-nazi-dugout/feed/ 4 Futuristic Prototypes of First Soviet Night Vision Goggles http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/31/futuristic-prototypes-of-first-soviet-night-vision-goggles/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/31/futuristic-prototypes-of-first-soviet-night-vision-goggles/#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 13:19:13 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168306 First Soviet night vision goggles appeared in early 1940s during first days of Russia joining World War 2. And those are the first prototypes of those, some were car mount some were portable.   First goggles were installed on GAZ-AA … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/31/futuristic-prototypes-of-first-soviet-night-vision-goggles/feed/ 1 Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/24/futuristic-soviet-assault-rifles/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/24/futuristic-soviet-assault-rifles/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 08:48:58 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168226 201012325084Since AK-47 triumph in late 1940s Soviet engineers didn’t stop efforts in creating newer more efficient and comfortable Soviet automatic assault rifle. And here are the few examples. First try was this TKB-408 automatic rifle. It was first Soviet “bullpup” … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/24/futuristic-soviet-assault-rifles/feed/ 2 Legendary Soviet ARTEK Summer Camp: Place Where Every Soviet Kid Just Wanted to Go http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/19/legendary-soviet-artek-summer-camp-place-where-every-soviet-kid-just-wanted-to-go/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/19/legendary-soviet-artek-summer-camp-place-where-every-soviet-kid-just-wanted-to-go/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 16:25:36 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168196 a90ecde9ef9e647c186ba0490cdb5903Artek was a summer camp spending time where every Soviet kid dreamt of. Seriously. What was so attractive about this place? Let’s see. First of all the location. It was located in Southern coast of Crimea – probably on of … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/19/legendary-soviet-artek-summer-camp-place-where-every-soviet-kid-just-wanted-to-go/feed/ 7 Belarussian Company Started to Make Wooden Bicycles http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/16/belarussian-company-started-to-make-wooden-bicycles/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/16/belarussian-company-started-to-make-wooden-bicycles/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 10:08:34 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168159 9728163Wooden sunglasses, wooden phone cases, looks like demand for everything wooden rose these days. And now this Belarus company started making wooden bicycles. Let’s see what those are about and how they look like.     Those bicycles are made … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/16/belarussian-company-started-to-make-wooden-bicycles/feed/ 3 Story of a Traditional Soviet Fur Hat http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/14/story-of-a-traditional-soviet-fur-hat/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/14/story-of-a-traditional-soviet-fur-hat/#comments Sun, 14 May 2017 19:40:16 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168127 3690228_originalUSSR people were famous for their fur hats. In fact if a fur hat comes to mind it’s often associated with a Russian. What were the main types of Soviet fur hats and why people wore them? Here is an … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/14/story-of-a-traditional-soviet-fur-hat/feed/ 0 Why USSR Produced Tin Canned Water? http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/12/why-ussr-produced-tin-canned-water/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/12/why-ussr-produced-tin-canned-water/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 12:31:09 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168122 This thing you see on a photo above is tin can of.. regular drinking water – that’s what it says on it: “Canned drinking water, net weight 240 g. Use canned water in extreme cases, try to collect raining water”. So … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/12/why-ussr-produced-tin-canned-water/feed/ 1 Most Important and Iconic Russian World War 2 Photos http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/09/most-important-and-iconic-russian-world-war-2-photos/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/09/most-important-and-iconic-russian-world-war-2-photos/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 20:44:59 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168116 Since today Russia is celebrating Victory Day, let’s see this nice compilation of the most important Russia connected  photos from World War II or how Russians call it “Great Patriotic War”. And we will start with this photo above. It’s … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/09/most-important-and-iconic-russian-world-war-2-photos/feed/ 3 Trades Unions of USSR [photos] http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/08/trades-unions-of-ussr-photos/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/08/trades-unions-of-ussr-photos/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 18:38:08 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168108 This is a photo selection of photographs from 1982 devoted to Soviet Trade