32 Russia in 1851 as Seen By Americans

Russia in 1851 as Seen By Americans

So this is a picture book published in New York in 1854 telling the story of an American traveller going to Russia and what he saw there. To make it more gloomy he called his book "A Knout and the Russians".
Knout is a whip, a thing which used to raise the horses etc and also used to punish people in Russia, in public. Interesting pictures and happily with embed English captions. Welcome inside:
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24 Free and Happy Soviet People

Free and Happy Soviet People

According to the title, this selection of photos should show you free and happy Soviet people. They named it this way, because it was first published somewhere in the middle 1960s in Russia, and a lot of people really were happy after their country was rebuilt after a
devastating war, and they were also pretty free, at least financially, not having any house loans, or anything like this. However, it's up to you decide if these are propaganda photos or true record of the life of the Soviet people of that time.
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1 Russian Sakhalin Island 100 Years Ago

Russian Sakhalin Island 100 Years Ago

This is how people lived on Sakhalin Island around 100 years ago in Russia. Actually, Sakhalin is the biggest populated
island in Russia, located in the Russian Pacific. The photos are very atmospheric and there are plenty of them. Enjoy!
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1 Soviet Kids

Soviet Kids

Here we have just over thirty nostalgic black and white photos of Soviet kids just, you know, being kids. Also, for those of you who expecting more often updates, just a friendly reminder that we also have an official
English Russia twitter account.  Subscribe, it updates at least once a day with some funny or historical or just interesting photo from ex-USSR space. Pass it on!  And now, back to the Soviet kids:
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10 Russian Kayaking in -27 Outside

Russian Kayaking in -27 Outside

Russian blogger, I. Podgorny from Petrozavodsk, Karelia, says that last morning he was woken by his friend saying "you gotta visit me right now. It's -27 outside and it is still possible to kayak on the
river. Let's do this". So the blogger took his camera and went on the sudden adventure. So thanks to him we can see the awesomeness of nature and almost feel all that cold around them!
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7 Album of Russian Top Beauties 1904

Album of Russian Top Beauties 1904

Here we have a booklet called "Album of Russian Top Beauties". Famous actresses, media personalities and wives of rich men - all gathered togethered. The only catch here is that it was published in 1904, so your perception of beauty and attractiveness might have changed greatly over the last 112
years. Want to test yourself to see if you still find those Russian Top Ladies attractive? Girls from many parts of the Russian Empire are listed - Polish girls and Swedish girls (Finnish-Swedish), Jewish and Ukrainian and even Buryatian (which is indigenous SIberia). Take a look!
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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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