4 Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol is a city in Crimea. Was stormed by British and French during siege of Sevastopol in 1854. Was a bombed by nazis during WW2. Was a navy base during USSR. Stayed as a Russian naval base in 1990s after USSR collapsed. Was declared to be a Russian city by
Russian parliament in 1993. Parliament got bombed by Yeltsin, the decision had to be taken back (for the first time in history). No matter of it's rich history was pretty calm and nice city in 1970s. Let's see some postcards of the city at that time:
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2 Gagarin’s museum in Smolensk, Russia

Gagarin’s museum in Smolensk, Russia

Tomorrow's day is marked as "Cosmonautics Day" in Russia and some other ex-Soviet countries. It's devoted to the first flight to space made on this day, fifty six years ago. For this ocassion let's visit a Gagarin's
museum in Smolensk, Russia and see what they got there. It's the biggest museum in all Smolensk region and have a lot of cool stuff there too see - like the house of Yuri Gagarin, where he lived, slept etc.
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2 Funny Photos from Russian Army

Funny Photos from Russian Army

  In USSR there was a saying that anyone who served in an army, doesn't laugh in circus anymore. There were plenty of reasons for this - army was seemed a tough experience for most of young Soviet boys. In modern Russia they say army
became much more pleasant, you don't serve two years anymore, just one, you get better food, better cloths, you can have your mobile phone etc. But still army is a supplier of funny photos and we tap in some of those here:
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2 Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov

Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov

Soviet photographer Vladimir Zotov, born in 1939, was spending most of his life photographing Soviet people. Worked as a photographer in Soviet newspapers. He remembers that newspapers in USSR were paying
very little to their photographers, he lived mostly from side projects like photographing weddings, kids etc. However he kept working because he liked photography. Here are a few of his works:
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1 Best of Russia photos 2016

Best of Russia photos 2016

"Best of Russia" is a photo contest held in Russia each year since 2008. It is supported by Russian museum and department of culture, however we doubt it is really featuring best of the best photos of Russia for the year. However some of the photos are pretty
worth seeing so lets see all the works for this "Best of Russia 2016" contest. Most of the photos got captions and we translate them unchanged, some of them pretty weird but this is what photographers wanted them to be. More photos ahead:
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0 Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Nicolaas Witsen was a famous Dutch person in 18th century. In fact he became  a mayor of Amsterdam thirteen times! In his free time he was cartographer, maritime writer, and an authority on shipbuilding, but most importantly he
was an expert on Russian affairs. So he went to Russia and here are the pictures of Russian towns he brought back in year 1711. Interesting fact that some of the town he has visited at that time don't exist now.
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1 Russian Cosmonaut Grechko Dead at Age 85

Russian Cosmonaut Grechko Dead at Age 85

Georgiy Grechko was a legendary man in Russia. A cosmonaut, twice received "Hero of USSR" award, was appointed as a first Russian man to go to the Moon (never happened though). Three times he went to space, once was in an outer space, stayed for over 134 days on orbit.  "First days in space are always hard. All cosmonauts get motion sick,
no matter how hard they trained and how meticilous was their selection process. First hours in space very hard to work. Very high blood pressure. It seems that you are being hanged up-side-down. So you can't make sudden moves." - remembers Georgiy Grechko about his experience in space. Let's see and read some more:
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7 Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Old wooden churches are a part of Russian cultural legacy. Most of them are left only in Russian North, in such regions like Karelia, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Novgorod etc. They have a long history: most of ancient Russian buildings, till 18th century, were built exclusively from wood. All variety
of buildings were wooden: churches, houses, barns, and even palaces. Very little of those survived till these days due to nature of the material - it disappears very quickly. However Russia had some effort in preserving some of those. Let's see those disappearing beauties:
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6 Some nostalgic Russian Photos from the Days of Collapse of Communism

Some nostalgic Russian Photos from the Days of Collapse of Communism

This is a nice set of Russian late 1980s, early 1990s photos that will probably cause nostalgic feelings in many Russian people. They show the Russian country that was already almost free from Communism but that still didn't know exactly what to do next. Let' see them.
The first photo clearly shows that the streets have no foreign cars yet, people are simply dressed, but most men wear denim jackets which had already started to find their way from abroad and were also produced locally by the first legal workshops.
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1 Two trains collided in Russia tonight

Two trains collided in Russia tonight

Two trains have collided tonight near Moscow. Twenty-eight people were wounded. Luckily everyone is alive. It all happened around one o'clock in the morning.
Still not clear what caused this - neglect or terror activity or some other causes. Let's see some photos and videos from the accident scene:
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