2 Zhostovo Trays Traditional Russian Craft

Zhostovo Trays Traditional Russian Craft

Zhostovo is a village in Russia which is famous for its traditional painting style. It originated there in midst 19th century. The main item they traditionally use as a target for their skill application are
the metal trays first coated with a few layers of putty and then painted by Zhostovo technique and lacquered. If you like to see more of those as well how they are being produced welcome inside:
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4 Abandoned Milk Factory in Novocherkask, Russia

Abandoned Milk Factory in Novocherkask, Russia

I am not sure, but as far as I recall despite lots of abandoned places posted on this blog, we didn't feature any milk factories. In Soviet Russia milk factory was basically called a place which under the order of the Soviet State was producing different sort of milk products all under the same brand. Those could include a few types of milk of different fat contents, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream, ice cream, kefir and other
products made out of cultured milk. Surprisingly, those didn't produce any yogurt, and most of Soviet people didn't try yogurts in their life, until the USSR collapsed. Now this team of urban explorers lead by Vasili has travelled to one of those which lays abandoned from presently recent age - in 2012 he says it was totally closed, so this site he visited has both Soviet and Russian features inside:
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20 Soviet Top Secret Nuclear Airplane M-60M

Soviet Top Secret Nuclear Airplane M-60M

In 1950s the idea of creating the nuclear airplane, the long range strategic bomber powered on the power of atom was considered as a necessity by Soviet generals. At that time there was already built first Russian atomic ice breaker with its independent nuclear reactor on board.
So the plane seemed to be pretty real. To give you a little spoiler on this post - yes, they finally was to able to build a working plane with a nuclear reactor on board which was powering it during the flight. Interested? Let's see how it all looked like:
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1 Photos of Younger Boris Yeltsin

Photos of Younger Boris Yeltsin

Some photos of the first Russian president has surfaced recently from some private archives of him bit younger than we used him all to know. As young as a schoolboy and then making his way upwards - first a communist authority of the Yekaterinburg (or
Sverdlovsk at time) region and later on a federal level. For example the first photo here is Boris Yeltsin with some of his student mate both eating buckwheat porridge or Kasha. If you like to see more of those - welcome inside of this posting:
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20 First McDonalds in Soviet Union: Biggest Launch Event in the World

First McDonalds in Soviet Union: Biggest Launch Event in the World

  On this day, but twenty five years earlier, on January 30th of 1990 the first McDonalds eatery opened in Moscow. It was also the first one in the whole country - in the Soviet Union. They say they were holding talks with Soviet officials about opening this venture for over 20 years - since 1976. Also, they offered 51% ownership of the venture to the Soviet state. Then, on the first
day, they were expecting 1,000 people to come to the new place. How many people actually came to taste American food? 30,000 people arrived on the first day, making it the largest restaurant launch worldwide, ever. Thanks to Russian blogger Sergey we've got over 30 photos from this event, where the line of people was a few miles long! Let's see inside:
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0 Pet Penguin in Krasnoyarsk Park

Pet Penguin in Krasnoyarsk Park

A few month ago a real penguin hatched in one of the parks in Krasnoyarsk city. He has his own open top cage and attracts lots of visitors from the city who come to see a real penguin in the city park. They
feed him with real fish and wait while the two black spots on his chest grow bigger - they say this indicates that he is ready to swim in the pool. Inside we have more photos and a video:
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10 The Oldest Russian Surgeon: 87 and Still Operating

The Oldest Russian Surgeon: 87 and Still Operating

The Russian newspaper, Kommersant, has published an interesting set of photos by Ilya Pitalev about the oldest Russian surgeon. The woman, Alla, is
already 87 years old but still works as a surgeon in the hospital. Want to read more about this granny the surgeon and her story - read on:
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5 Vintage Photos of Russian Railroad Workshops

Vintage Photos of Russian Railroad Workshops

Here and now old photos surface from more than 100 years ago of pre-communist Russia and its often pretty interesting to browse thru this collections to get that feel of a slow moving life just before much of the previous life was
destroyed in October 1917. Here is another one from back in 1912, a Ribinsk railroad workshops - that's a city close to Moscow. If you are into this type of stuff then welcome inside for wide-screen cool vintage photos:
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0 Russian Army Mobile Laundry

Russian Army Mobile Laundry

Denis, the blogger has visited a some sort of military exhibition and among all other stuff he saw the mobile laundry which Army and some police forces are now
starting using in Russia. So the soldiers don't have to walk in dirty cloths and can get a nice shoe shine at any time. Let's see what's inside:
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4 St. Petersburg then and Now Compared

St. Petersburg then and Now Compared

If you ever wanted to know how one of the most nice looking Russian cities looked before and is looking now compared, then this post comes to fulfill your dream - photos of
the city juxtaposed one against another let you know how it looked like and what has changed. Tell me which version do you prefer this or that? Now or then?
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