1 Abandoned Resort for the Kremlin Elite in Georgian Switzerland

Abandoned Resort for the Kremlin Elite in Georgian Switzerland

In mountain region of Georgia you can see a monument reminding us of the Soviet past. Hidden behind the Caucasian mountain ridge, Shovi resort stays forgotten for already a few decades.
Looking at the picturesque landscapes around you understand why it was called "Georgian Switzerland", one of the best place to spend your vacation during USSR "Golden Age".
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2 Ladies of Death: Portraits of Russian Women Snipers from World War II, Colorized

Ladies of Death: Portraits of Russian Women Snipers from World War II, Colorized

Take a look at their eyes. In June 1941 Nazi Germany attacked USSR in order to conquer and enslave its people. Soviet army
enlisted over 2,000 women snipers. Now Russian artist Olga Sh finds their photos and turn them into full color.
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0 Surgut Russian City in Taiga

Surgut Russian City in Taiga

Taiga is a forest consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches. Much of Russia from Karelia in the west to the
Pacific Ocean (including much of Siberia) is taiga. And Surgut is a  340,000 population city deep in taiga.
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0 Kindergarten in USSR, 1960

Kindergarten in USSR, 1960

In 1960 American Life magazine photographers spent a few days in a Russian kindergarten -
preschool facility where kids were going up to the age of seven. Here are their photographs.
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1 Russian Empire Army Hospital in 1914-1916

Russian Empire Army Hospital in 1914-1916

Here are the photos of Russian Empire army hospital made in around 1914-1916. The World War I was going on, there was not enough hospitals to put all wounded soldiers. Schools and
other state buildings were turned into hospital. Here  are some unique photos including surgery rooms and patients. This one first photo is the entrance into the hospital.
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5 Life of the Worker in USSR, 1950s

Life of the Worker in USSR, 1950s

In 1950s American LIFE magazine has spent a couple of days with a simple
Russian worker capturing his daily routines. Here are some photos they made.
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1 Soviet Crimea in 1960s-1980s

Soviet Crimea in 1960s-1980s

A traveller visited this place somewhere
between these dates and here are the photos.
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1 Fifteen Great Russian Artworks You Won’t Find in Any Schoolbooks

Fifteen Great Russian Artworks You Won’t Find in Any Schoolbooks

Soviet and then Russian schoolbooks are pretty much avoiding these artworks. All of them are connected by one topic - heavy drunkenness, bullying, family violence, but mostly of
course, drunkenness. Despite how famous the artist was, how good the artworks themselves are, they are generally not included in the textbooks or art books in Russia.
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8 Russian Pilot Escaped to USA on Super Secret Air Force MiG-25 Jet

Russian Pilot Escaped to USA on Super Secret Air Force MiG-25 Jet

At the beginning of 1976, an international scandal broke out: A Soviet Air Force pilot, Viktor Belenko, escaped the USSR together with the newest MiG-25
jet. He landed in Japan first and then asked for asylum in the USA. In the Soviet country he left a wife and four kids. He never saw them again.
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4 American Navy Sailors Visiting Sevastopol, Crimea in 1989

American Navy Sailors Visiting Sevastopol, Crimea in 1989

So when Gorbachev announced "perestroyka" (change) such visits became possible. Two American Navy ships USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) and USS Kauffman (FFG-59) arrived to previously "closed" city of Sevastopol - main base of Soviet and then Russian Navy at the Black
Sea. Sevastopol before was impossible to visit by American or any NATO ship. It was so important for Russian Navy that even after USSR collapse when Crimea became Ukrainian the Sevastopol continued to most of all Russian Black Sea fleet.
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