3 An Abandoned  Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

An Abandoned Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

We all know Alfred Nobel - a famous Swedish inventor and Nobel prize initiator. A lesser known fact is that Nobel invented explosives - TNT, and an even more less known fact is that Alfred Nobel lived in Russia, where his family moved when he was very young. his family owned factories there. Later, Alfred Nobel left Russia but as he lived and studied in Russia he could speak Russian
very well. Most of his family has left Russia too, except for his elder brother, Ludvig Nobel. Ludvig was a Russian enthusiast and businessman. He owned Nobel Enterprises in St. Petersburg and was managing business himself. He has Russian nationality, too. And this is his house, now abandoned, with a huge Lenin head in one of the rooms for some reason.
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0 Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Chita is a Russian city in Eastern Siberia, in close proximity to China. Founded in 1820, it was a small town with a population not exceeding 10,000 people until the early 1900s. Since it was close to Mongolia and China the architectural and cultural mix was also diverse. Now this city has 300,000 people or
more and looks like any other small Russian city, but in days long past it was a picturesque thing to view. Here are some of the unique photos of this city from those early days when it was nice and small. Some of these photos have English captions from the times they were printed!
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3 Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Here is an abandoned Lutheran church in St. Petersburg. Lutheranism is not very popular in Russia now, and as was true of all other religions, was oppressed
during Soviet times. So because of all of this, here is an example of a huge old Lutheran church, totally abandoned in the middle of St. Petersburg.
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25 Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

If you are a constant visitor to this site, I believe you already know about Ekranoplans - unique Soviet semi-boats semi-jets which could glide at very low altitudes above the sea and very quickly move troops or equipment or passengers this way. Sadly, not many of
them survived and they didn't go into mass production. However, here is one more interesting project - a researcher tried to re-invent a Soviet idea - a giant Ekranoplan that could carry.. other aircraft, like the aircraft carrying ships of present. Let's take a look!
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36 12 Awesome Things Soviet Union Gave to the People Ahead of Every Other Country in the World

12 Awesome Things Soviet Union Gave to the People Ahead of Every Other Country in the World

At the time the Soviet Union was established, its leaders made a lot of advancements over other powers in the world in terms of what rights and benefits they established for its people. Basically, some of the well known rights that are enjoyed by people in the West were an attempt by Western governments to counteract those of the USSR and to show kindness to their own people so that they didn't want to start a revolution and
overthrow the capitalists as they did in Russia. At least this is what some historians think. I'm pretty sure that you won't know some of those, like every Soviet person had a right to receive an apartment for free from the state, and hundreds of thousands of people received them every year. So what were those other benefits the Soviet country was first in the world to give to its population?
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5 Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Not all abandoned places are created equal. Some simply you can't resist by looking at or willing to go and explore yourself. This abandoned Russian aviator's village on Chukotka, called Apapelgino. It was a large village - with over 2,000 people living in it founded in 1939.
During the Soviet epoch it was very well maintained and needed. Then after USSR collapse it gradually ceased to exist and was totally abandoned in 2004. Thanks to cool Russian blogger Zzhitel we can now see how it looks now. And you won't be disappointed!
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2 Nostalgic Shots of Moscow from 1976

Nostalgic Shots of Moscow from 1976

Those photos are from Moscow back in  1976. People viewing these photos now say: "how nostalgic
those are! I can feel the warmth and comforting feel they make in me". Can you feel the same?
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12 Abandoned Finnish Bread Bakery in Vyborg

Abandoned Finnish Bread Bakery in Vyborg

This bakery was build in Vyborg in 1930. At times this was a Finland town. It was built as a most advanced factory for
the time. You can see how large scale it was and how spooky it now staying completely abandoned in this posting.
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9 Russian Myasischev Jets

Russian Myasischev Jets

When you think about Russian military jets, you usually think about either SU or MiG planes. Those are the two most important and big "brands" of Russian and Soviet war planes. Those jets were widely used in the USSR, are very popular in modern day Russia and were also always sold abroad in large quantities. However, those two major jet labels are not the only ones. For example there are a few more jet aircraft engineering bureaus in the USSR.
Those jets are very rare, they were usually produced in very small quantities and just a few of the planes are left intact. So it was very lucky that Said, the photographer, went to an exposition where such rare jets are on display now. These are "Myasischev" planes, named after their chief engineer Vladimir Myasischev. They had a short name "M" and were dubbed M-50, M-18 etc., and we have a few of them inside:
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1 Abandoned Russian Villages in 2015

Abandoned Russian Villages in 2015

In Russia there are multitudes of abandoned villages. Most of them have the monuments of a long gone era. One Russian blogger traveled to some of them recently and this post is what he brought back from the journey. We
start with a wooden church. Despite it looks it's not that old.  It was completed in 1910. Then communists turned it into warehouse in 1940  - as they did with many churches that were not blown up.
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