russia
53 Parts of USSR

Parts of USSR

So in order to clarify a little bit what countries were in the USSR we have some photos. People of those countries fill themselves now independent but formerly were referred as "Soviet People". Most of
them still know Russian language almost perfectly. So the list of the counties: First goes Russia. It was the biggest part of USSR in terms of territory and population.
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moscow
15 Moscow 1927

Moscow 1927

A few shots of Moscow city back from 1927. Photos are
black and white. Bank of Moscow river.
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wtc russian view
120 Russian Pilot Making Photos 9/11 Flying Above NYC

Russian Pilot Making Photos 9/11 Flying Above NYC

Here is a shocking story of Russian pilot, now living in the USA who was on the air 9th September 2001 and have made photos right from the air when planes crashed the WTC. He worked at that time as a programmer in one of the dot coms and had some
free time which usualy he spent flying Cessna 172SP plane around NYC. We have this photos today. Just when he took off he spotted a smoke coming from WTC towers. He was very surprised and headed in that direction:
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soviet carpets
43 Soviet Propaganda… Carpets

Soviet Propaganda… Carpets

Do you use carpets in your home? Want to see how carpets looked in
Soviet homes? Here they are, right from the Soviet Museum:
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Kazakhstan, 70s
20 Kazakhstan at 70s

Kazakhstan at 70s

It has been said on some news sites today that people of the village named Gold located in Romania (which is 2000 away from Kazahstan and in Europe) try to sue "Borat" movie creators in court of New York. They claim that they were told it's a just a documentary about poverty in Romania, and were shocked when they found themselves in a comedy movie about... Kazakhstan. I don't know how big are their odds to win the case, but here are
the photos of Kazakhstan 30 years ago, from Soviet archives at Soviet Museum. Soviet chronicles of course tried to tape mostly the merits leaving behind all the poverty etc. Still Kazakhstan even at that time had industry and was famous for its coal mining and cotton production. Also I've read on different websites that Borat is speaking Hebrew to his fellow villagers in the movie trailer.
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soviet robots
6 Soviet Robots

Soviet Robots

This is an authentic photo from official Soviet Russia archives. Can it be so that Soviet Russian goverment concealed their plans of replacing Russian people with human like robots or androids? It could be a great step forward towards Soviet ideals - an average robot
is much more convinient for a Soviet goverment than an average Soviet citizen. According to the photo first species of those robots were treated with all honours, I wonder why they closed the project? Was it a lack of budget?    
islamic terror
18 Russia 100 Years War on Terror?

Russia 100 Years War on Terror?

It's a photo from amazing Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorsky, the official photographer of Russian empire. He had a special technology of making three different shots and then combining them in one colour images, most of his works are now stored at Library of Congress and available from their site. This particular shot was made in 1907, that's almost 100 years ago. And what can we see here? A group of islamic terrorists sit in
cage-prison guarded by Russian soldier - the guy in red pants with a rifle (this kind of prisons were made by digging a big hole in the ground and putting very low-ceilings building on it). So the war with Islamic suspects in Russia is 100 years long already? And at that time there were no human rights commisions and "secret prisons" were pretty un-secret. You see there Osama's grandpa probably?  
theater in moscow
18 Abandoned Theater in Moscow

Abandoned Theater in Moscow

To continue the topic of abandoned places in Russia I would show you an abandoned theater in Moscow. During Soviet era it was a centre of cultural life – now it
stays abandoned. Probably it would be renovated someday and more visitors would come to enjoy some Russian classical plays shown on it's scene.
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vaz 2101, russian car
42 Some Russian cars Were Replicas

Some Russian cars Were Replicas

In Soviet times there were only a few models of cars produced and all of them were produced on the factories belonging to Soviet goverment, actually there were any other form of property - all the property, both
commercial and resedential belonged to the state. So at that time nobody much cared about copyright stuff so even some Soviet cars are replicas of some foreign Western cars. Here are the examples:
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4 Russian Catapult

Russian Catapult

This video of some Russian guys, have another kind of fun. So, a group of Russians, lead by guy named “German”, dwellers of Russian capital Moscow city, arrived to a common Russian village and started a strange project. What did they do?
They have built a big catapult or trebuchet in the middle of common Russian village, right on the snowy field, and… shot fireballs with it. They say that a price of each shot was around $120 and nobody was hurt.