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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7 Mountains of Dagestan and 1000 Year Old Village

Mountains of Dagestan and 1000 Year Old Village

Most foreigners find it hard to give an answer if they are asked what Dagestan is or where it is located. In fact, Dagestan is not a separate country like Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan or Pakistan, but rather a part of Russia, although the southernmost part. It borders Azerbaijan and Georgia and has Chechnya as its closest neighbor in Russia. A big part of it consists of
the Caucasian mountains and the word Dagestan itself means "country of mountains". If one side of the region is mountains, the other side is the shore of the warm Caspian sea. Thanks to Russian blogger El Magico or Andrei G. who travelled there recently we can see some road pics of the place and get to know it better. Let's see what he got!
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4 Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

If you really want to see a lot of old Russian traditional wooden architecture, namely churches and chapels, then for sure you need to visit Karelia. This land borders Finland for over 1,000 km along its length on one side, and like Finland is called
"Land of the Lakes" with over 90,000 small lakes. Since the early times people have lived here and built these beautiful, unique wooden churches. Let's see inside, thanks to the Russian blogger Alexei, who took those awesome photos!
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3 An Abandoned  Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

An Abandoned Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

We all know Alfred Nobel - a famous Swedish inventor and Nobel prize initiator. A lesser known fact is that Nobel invented explosives - TNT, and an even more less known fact is that Alfred Nobel lived in Russia, where his family moved when he was very young. his family owned factories there. Later, Alfred Nobel left Russia but as he lived and studied in Russia he could speak Russian
very well. Most of his family has left Russia too, except for his elder brother, Ludvig Nobel. Ludvig was a Russian enthusiast and businessman. He owned Nobel Enterprises in St. Petersburg and was managing business himself. He has Russian nationality, too. And this is his house, now abandoned, with a huge Lenin head in one of the rooms for some reason.
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0 Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Chita is a Russian city in Eastern Siberia, in close proximity to China. Founded in 1820, it was a small town with a population not exceeding 10,000 people until the early 1900s. Since it was close to Mongolia and China the architectural and cultural mix was also diverse. Now this city has 300,000 people or
more and looks like any other small Russian city, but in days long past it was a picturesque thing to view. Here are some of the unique photos of this city from those early days when it was nice and small. Some of these photos have English captions from the times they were printed!
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3 Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Here is an abandoned Lutheran church in St. Petersburg. Lutheranism is not very popular in Russia now, and as was true of all other religions, was oppressed
during Soviet times. So because of all of this, here is an example of a huge old Lutheran church, totally abandoned in the middle of St. Petersburg.
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25 Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

If you are a constant visitor to this site, I believe you already know about Ekranoplans - unique Soviet semi-boats semi-jets which could glide at very low altitudes above the sea and very quickly move troops or equipment or passengers this way. Sadly, not many of
them survived and they didn't go into mass production. However, here is one more interesting project - a researcher tried to re-invent a Soviet idea - a giant Ekranoplan that could carry.. other aircraft, like the aircraft carrying ships of present. Let's take a look!
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