Unions. They were officially called “influential force of Soviet society”, however probably their influence was very limited, as not really any strikes or other fight with state … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/08/trades-unions-of-ussr-photos/feed/ 0 Englishman in RF, 1991 [photos] http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/08/englishman-in-rf-1991-photos/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/08/englishman-in-rf-1991-photos/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 13:22:06 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168106 In 1991 an English man, a preacher, visited new country – Russian Federation to teach the Bible to the regular Russians. Here is a police man (militia man) reading his first ever Bible gifted by this Englishman. Also he made … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/08/englishman-in-rf-1991-photos/feed/ 2 American visits “Pioneer Palace” in Leningrad, 1958 http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/04/american-visits-pioneer-palace-in-leningrad-1958/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/04/american-visits-pioneer-palace-in-leningrad-1958/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 10:26:01 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168093 American traveller went to St.Petersburg in 1958. He went straight to Leningrad’s Pioneers Palace. Those were houses in USSR that attracted youth for their after-school activities, sort of YMCA or other after-school clubs. Kids of different ages were endulging in … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/04/american-visits-pioneer-palace-in-leningrad-1958/feed/ 0 Awesome Ancient Moscow and Russia as Seen by 19th Century Russian Artist Vasnetsov http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/02/awesome-ancient-moscow-and-russia-as-seen-by-19th-century-russian-artist-vasnetsov/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/02/awesome-ancient-moscow-and-russia-as-seen-by-19th-century-russian-artist-vasnetsov/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 16:08:38 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168078 Vasnetsov, brother of famous Russian painter Viktor Vasnetsov. He was very much interested in painting old historical Russia in his own style and those illustrations are very charming and give you a feel of some fairy tale. Let’s see. Old … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/02/awesome-ancient-moscow-and-russia-as-seen-by-19th-century-russian-artist-vasnetsov/feed/ 0 Video of Mayday Parades in Moscow: 1945, 1918, 1932, 1935, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/01/video-of-mayday-parades-in-moscow-1945-1918-1932-1935-1950-1952-1953-1954/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/01/video-of-mayday-parades-in-moscow-1945-1918-1932-1935-1950-1952-1953-1954/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 19:02:57 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168069 Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/05/01/video-of-mayday-parades-in-moscow-1945-1918-1932-1935-1950-1952-1953-1954/feed/ 0 Foreigner in Russia travels Volga River in 1958 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/30/foreigner-in-russia-travels-volga-river-in-1958/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/30/foreigner-in-russia-travels-volga-river-in-1958/#comments Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:05:36 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168067 Yet another American photographer went to see USSR in 1958. His focus of interest was the Volga river and cities on its shores. After he returned he made an album called “Volga River Essay”, and here it is: Hope you … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/30/foreigner-in-russia-travels-volga-river-in-1958/feed/ 0 Foreginer visits Kiev and Odessa in 1968 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/28/foreginer-visits-kiev-and-odessa-in-1968/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/28/foreginer-visits-kiev-and-odessa-in-1968/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:32:04 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168061 Another set from another foreigner who visited “closed” country Soviet Union in 1968. His main cities of focus were Kiev and Odessa which are Ukraine now, but at time it was a pretty much Russian cities as any other city … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/28/foreginer-visits-kiev-and-odessa-in-1968/feed/ 1 Another Foreigner Visits Russian in 1956 and This Is What He Saw http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/27/another-foreigner-visits-russian-in-1956-and-this-is-what-he-saw/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/27/another-foreigner-visits-russian-in-1956-and-this-is-what-he-saw/#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:17:37 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168057 More photos of Soviet people and Soviet life as seen by a foreigner who was on tour by Soviet country in 1956. Different photos, unstaged, can’t be said it’s propaganda. Interesting to look at, sixty years later. Hope you liked … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/27/another-foreigner-visits-russian-in-1956-and-this-is-what-he-saw/feed/ 2 Abandoned Russian Town that Stored Nuclear Weapons 200 Km from USA Coast in Winter