6 The Pyramids of the Talc Pit

The Pyramids of the Talc Pit

This talc pit is an interesting and unusual place. It seems that ancient Egyptians were here, in the Sverdlovsk region, to make their pyramids. The development started in the end of the 19th century,
extraction in the 30s of the 20th century. In the time of perestroika the extraction stopped and the pit was closed down. Since then tourists started to come here looking for something unusual.
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13 Travelling In Russia of 1985

Travelling In Russia of 1985

Photos of one foreigner who travelled to
Moscow and Vladimir in May, 1985.
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4 Abandoned Communication Center

Abandoned Communication Center

Some abandoned communication center. It seems that only yesterday life was boiling
here. History is a hard drug indeed and mystery is its main chemical component.
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20 Russian Cities In the XIX Century

Russian Cities In the XIX Century

A huge collection of pictures of
Russian cities in the 19th century.
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2 In a Big Big Old Fridge

In a Big Big Old Fridge

We are in the largest Crimean fridge built
and put into service back in May 1928.
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27 The City Demolished By the War

The City Demolished By the War

The whole city was built for the movie decorations in Yaroslavl. They tried to built Stalingrad ruined by battles in 1942-43. When you
find yourself in this fake city you get horrified by thinking what was it like to be in real Stalingrad of those years...
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30 The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

This S-56 submarine stands on the Vladivostok embankment. It's a guard submarine decorated with the Order of the Red
Banner, the Soviet diesel-electric one of the WWII time. Its captain became the hero of the Soviet Union.
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5 From the River Bottom Back to Life

From the River Bottom Back to Life

Tank KV-1 raised from the bottom of the Neva river in November, 16th, 2011 is being restored now in the Museum of the Battle
for Leningrad. After the restoration it will participate in historical reconstructions and military parades.
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2 Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Modernity And Antiquity of the Georgian Land

Svaneti is a historic province in Georgia, in the northwestern part of the country. It is inhabited by the Svans, a geographic subgroup of the Georgians. Geographically and historically, the province has been divided into two parts—Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti. Upper Svaneti is known for its architectural treasures and
picturesque landscapes. Dwelling towers built in the X-XII centuries are also very interesting. It also has ancient stone Orthodox churches. Upper Svaneti was enlisted as an object of UNESCO world heritage. The Svans never conquered anyone and nobody tried to conquer them - they lived too high.
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29 Soviet Past of Today

Soviet Past of Today

Perm. A huge city, the third largest in Russia, after Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is growing fast, invading more and more territories from the Ural forests. Old blocks are being promptly rebuilt too. Walking we pass by office buildings, banks, stores, cafes and restaurants, and somewhere in the end of the
street we find ourselves ... in the past. Soviet past, almost forgotten. Six two-storey wooden houses, with no gas, central heating or water supply. Each is a hundred years old or even more. They stood here before the revolution! And people who inhabit them are also not from modern time.
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