9 Abandoned  City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

Abandoned City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

A Pyramida  (Pyramid)  Village is a Russian town that has stayed untouched since 1990s when it was abandoned shortly after the collapse of the USSR. The difference between this particular Soviet town and many other abandoned sites we've seen is its location. It's not in Russia. Yes, it is based on a Norwegian island Svalbard or Spitzbergen as its called in Dutch and in Russia. In Soviet times
Russians have a right to use this part of the island and even had couple of towns there. But now it is all abandoned and has not beem destroyed or rampaged by looters as its too far away from Russia and permafrost preserves things well. Let's see what's there.   Thanks to prominent Russian blogger and traveler Sergey D. we can now dip into some well preserved Russian past:
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4 Russian Crimea in 1974-1976

Russian Crimea in 1974-1976

For all those who enjoy seeing old nostalgic photos of the Soviet era, these are really cool
colored photos of people living their lives in resort area of Russian Crimea. Really atmospheric!
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9 Inside Russia’s Most Powerful Nuclear Power Plant

Inside Russia’s Most Powerful Nuclear Power Plant

Balakovo Russian Nuclear Power Plant is the most powerful and largest Russian nuclear plant. Over 30 Billion kW/h of electricity being produced here each year which is 1/5 of total Russian electric
power output! However in the world it's only the 51st largest. Anyway the place is magnificent and thanks to awesome Russian blogger Slava has visited it and made awesome photos:
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0 Day on the Russian Strategic Airbase DOMNA

Day on the Russian Strategic Airbase DOMNA

Thanks to awesome Russian blogger calling himself su_30m, we are able to see what is supposed to be top secret, especially back in Soviet era - day on the strategic Russian Far Eastern airbase Domna. It covers a 2000 km long area of Russian Far East and before it was practically impossible to see what they are up to. It was even more top secret before,
because this airbase is equipped with the new Russian Sukhoi jets - the SU-30SM You would see the day-to-day routines of the pilots being on real alert and also you can appreciate beauty of sunset flights and various things about life there, the planes, the people. Log in to your English Russia account and see all pictures on ONE PAGE!
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2 Russian Empire in the Late 19th Century

Russian Empire in the Late 19th Century

If you, as many others here, like to see awesome old photos of the pre-communist Russian Empire in full color and of a large size, then you probably would be glad to know that a new series of photographs of  Russia has
been released by the Russian State Archive of Photo and Cinematic Documents. This depicts the Russian Empire on the verge of entering the 20th century, in full color and really huge posting for you to enjoy!
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2 Russian Cosmonauts Training Center

Russian Cosmonauts Training Center

Thanks to the Russian blogger Evgeny, we are now about to see an awesome place - a Russian center where cosmonauts were trained to go into space. Evgeny says he was completely baffled how our ancestors were designing and creating all of these complex things without computers, printers and the Internet. Inside this posting you will see
some things that you have probably never seen or would not have a chance to see - a real copy of the Soviet Space Station MIR or a copy of the Russian modules of the ISS, you will learn what happens to a cosmonaut if he lands in America but has no American visa and much more cool stuff. Let's see what's inside!
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7 Meanwhile in Donetsk

Meanwhile in Donetsk

The Ukrainian mass media has published these photos of people, who are supposedly combatants in Donetsk and
Lughansk, spending some spare time in a botanical exploration of what the local nature can offer farmers.
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5 Russian Self Driving Truck KAMAZ

Russian Self Driving Truck KAMAZ

While the whole world engages in self-driving car mania - with Google self driving cars cruising the streets of San Francisco, Apple self driving cars are rumored to appear in the year 2017 and Audi sport cars go driverless
around a track at high speeds, Russia also has something to offer to the self-driving car business: self driving military KAMAZ trucks made their debut last week. There are pictures and a video inside:
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5 An Abandoned Orbita

An Abandoned Orbita

Another installation remains abandoned in Chukotka - a Russian region close to Alaska - an abandoned complex called "Orbita" or "An Orbit". It was pretty well preserved and locked for years but now it's all totally open and anyone can walk in. Of course anyone is a pretty big word for the Chukotka region, so desolate and far away that
even with all of the doors open, this place has probably not been visited at all. It takes a few days to get here from Moscow, changing planes a few times and then travelling by trucks or helicopters. A blogger who calls himself Zhzhitel went there and now we can see what's going on there. Let's see what's inside!
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4 Russian Porcini Hunt

Russian Porcini Hunt

It's fall and in Russia its time to hunt mushrooms. Russian villagers call mushrooms "free pork" - implying that mushrooms have as much protein as meat and also tastes good if prepared
correctly. The king of the Russian mushroom hunt is Beliy Grib or "White Mushroom" known as Porcini, or sometimes bolete, to the Western World. Here it is, in the pic above.
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