17 Russian Mi-8 helicopter production pictures

Russian Mi-8 helicopter production pictures

Russian blogger Zzhitel went to the once top secret military facility where legendary Soviet and now Russian MI-8 helicopters are produced. It is one of the most widely used helicopters in the world. Over 100 countries have them. This
factory is 75 years old already. They do it all here - start with a project and then make final product - full production cycle.  Also later provide service for the machines. Thanks to Zzhitel we can see it from inside!
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6 Russian Guy Makes Steam Engine Powered Bicycle

Russian Guy Makes Steam Engine Powered Bicycle

Actually, what he makes is a tricycle as it has got three wheels. But never the less it is a light framed vehicle which we usually think to be a modification of a bike. The most important thing in this thing is its steam engine. Yes, it runs on energy of burning coal or wood and
boiling water. Oil crisis? High electric power costs? Total collapse of the grid? No worries, just go get some dry firewood from the nearest forest and you are good to go at pretty awesome high speeds. They definetly should put this thing into the next Mad Max movie!

66 Russian Police Destroys Biggest Gypsy Village in Russia

Russian Police Destroys Biggest Gypsy Village in Russia

Despite mass protests the police were not going to back off. They got an order to destroy the village. The Gypsy population
tried to used their most valued religious artifacts to stop the police but it didn't help. See the photos here.
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16 Alisa is a Russian mechanic who is fond of Youtube tutorials

Alisa is a Russian mechanic who is fond of Youtube tutorials

Alisa has an untypical hobby for a Russian girl: she is a self-taught car mechanic. She is fond of watching tons of YouTube tutorials on car repair topics. Then she goes
to her garage and tries it all on real life cars, taking photos and posts in her blog devoted to car repairs which has already become popular among.. men.
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2 White Brick Moscow Before the Great Fire

White Brick Moscow Before the Great Fire

As we know, the Russian capital, Moscow, was destroyed by fire in the early 19th century. Napoleon raided the city and also burned it. So basically the city we know now is different from what it was more than 200 years ago. Most of the
buildings were made out of "white stone", including the Kremlin. Of course there are no photos of this time, but there are plenty of vintage engraved pictures of those times which we have here for your viewing pleasure.
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1 Cars Protected from Hail Storm in Stavropol Russia

Cars Protected from Hail Storm in Stavropol Russia

People of Stavropol, Russia have got a hail storm recently. Many car owners got their cars damaged. Lesson was learned. Now, another storm is forecasted and in
anticipation of ice pieces falling from skies the motorists take the precaution measures in advance. Some of those are pretty hilarious, take a look:
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12 Day of Republic in Donetsk

Day of Republic in Donetsk

A few days ago on May 11, there was so called "Day of
Republic" in Donetsk. Please take a look at the photos.
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9 Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian blogger and photographer Marina was wondering on Yuri Gagarin's helmet  - why on some photos it has CCCP (USSR) sign on it and some photos show just white helmet with no letters
or whatsoever. Was the sign was "photoshopped" later? Were the photos doctored by Russian mass media? She went to the museum to find out the truth and this is what she got!
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16 German Reichstag Building Before and After

German Reichstag Building Before and After

German Reichstag building was one of the central targets for the Red Army to capture due to its perceived symbolic significance. Today, visitors to the building can still see Soviet graffiti on smoky walls inside as well as on part of the roof, which was preserved
during the reconstructions after reunification. Yevgeny Khaldei took the famous picture, Raising a flag over the Reichstag, on 2 May 1945. The picture symbolizes the victory of USSR over Germany. Now let's see how it looked before and after May 1945.
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2 Russian Saint George Order Heroes in Soviet Army

Russian Saint George Order Heroes in Soviet Army

Saint George's Order Cross was a top reward in Tsarist Russia, or Russian Empire. It was awarded "to the bravest and those who expressed outstanding courage". When Tsar was dethrowned the award was abolished. In Soviet Army new set of awards was established including the Red Star Order and many more. However there were plenty of Old Tsar
Heroes who didn't leave Russia after the Revolution and joined the new Soviet Red Army. They were not shy displaying their previous government awards as they earned them with their bravery and courage. And here is a set of Russian soldiers awarded with St. George Cross fighting for the Red Army, mostly during WW2.
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