Spacesuits for Russian cosmonauts are being produced at the factory "Star". The "Star" started operations in 1952, but at that time the factory did not have a name - it was called factory "№ 918" and was one of the most secret factories
of the Ministry of Aviation Industry of the USSR. Now the "Star" produces high altitude equipment for pilots - suits, helmets, oxygen masks, fire suppression systems, ejection seats, parachutes and inflatable slides.
Today, the Exclusion zone is a superficial open radioactive source. Within radioactively contaminated territories, a series of works were carried out to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and radionuclides outside the
exclusion zone, to the main reservoirs of Ukraine (Kiev reservoir, the Dnieper river, etc.) The Ukrainian part of the exclusion zone, and the zone of obligatory resettlement, has an area at about 2598 km2.
Vladimir Vorobjev is another Soviet photographer which didn't become famous during his lifetime. His granddaughter spent her time together with another man going through his archives and after that the photos were published in a Russian magazine. He was especially active in the 1980s, so these photos here mainly reflect USSR at
that time. As the magazine quotes the photographer: "The most value for a photographer is to make social photography. Every day things, routines, life - what can be more important than that? And the best criteria to distinguish good social photography is its truthfulness." So here we have the photos.
On Paskha (Russian for Easter) some homes used to serve round cakes with sugary decorative toppings which they call Kulich. According to Wikipedia, those kuliches were a tradition of pre Christian slavic people of Russia, which was sort of ritual bread to celebrate a few important occasions during the year, like the New Year or early spring or in autumn for harvest holiday. Later
however, it got a Russian Orthodox church meaning and now it's sort of connected with Russian Christianity. There are factories specializing in these sorts of cakes closer to Easter, and priests sometimes come to the factory to give their "blessings". The cakes used to be decorated on top, and some of them are decorated by hand using brushes and edible paints:
The complex "Saturn- MS" was put into operation in July 1966 . A radio transmitter, "Saturn -MS " has been designed to operate in the UHF band by transmitting via the F-200P antenna with a mirror diameter of 25 m and receiving via a KTNA-200 with a mirror diameter of 25 m. These antennas are used for management of lunar and interplanetary space stations . To control low-flying objects, including manned objects, they used a two-way F-30C radio
antenna with a mirror diameter of 8 m. The radio link allows you to perform trajectory measurements, measure a range, measure radial velocity, and measure the difference between the radial velocity and angular positions. Also it transfers commands and program information and receives telemetric information by photo television images and proof of passing commands to produce a reconciliation of board time to surface.
We've had car on the Baikal lake ice already here. This is something alike, but different. This is the same place, but at night with some artificial illumination planted beneath the ice. I don't recall seeing something
like this before. So here is the story, told by the authors: "We didn't know if we would be able to illuminate the car thru the one meter (3 feet) thick ice. However we decided to give it a try..."
Today in Gorlovka, Ukraine, close to Donetsk city, people have stormed a police office. It is being reported that a few hundred people participated, mostly dressed in sportswear and wearing masks on their faces. They
threatened policemen with death if they don't surrender, a Russian news website reports. After they got into the building, a few policemen were beaten and a British journalist, Paxton, got his camera seized.
"Krasukha - 4" is another weapon of the Russian army. However this weapon doesn't shoot projectiles. Its sole purpose is to generate interference to jam other signals. As the Russian article on it says, it "makes missiles and planes of others blind and deaf literary". I am not sure how literal this is but what I get from it
is that it is a recently released top secret vehicle, with jamming equipment with a range of up to 300 km, that can jam electronics of the enemy planes, and even as they say, satellites. They also say that "if our Krasukha-4 is active we are sure with 99% possibility that enemy will miss our planes."