0 Vintage Photos of Semipalatinsk Town Near the Semipalatinsk Test Site

Vintage Photos of Semipalatinsk Town Near the Semipalatinsk Test Site

Yesterday we had a posting about a visit to Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. It got its name from Semipalatinsk, a town which was later renamed to Semey, probably so it wouldn't be
associated with the nuclear testing site anymore. Here are some vintage photos of the place, the photos are mostly from the times before the Revolution - so over 100 years ago.
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5 How Nuclear Weapons Tests Were Conducted in USSR: Trip To Semipalatinsk Test Site

How Nuclear Weapons Tests Were Conducted in USSR: Trip To Semipalatinsk Test Site

Aslan, a Russian blogger, has taken a trip to Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site where the Soviet Union was testing its nuclear weapons from 1949
to 1991. The photo above shows the so named "Nuclear Lake" which appeared as a result of an underground nuclear test explosion.
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2 Weird Photos from Russian Gas Stations

Weird Photos from Russian Gas Stations

A few photos of the times things didn't
go as expected at Russian gas stations.
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5 Funny photos from Russia New Part

Funny photos from Russia New Part

A new edition of "Only
in Russia" stuff.
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8 How Russian Oil Field on Artificial Islands Looks Like from Above

How Russian Oil Field on Artificial Islands Looks Like from Above

Those little islands are called "bushes". There are oil pumps placed on them. This is a Samotlor oil field near Nizhnevartovsk. The oil deposits
are on the bottom of the lake and swamp so there are many artificial islands made on which they drill the well and put an oil pump.
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3 Color Photos of 1907-1911 Altai Mountains of Russia

Color Photos of 1907-1911 Altai Mountains of Russia

The man, the photographer - Sergei Borisov, was born into a "slave" family. Until 1861, slavery was legal in Russia in the form of serfdom. He was forced to work since an early age, until later he was freed and moved away to Barnaul where he found his
passion in photography and opened his own photo studio. As time passed by, it became the biggest and most popular studio in town, so he had enough money to go on a trip to the Altai mountains and he brought back over 1500 photos from there.
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6 26,000 Different Weapons on Display at Army 2018 Russian Armaments Expo

26,000 Different Weapons on Display at Army 2018 Russian Armaments Expo

These days, near Moscow, there is an "ARMY-2018" expo show going on. It is the fourth time in a row that it has
been held here. Marina, the photographer, went there and took some unique photos from the closed show.
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5 Leningrad in 1924

Leningrad in 1924

Vintage photographs of St.Petersburg (it was called Leningrad at that time) in 1924, the year when Lenin
died. The pictures are in high resolution, you can click and browse them with arrows in a larger size.
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12 The Longest House in the World is from Ukraine: Over 3700 Meter Long

The Longest House in the World is from Ukraine: Over 3700 Meter Long

This is the longest house in ex-USSR, Europe and in the World too - at least that's what they
say in the records book. This is a residential complex in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk.
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4 Ambitious Inventions of Soviet Union

Ambitious Inventions of Soviet Union

During the Soviet era, scientists were all the time coming up with a lot of weird ideas, which though weird, baffled everyone with their functionality. Some of those went into series production,
some, sadly, were never produced en masse. Some of the ambitious things can probably surprise even modern day people. Here are some of those, starting with a legendary Soviet snowmobile.
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