40 Dark Face of Socialism by Vlad Sokolaev

Dark Face of Socialism by Vlad Sokolaev

Soviet photographer Sokolaev has called his series of photos something that can be translated as "Unattractive and hidden side of socialism". He was taking those photos in a twenty year period from the 1970s to the late 1980s. Of course,
Soviet powers would not tolerate such views of their state. However, the series turns out to be really dark and gloomy and really causing of awe when viewed now, almost forty years later. Take a look, awesome photos!
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23 Russian Empire Photos of the Late 19th Century

Russian Empire Photos of the Late 19th Century

A nice collection of late 19th century photos of the Russian Empire. It looks like a totally different world from how modern Russia looks now. At that time, Russia included such places as Helsinki and the whole of Finland, Warsaw and Poland. Much more
area than now. Each picture has a caption but the captions are in French - though you can easily understand what they mean - like this on top says "Le Palais De Lamiraute" which translates into "Palace of Admiralty". Enjoy the view!
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7 Soviet Scientists Knew How Humans Could Live in Space

Soviet Scientists Knew How Humans Could Live in Space

In a sci-fi movie "Martian" an astranaut left on the Mars all alone tries to survive in any possible ways. It is especially curious how he produces water and grows potatoes - but actually something like this had already been done by Soviet scientists fifty years ago. Working on prototypes of future bases on the Moon and other planets, they managed to create  closed systems
that independently produced air, water and even food for participants of the experiment. In the 60-70s at the order of a world-known scientist Sergey Korolev they made a prototype of a space station where people could live for months without obtaining water, air and food from outside. That result has never been repeated by anyone since then.
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5 Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

This city has nothing special about it, says Alexander, a Russian blogger and traveller who is known to take awesome photos of places he visits. It's just an old "Soviet" town in Georgia, only its nature makes it
stand out a bit. But what makes it really interesting is an ancient stone fortress called "Rabbati". This fortification was built in sixteen century by Turkish military. Let's see how it looks now!
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7 Russian North: Old Wooden Architecture And Mouthwatering Cuisine

Russian North: Old Wooden Architecture And Mouthwatering Cuisine

This is the Russian north, the Arkhangelsk Region, where asphalted roads are not typical. According to blogger muph, it is always nice to be there. The Oshevensky tract stretches from Kargopol to Oshevensk. Kargopol is a big city (compared to
others in the north), while Oshevensk is actually a bunch of villages united under the same title - Oshevenskoye. This place is undoubtedly another treasure of genuine beauty of Russian nature and old Russian architecture at its best.
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6 Soviet Snipers in Afghanistan in 1979 to 1989

Soviet Snipers in Afghanistan in 1979 to 1989

Here is a collection of Soviet snipers in Afghanistan during the Soviet military presence there in 1979-1989. This first guy is a Soviet record holder - sergeant Vladimir Ilyin has shot a
Mujahideen chief commander from a record distance of 1350 meter away from his sniper rifle. That's over one kilometer away or over 4,449 feet! Inside are some more snipers!
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10 Russian Abandoned Soviet Collective Farms

Russian Abandoned Soviet Collective Farms

During Soviet Era there were a lot of collective farms. Most of Russian state food input at that time was coming from them. Some of them were very successful and large and were called "millionaires". Like  for example this collective farm which according to Soviets
statistics and memories of the locals was one of the most important and successful in the region. It produced tons of grain and meat, veggies, milk and everything else farm can get in this climes. Now it is all abandoned and destroyed. Please take a look.
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6 Old Russian Mansion near Moscow

Old Russian Mansion near Moscow

This old house is a two-storeyed Russian mansion from 1775. A few relatives of the Russian Tsar occupied it
during the last 250 years.  Thanks to one Russian blogger who was allowed in, we can see a few shots of it.
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25 Russian Army In European Capitals Throughout the History

Russian Army In European Capitals Throughout the History

Throughout the history of Russia its troops have reached the majority of European capitals. Thus, 255 years ago, on the early morning of the 28th of September, 1760, the troops of General Zakhar Chernyshov entered Berlin. The favourite of the Russian Tsarina Elizabeth, Count Shuvalov, dropped a phrase that shook all
of Europe: "It is impossible to get to Petersburg from Berlin, but quite possible - from Petersburg to Berlin". And, as history shows, the Count was right. There are few European capitals that were never reached by Russian soldiers. Moreover, some capitals were visited more than once.
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2 Palace of Peter the Great’s Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great’s Greatest Friend

Russian statesman Menshikov is well known in Russia. He is often referred as the best and the only friend of Russia's greatest innovator Tsar Peter the Great. They say that de facto this person was a ruler of Russia for two consecutive years. His official titles included Prince
of Russia, Duke of Ingria and many more. So for sure this man needed a palace as all Tsars did at that times and so he had one. Thanks to Russian blogger Deletant we are able to see the best luxury and style man could buy at that time in Russia. Let's see!
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