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9 Air Defense Museum

Air Defense Museum

Not too far away from Moscow, in a pretty idyllic place lies a teeny village with a lovely name Zarja (Dawn). And here is
where the idyllic ends up. The village houses a Russian air forces museum, founded as far back as the USSR times.
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Museum of Long-Range Aviation
21 Museum of Long-Range Aviation

Museum of Long-Range Aviation

Dyagilevo is an air base in Ryazanskaya region, located 11 km to the west from Ryazan. There is the Distant Aviation Museum on the base where we will travel today. Let’s start our excursion
from TU-95, the soviet strategic missile bomber, one of the fastest planes that became a symbol of the Cold War. Russian Bear was made to attack anytime of a day, at any weather.
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Russian abandoned military object

20 Abandoned Military Object

Abandoned Military Object

Previously this was an object from the chain of military air defence stations. Then when USSR went down many objects went down too. Lack of funding, new military
doctrines and concepts, then international disarmament initiatives - all this lead to thousand of those being left to stay in condition like this.
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13 One Fake’s Story

One Fake’s Story

By a broken Soviet helicopter. Ashmar, province Khunar, 18 January, 1980. This photo with this cutline appeared in a well-known to many comrades famous Russian
Live Journal about two years ago. And it won’t be a kind of surprise if it appears again, because an anniversary date (30 years) is on the doorstep.
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Children of War
47 Children of War

Children of War

From time to time photos of child soldiers in Africa holding AK-47s or some other kind of weapon appear here and there provoking outrage and compassion from the Western public. But just a few decades ago, during World War II, there were often occasions of Russian kids fighting in the regular army against the Nazis. Generally speaking, children were not allowed to join the combat army—but many exceptions were made. Many kids tried to run away from their homes “to the War” but most such cases were eventually captured by military police and returned back to their homes.  While some did succeed in joining the army, it was often the case for these runaways to get lost in the
woods or shot along their journey. Also, from time to time, soldiers found children in the devastated and burnt down villages of the Soviet Union. While there was a directive for them to send such children to established orphanages, still sometimes such boys were simply incorporated into the active combat units.  Specially sized uniforms were tailored for them and they were entrusted with guns. Some of those boys joined the army at nine or eleven, and stayed with their regiment through all the war front, from Russia to Germany, until the war ended and they were discharged at fourteen or sixteen, often with medals of honor.
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Russian victory monument
27 New Technologies

New Technologies

As time passes by new technologies emerge, that's a natural outcome of humanity progress. In Ukraine they have new technologies at their service. Sometimes it's turns to be a bit too much as
some say. Here we have the monument to the Motherland erected in Cherkassy city shortly after the World War 2 ended to commemorate the memories of the dead in action heroes.
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Unwanted Atomiс Submarines

The village of Porchinikha was made by soldiers as a base for atomic submarines. It’s the most northern point of the Kola Peninsula on the Barents Sea shore with the road. There are mistakes in maps, soviet cartographers put this road on the map instead of a corvine path. Drive on the off-road? I wouldn’t be that sure. I found this place long time ago, when
discovered a world of geocashing in 2004. One of the virtual caches buried here as well. It's amazing but since 2003 (the date of the cache burying) no one took it, everyone puzzled: "Is it a foot or a water path?" Everyone saw satellite photos and couldn’t get how it is possible at all to get here without taking off the ground.
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Hundred year old Mark V tanks refurbished

43 The Refurbished Tanks

The Refurbished Tanks

Militarism can be a nice hobby to join together people after the work in such place like a railroad department repair factory. Now, instead of indulging in something after the job's done they can go instead and work on the refurbishing of a few Mark-V hundred year old tanks. Those tanks Russian army had during the World War I and then after the Russian army has split in two parts as a result of Communists takeover in 1917 some of the tanks were left
with the units opposing communists regime, but not for very long - the Red Army captured back the moving monsters and used them for a while. Then after World War 2 they were left rusting in some villages while some enthusiasts paid attention on those amazing pieces of early twentieth century engineering genius and decided to repair them and then install as an attraction on the city's street for general public view.
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Russian playwar

19 The Night Battle

The Night Battle

Ever wondered how do the battle looks like for real at night? I mean, not as seen by Hollywood movie but a real battle with real combat units, tanks and commanders? People say
that sometimes it is even more picturesque than in the movies, and here is the report from the Russian army playwar maneuveres that took place recently.
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Russian soldier in Afghanistan draws pictures

39 Ballpoint Afghanistan

Ballpoint Afghanistan

This Russian soldier, he was on a few wars, in Afghanistan in Tajikistan and then in Chechnya. He got in real battles and lost many of his friends in action, that's a true story true soldier.
Everywhere he went he took one thing with him that helped him to cope with all that. It was a simple ballpoint pen that he used to draw the most touching memories on the paper.
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