We have seen plenty of gas masks, filtering units and other means of protection here, and we understand that before serial production each of them should be tested, patented and approved. Thus, gas masks should be comfortable and harmless. This
very place was used for testing and approving them some time ago. It has many labs, warehouses and shops, a library, a medical room and even a movie hall. We are at the institute of safety equipment research. Come inside!
Probably, all of you guys have used public transport, right? It's an important part of city infrastructure, it provides transportation for its citizens and communication. In the Soviet times, the most popular means of transport were buses, mostly due to the fact that not many families had cars in the 80s. People were using buses daily. Pripyat was not an exception. In fact, a bus could become another symbol of the city - hundreds of buses, brought from various parts of the
Kiev region, provided transport for the evacuation of people on the 27th of April, 1986. Before the catastrophe, Pripyat had a functioning bus station with the same name "Pripyat" that was used as an important junction point on the way from the Kiev region to the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. That station, that has not been visited by public transport for more than twenty eight years, is the very place we are about to go to....
In Moscow embassy of Vietnam a party for Russian army veterans was held. It seems to be an annual event when representatives of Vietnam invite Soviet soldiers to thank them for their help during the Vietnamese war. It's being held on fifth of
August, the day on which it is said that the first American plane was shot down in the Vietnam skies. Vitaliy, the blogger, has had a chance to get inside this event to see what was happening there. We have the photos inside.