19 Abandoned Mayan Statues in… St. Petersburg

Abandoned Mayan Statues in… St. Petersburg

In one of the regular inner yards of multi-stored buildings in St. Petersburg there is a whole collection of Middle-American Mayan statues standing under open air and not protected by anybody, left all by themselves. The story of them appearing there starts in 19th century when Academy of St. Petersburg sent a group of explorers to Middle America. They visited through all of Yucatan, collected different things for St. Petersburg's museums. By the way they noticed and bought a set of Mayan idols from Chichen Itza ruins. Upon the return of expedition smaller objects were placed into museums but nobody has found a good place for those Mayan statues and they were left all by
themselves in the back yard, dug into ground. A few years passed and Soviet Revolution happened, all the museums were messed up, all the buildings were nationalized by Soviets and were used for a totally different purpose then before. In many churches warehouses were founded as the result of total atheism of new Russian authorities, and many museum were turned into something else as a result of ignorance. So hundred years passed and those 1500 year old Mayan deities stand, abandoned and not worshiped by anyone except accidental Russian teens searching for a place to have a beer outside in some public backyard.
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43 72 Old Soviet Calculators

72 Old Soviet Calculators

Yes, 72 different calcs from Soviet times. All are from collection of Sergei Frolov. Different in size, colour and functions but all from one brand
"Electronica". There were no another brand of calculators at that time in Soviet Union - all had to buy and use only Electronika things.
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25 Russian-Japan War Propaganda Posters

Russian-Japan War Propaganda Posters

In the beginning of 20-th century Russia participated in the war with Japan. Some our readers
asked if there were some propaganda posters from that times. There are some.
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12 Moscow 1890

Moscow 1890

This should the most early color
photos of Moscow. Moscow at 1890.
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11 Abramovich in 80s

Abramovich in 80s

That's a photo of Roman Abramovich, the richest Russian, in 80s.
Oh by the way he is now second Russian richest one.


108 Lenin As He Is Today

Lenin As He Is Today

Many of our readers know that in the middle of Moscow, right on the Red Square, next to the Kremlin there is a Lenin's tomb, called "mausoleum". There, inside, mummy of Lenin lies. Really, not only Egyptians made mummies but Soviet authorities decided to make a mummy of Lenin as a symbol of Soviet Era and October Revolution. This Lenin's tomb was a real shrine for all the Russian people who came all over the vast Russia to visit the Red Square and mausoleum. There were alway long lines on entrance, people had to wait a few hours as minimum in order to enter and take a fast glance of Lenin, or the piece of what 70 years ago was called Lenin.
Nowadays many people demand to remove the body or the mummy from the middle of the Red Square and bury it, but still there are many people brought up in communist style who are against this so powers afraid on making some sheer action on the tomb. And because its all made of flesh and bones, at least it was made of it, it needs some cleaning and service a few times a year. Here we have some screenshots from Russian TV channel where the operation of regular service on Lenin's mummy was shown. Please be informed that some of the pics may be a little bit not a nice thing to look at.
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6 Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914

Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914

This is a series of old postcards back from 1914 describing their look in future of Moscow city. Authors in 1914 tried to figure out how would their city look after 100-200-300 years from then. We now can see were they
successful or not. The picture above shows how should look one of Moscow highways in 200 years after 1914. It should be totally polished with an ice so that ultramodern air-motored sleighs could glide fast and easy.
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22 Lenin and Leonardo Di Caprio

Lenin and Leonardo Di Caprio

Some people say that Lenin
looks like Di Caprio.
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119 Battle For Staliningrad

Battle For Staliningrad

In Russian schools kids are being taught that the ... in the World War II has happened after the "Battle for Staliningrad". After this battle it has become possible for Russian troops to reorganize and pass to the offensive. No Russian would you every believe that D-Day was something meaningful in the World War II,
according to the point of view of every average Russian who studied history at Secondary School - the only power in the World War II who win the war was the Soviet Union. A few days ago there was 64th anniversary of this "Staliningrad Battle", and here is a little photo chronicles from that event.
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5 Buy Piece of Saint

Buy Piece of Saint

One Russian antique shop sells... remains of a medieval Russian Orthodox Christian saint. His skull his bones which were stored previously in
Kazan cathedral. The price is not declared, the items are from private seller. So does anybody want a piece of the saint?
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