1 Belarus Parade

Belarus Parade

In Belarus they also have parades. Pavel, photographer, has visited the event to see the army of this country on parade. "This is murder!", says Pavel, "a murder of the pavement of our city! Yes, we have a glorious past but why should
we destroy roads paved with our tax money with those tanks?" Looks like this what people think about their parade. At least Pavel does. But here are some photos he took, so what does the Belarus army have in store? 

8 WW2 Plane Saved and Restored from the Bottom of Lake

WW2 Plane Saved and Restored from the Bottom of Lake

Remember how we showed you a WW2 tank that they pulled out of the river? Yes, that was their fifty-fifth operation of pulling large WW2 machinery from the bottom of Russian rivers and lakes. However this is something different - this time another group of enthusiasts have pulled a real WW2 plane out of the lake and fully repaired it so that the plane that you can see in the air in the picture above is a real WW2 plane they recovered. The group of people went to the no man's land in distant parts
of Russia and pulled the old war plane from the bottom of a lake which didn't belong to anybody, then restored it investing some of their resources, and ultimately got a free plane! See how those Red star wings looked when they were freshly recovered from the lake mud. I find it interesting how they pull them out -  they put car tires on the wings and around the body of the plane, then inflate them so that the plane rises up from the bottom. See it here:

4 Russian Tsar Declaring the War

Russian Tsar Declaring the War

A crowd of people has gathered on the Dvortsovaia (Palace) square in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian Tsar Nikolai II comes to the balcony in person to read the declaration of War. The Russian empire declares the war on Germany. The crowd meet the decision of entering into a war with patriotic joy and enthusiasm. Some people hold banners: "Slavic people unite!", "Let Serbia
Live!", "It is a Slavic Hour now!", "All for one and one for all!", "For Motherland!". See how it was with these wide screen documentary photos of the event that took place in the capital of Russia on August the 2nd, 1914. Three years before the emperor read another declaration of Abdication - causing Imperial Russia to cease to exist in 1917.
3 Cross Section of a Submarine

Cross Section of a Submarine

This is an example of what a cross-section of a submarine looks like. If you go inside this post and click on the picture
you'll be able to see a 1,600 pixel wide version of this image to get a better idea how it looks.  

9 New Age Russian Soldier Equip

New Age Russian Soldier Equip

Russian blogger and editor of a Defense magazine, Igor K., has posted a few photos from the Paris exhibition where they presented the new Russian uniform equipment packages. These are not just uniforms, but are
also the base weapons, base gadgets and link systems, etc. He didn't leave a comment on what does what but we can still take a look at what should be the base equipment of a new age Russian soldier.

2 Sneaking to the Unknown Ekranoplan

Sneaking to the Unknown Ekranoplan

We've mentioned a few Ekranoplans on ER before. And frankly, I thought most of those vehicles that were built to fly very low above the surface of the Earth were discontinued and abandoned. However, it seems that there
are a few, or at least one, that can be met deep in the warehouses of large factories that have never surfaced and never had a flight. Here is one of them - the Ekranoplan "Spasatel" or "The Rescuer".
8 Getting a WW2 Tank from the Bottom of a River

Getting a WW2 Tank from the Bottom of a River

  If digging in the soil in the Western part of Russia can yield you Nazi memorabilia, coins or even guns and heavy machine guns, trawling the lake or river bottoms (there are thousands of lakes and rivers around, by the way) can yield you something
more serious - WW2 tanks and planes for example. Here's an example of the rescue operation of a WW2 era battle tank being raised from the local river by enthusiasts, sponsored by the video game company that makes games about the tanks.

4 Central Museum of Armed Forces

Central Museum of Armed Forces

The first exposition which showed the military condition of the Soviet Republic and the Red Army was organised in Moscow in the building of today's State Universal Store, and was opened by Vladimir Lenin on the 25 May 1919, following a parade in Red Square. On 23 December 1919 an order was issued for the formation of a museum-exposition "Life of the Red Army and Fleet" in the same location, whose purpose was to inform the public about the achievements of the
post-October Revolution Soviet Russia in military education, culture and political discipline in the Red Army and Navy. In 1951 the museum was renamed the Central Museum of the Soviet Army and in 1965 moved to its present location in a new, special building designed by architects N. Gaygarova and V. Barkhin. It was renamed once again, to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of the USSR; it was given its present name in 1993.

10 Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The collapse of Russia’s arms industry in the 1990s really hurt the SU-34′s development, but it has recovered. A development journey that began with the aircraft’s maiden flight in 1990, as the T10V/SU-27IB, ended in 2010 with deliveries and fielding under a 5-year production contract, followed by a 2012 full rate production order. RIA Novosti put the plane’s mission simply: “The Su-34 is meant to deliver a
sufficiently large ordnance load to a predetermined area, hit the target accurately and take evasive action against pursuing enemy planes.” Other reports have gone further, stating that the plane is also meant to be able to handle enemy fighters in aerial combat. Given its base platform characteristics, it would likely match up well in the air against many of America’s “teen series” aircraft.

14 Russian Army in Serbia, 1999

Russian Army in Serbia, 1999

Exactly 15 years ago, the Russian army with around two hundred soldiers, marched over 600km across Serbia and entered Pristina, Kosovo to occupy the nearby airport "Slatina". They say this was the only airport around that was capable of receiving the heavy transport planes and NATO wanted to take control of it. However, Russian
commanders were said to be unhappy that most of the decisions in Kosovo and Serbia at time were made without consulting with them. They decided to bypass NATO and occupy a part of Kosovo by themselves, blocking NATO forces from using the vital airport and in this way control all the nearby region all by themselves.