http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/27/abandoned-russian-town-that-stored-nuclear-weapons-200-km-from-usa-coast-in-winter/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/27/abandoned-russian-town-that-stored-nuclear-weapons-200-km-from-usa-coast-in-winter/#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:30:24 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168055 This town Gudym is just 200 km away from USA. Probably this is why it was used as a top secret warehouse for the nuclear weapons. The heart of the town is a huge concrete hole in the ground that … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/27/abandoned-russian-town-that-stored-nuclear-weapons-200-km-from-usa-coast-in-winter/feed/ 6 Lenin in Color http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/lenin-in-color/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/lenin-in-color/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:43:59 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168043 Two days ago it was Lenin’s birthday, so we devote this posting to commemorate him. Those are previously not compiled in one posting color (mostly colorized) photos of Lenin during different periods of his life. Starting with this Lenin’s family … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/lenin-in-color/feed/ 1 A Few Photos from Inside of Hermitage http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/a-few-photos-from-inside-of-hermitage/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/a-few-photos-from-inside-of-hermitage/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:55:23 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168041 A few photos from inside of Hermitage – most well known Russian museum in St.Petersburg. It’s full of pictures, statues, Asian tourists with cameras and of course its interiors won’t leave anyone untouched. Russian blogger Dmitri went there and made … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/a-few-photos-from-inside-of-hermitage/feed/ 2 Stalin’s Parade of Atheletes in 1933 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/stalins-parade-of-atheletes-in-1933/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/stalins-parade-of-atheletes-in-1933/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:13:47 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168039 Stalin and all Soviet power of that time was obsessed with healthy youth and culture of a developed body. Probably for a same reason as a Nazi Germany – they wanted to build a perfect future state, for the first … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/stalins-parade-of-atheletes-in-1933/feed/ 0 Era of Abundance in USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/era-of-abundance-in-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/era-of-abundance-in-ussr/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:03:25 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168035 End of 1940s and beginning of the 1950s is considered to be another “Golden Era” of the Soviet country. War is over, country was recovering fast and was rebuilding everything. Soviet people who lived at that time said they were … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/24/era-of-abundance-in-ussr/feed/ 4 Leningrad Ballet School in 1980 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/23/leningrad-ballet-school-in-1980/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/23/leningrad-ballet-school-in-1980/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:49:22 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168033 Russia was always known for its ballet school, just remember the well known “Swan Lake”. And because of this every city in USSR had its ballet schools. These are photos from a private collection from one of such school in … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/23/leningrad-ballet-school-in-1980/feed/ 1 Abandoned Country: Photos of Abandoned Objects and Vehicles of USSR http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/23/abandoned-country-photos-of-abandoned-objects-and-vehicles-of-ussr/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/23/abandoned-country-photos-of-abandoned-objects-and-vehicles-of-ussr/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:23:15 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168030 The heritage of the Soviet Union, results of USSR collapse or just some criminal neglect. Abandoned factories, military regiments, and even space ships. Country that doesn’t exist anymore, objects frozen in time. Just a few photos to get an idea … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/23/abandoned-country-photos-of-abandoned-objects-and-vehicles-of-ussr/feed/ 2 Russian Clothes and Every Day Life in Late 19th Century http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/21/russian-clothes-and-every-day-life-in-late-19th-century/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/21/russian-clothes-and-every-day-life-in-late-19th-century/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:45:39 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168028 Here you will find old photos showing clothes and everyday life of Russian village. The photos made in late 19th and early 20th century. They very nicely reflect life at that time in Russia, let’s take a look. Hope you … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/21/russian-clothes-and-every-day-life-in-late-19th-century/feed/ 4 Soviet Black Sea resort Sochi in 1988 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/20/soviet-black-sea-resort-sochi-in-1988/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/20/soviet-black-sea-resort-sochi-in-1988/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:39:19 