7 Do Not Litter, Not

Do Not Litter, Not

Sergey has travelled through Siberia and has been puzzled by where so much trash is coming from. "There are much fewer villages around than
in the European part of Russia. People are pretty much not rich, so how do they produce so much trash??", writes the blogger.  

8 Another Hailstorm

Another Hailstorm

Another hailstorm abruptly started in the Altai region a day ago. Hundreds of cars and buildings suffered, even the walls of buildings got holes, as the hailstorm was accompanied by stormy weather with high wind speeds. Here we have almost fifty photos of
the hailstorm's aftermath and the posts from the discussions boards. Here is one: "Those are Americans testing meteorological weapons. Soon you'll see this in Moscow. Every day." - said one person. See more photos and comments inside:

3 Trip Round the Baikal Lake

Trip Round the Baikal Lake

Lake Baikal is the biggest lake in the world by volume, and there are recreational train trips going around it. Some prefer to go around by foot, it said to take 3 to 5 days to complete the picturesque route, but some, like Evgeny prefer to take a train ride. It's a much faster and easier way to enjoy all the landmarks around the Lake and you can get everything done in a day. They
deliberately make several stops so people can walk around and enjoy the scenery, the local meals being cooked by the babushkas, etc. The trip is called a roundtrip on purpose - the route makes a circle around the lake (or something more like a stretched oval around it). So the first stop is the last stop. Let's follow Evgeny and see some things he has seen and photographed:

4 Moscow Great Hurricane of 1904

Moscow Great Hurricane of 1904

Some say hurricanes or tornadoes are not possible in the center of Russia, in Moscow city. However in 1904 there was an event that shocked most of the people who saw it. The giant pillar of swirling air dropped on the suburbs of Moscow and swept through what was mainly the suburbs of Moscow at time. Tens or hundreds of houses
were demolished, and train cars and carriages were thrown around. All of this was preceded by a hail storm with hail the size of goose eggs. The photo above might be the only photo of the actual hurricane pillar, however inside there are plenty of more photos of this natural event and its aftermath.

10 Living on the Atomic Icebreaker

Living on the Atomic Icebreaker

What is it like to live on such a ship? Is it like living on a luxury cruise liner or is it more like staying in the cabin of a truck? We can find this out thanks to Sergei, who continues posting
his photos from the trip he took on this large ship of the Russian fleet. You might be surprised but there is even a room on this ship where the crew members can play volleyball!

10 Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

In Russia, some people say the city of Karabash is the blackest point on the planet. As Dmitrij, the photographer writes: "Karabash is Southern Uralian Mars. It has all the signs of an extraterrestrial place - dead soil, covered with cracks, a river with its reddish-yellow waters with no signs of life and black artificial mountains." Then he
explains that the reason for all this is a large copper molding factory which has poisoned the local nature for years. He says that in the 1990s the city was called the most polluted city on Earth and acknowledged as a real catastrophic site. Here are a few photos of the place taken by Dmitrij with his flying drone:

1 Russian Harvest of Watermelons

Russian Harvest of Watermelons

Not all of the watermelons in Russia are imported from Mexico. In fact, I doubt that any of them are from Mexico at all, most come from the Southern ex-Soviet states, some from Turkey and Israel, and Spain is a large exporter of fruit to Russia as well. However, there is a traditional source of Russian made watermelons as well. The Astrakhan region of Russia was known for its watermelon harvest well before Communism, serving the old Russia with this fruit in summer. Then through
the USSR era, when the import of watermelons was not very popular, Astrakhan together with Southern republics served big red berries to the tables of the Soviet working class. Now the tradition is still being observed, and sometimes preference is given for the "local" Russian or Astrakhanian watermelons over the "imported" fruit. Last week they officially started harvesting them. Here are a few shots of how its being done made by Yevgeny P.
4 Russian Closed City Znamensk

Russian Closed City Znamensk

According to statistics, every 115th person in Russia is living in a closed city. A person needs to have a special pass to get into such a city. Now, the country has 44 such cities, and their combined population is over 1.2 million people. Russian blogger and businessman Sergey has visited one of them and this is what he shares with us: Two weeks before the expedition, we passed our passports for approval to visit Znamensk. 20 000 people live there and work at the
military range, Kapustin Yar. The city is surrounded by several rings of checkpoints. Previously, closed cities were classified and all residents had to sign a statement not to disclose their place of residence. In case of travel, such a person was supposed to respond to questions with the typical stories: for example, if a person lived in Znamensk, he supposed to say that he is from the nearby towns - Ahtubinsk or Volgograd.

3 Abandoned Luxury Cottages

Abandoned Luxury Cottages

In Moscow and near to the city, plots of land cost a lot compared with most of the rest of Russia. However, even there you can find abandoned luxury houses, like those which were discovered by blogger Boris. He says that these houses were built by
a contractor who failed to get all necessary permits and they are built in a forest that has a national park status, very close to the most luxurious part of Moscow's suburbs - Rublevka.   Let's see what they've got there.

3 Bears on Russian Streets

Bears on Russian Streets

For years "Bears on Russian Streets" seemed to be a myth that people who thought that Russia was a wild place to go were telling each other. However, through the years a collection of photos surfaced from different Russian cities, villages and other places showing that there are still some occasions where people can meet bears on the streets. It
probably happens much more often than a statistical probability or than it happens in some other parts of the world. So here we go with almost sixty photos of bears on Russian streets. Bears on leashes, bears sitting on the park benches, swimming with bears, even bears trying to make love with a real pig - all those are inside.

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