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=168023 Sochi was (is) a Russian and Soviet most popular resort city. It’s located in sub-tropical climate making it stand out in all Russia. During USSR era when people couldn’t leave the country for the warm resorts of other countries they … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/20/soviet-black-sea-resort-sochi-in-1988/feed/ 1 Nice photos from a “Soviet Photo” Magazine http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/18/nice-photos-from-a-soviet-photo-magazine/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/18/nice-photos-from-a-soviet-photo-magazine/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:03:38 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167990 “Soviet Photo” was a Soviet photo (obviously) magazine. It published mainly professional photos of Soviet photographers capturing everyday life of Soviet people.  Also some amateur photographers sometimes got luck to be published in the mag. Let’s see some of the … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/18/nice-photos-from-a-soviet-photo-magazine/feed/ 0 Abandoned nuclear warhead armory http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/17/abandoned-nuclear-arsenal/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/17/abandoned-nuclear-arsenal/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:29:34 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167986 Sometime we publish different abandoned Soviet objects that being visited by Russian bloggers. This time they have visited pretty interest place that was very important during the Cold War. It was used to store nuclear projectiles and thus tells a … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/17/abandoned-nuclear-arsenal/feed/ 1 Bear Wrestling, Bear Feeding and more fun of Soviet Oil Capital http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/17/bear-wrestling-bear-feeding-and-more-fun-of-soviet-oil-capital/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/17/bear-wrestling-bear-feeding-and-more-fun-of-soviet-oil-capital/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:22:26 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167980 Ukhta was an oil capital of one of the Northern Russian regions. It’s a home to one time Russian most rich man Roman Abramovich who also earned his fortune selling oil assets. However besides oil it was a pretty traditional … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/17/bear-wrestling-bear-feeding-and-more-fun-of-soviet-oil-capital/feed/ 2 Photos of USSR in 1960s http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/16/photos-of-ussr-in-1960s/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/16/photos-of-ussr-in-1960s/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:51:06 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167978 Just a nice set of photos from USSR in 1960s. Really bright photos. Hope you liked those!]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/16/photos-of-ussr-in-1960s/feed/ 1 Lines in Soviet Union http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/14/lines-in-soviet-union/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/14/lines-in-soviet-union/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:18:13 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167973 Lines in Soviet Union was something that called a sort of attraction that all Soviet people were taking part, often involunarily. People got used to the lines and took them for granted. Here are some photos of Soviet people standing … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/14/lines-in-soviet-union/feed/ 25 Lions Guard the City: Soviet Postcards Devoted to Lion Sculptures in St.Petersburg http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/14/lions-guard-the-city-soviet-postcards-devoted-to-lion-sculptures-in-st-petersburg/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/14/lions-guard-the-city-soviet-postcards-devoted-to-lion-sculptures-in-st-petersburg/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:33:33 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167969 This is another set of Soviet postcards. Those were published in 1979 and are devoted to numerous lion sculptures of St.Petersburg.  During aristocratic Russian era in late 18th and 19th century there were quite a few of those were erected … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/14/lions-guard-the-city-soviet-postcards-devoted-to-lion-sculptures-in-st-petersburg/feed/ 0 Golden Time of USSR: Year 1981 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/13/golden-time-of-ussr-year-1981/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/13/golden-time-of-ussr-year-1981/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:28:11 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167965 Late 1970s were considered to be golden era of Soviet Union. World War 2 is much behind, the country is already rebuilt. Oil prices were high, which brought stable income and inflow of dollars. Space program was on its top … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/13/golden-time-of-ussr-year-1981/feed/ 3 Soviet Ukraine: Photos of City of Kherson in Different Years http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/13/soviet-ukraine-photos-of-city-of-kherson-in-different-years/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/13/soviet-ukraine-photos-of-city-of-kherson-in-different-years/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:42:38 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167962 Russian Queen Ekaterina has founded Kherson as a fortress and shipbuilding dock in 1778. It was first ever Russian Black Sea Navy base. Soviet power over Kherson was established in 1920 after a short Russian Civil War.  Biggest population of … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/13/soviet-ukraine-photos-of-city-of-kherson-in-different-years/feed/ 2 All Cosmonauts of USSR: Their Photos and Little Stories http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/all-cosmonauts-of-ussr-their-photos-and-little-stories/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/all-cosmonauts-of-ussr-their-photos-and-little-stories/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:49:45 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167957 Since we are doing “Cosmonautics Day” today, here is another posting. Here is a set of Soviet postcards showing all Soviet cosmonauts. Each postcard has a photo of a cosmonaut and his small story. Let’s see, nice set. Of course … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/all-cosmonauts-of-ussr-their-photos-and-little-stories/feed/ 2 Rare Photos of Yuri Gagarin During His First Fifteen Hours After First Flight to Space http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/rare-photos-of-yuri-gagarin-during-his-first-fifteen-hours-after-first-flight-to-space/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/rare-photos-of-yuri-gagarin-during-his-first-fifteen-hours-after-first-flight-to-space/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:29:21 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167955 So since it’s “Cosmonautics Day” today in Russia which is devoted to first flight to space, let’s see some more interesting “Cosmonautics” photo. Namely we have here photos of Yuri Gagarin made during first fifteen hours after he returned from … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/rare-photos-of-yuri-gagarin-during-his-first-fifteen-hours-after-first-flight-to-space/feed/ 2 Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/ruins-of-cosmic-civilization-fully-intact-abandoned-little-known-soviet-space-shuttles-on-baikonur-launch-site/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/ruins-of-cosmic-civilization-fully-intact-abandoned-little-known-soviet-space-shuttles-on-baikonur-launch-site/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:04:57 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167953 Today Russia celebrates the official “Cosmonautics Day” – space topic is all over screens today and even president Putin went to see new Russian movie about a space exploration. However, there is a page of history of USSR and now … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/ruins-of-cosmic-civilization-fully-intact-abandoned-little-known-soviet-space-shuttles-on-baikonur-launch-site/feed/ 5 Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980 http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/japanese-tv-films-moscow-in-1980/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/japanese-tv-films-moscow-in-1980/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:54 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167949 Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/japanese-tv-films-moscow-in-1980/feed/ 0 USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/ussr-during-1980s-documentary-photography-by-vadim-kachan/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/ussr-during-1980s-documentary-photography-by-vadim-kachan/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:25:27 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167947 Today we continue publishing rare archive photos of USSR during its late times. Here is a photographer Vadim Kachan who was enjoying photographing people during 1980s. He lived at time in Minsk (now Belarus) and was a constant in a local photography … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/12/ussr-during-1980s-documentary-photography-by-vadim-kachan/feed/ 4 Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/11/soviet-photographer-vladimir-zotov/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/11/soviet-photographer-vladimir-zotov/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:23:35 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167939 Soviet photographer Vladimir Zotov, born in 1939, was spending most of his life photographing Soviet people. Worked as a photographer in Soviet newspapers. He remembers that newspapers in USSR were paying very little to their photographers, he lived mostly from side … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/11/soviet-photographer-vladimir-zotov/feed/ 2 Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/10/russian-cities-on-1711-old-pictures-of-nicolaas-witsen-some-of-this-cities-dont-exist-anymore/ http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/10/russian-cities-on-1711-old-pictures-of-nicolaas-witsen-some-of-this-cities-dont-exist-anymore/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:09:31 +0000 http://englishrussia.com/?p=167935 Nicolaas Witsen was a famous Dutch person in 18th century. In fact he became  a mayor of Amsterdam thirteen times! In his free time he was cartographer, maritime writer, and an authority on shipbuilding, but most importantly he was an expert on … Read more...]]> http://englishrussia.com/2017/04/10/russian-cities-on-1711-old-pictures-of-nicolaas-witsen-some-of-this-cities-dont-exist-anymore/feed/ 0