8 Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

Soviet Ad of Leningrad Hotel Astoria

1970s, Soviet Union, St. Petersburg, Hotel "Astoria". A piece of seductive Western world in the coldest big city in the world. And this was a special
"only for VIP and foreigners" advertisement to attract them into this forbidden world in Soviet country. Just a few photos to feel the times.
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16 Biggest in the World Open-Pit Coal Mine and its Giant Machinery

Biggest in the World Open-Pit Coal Mine and its Giant Machinery

Do you see a bus on this picture? Look closer, it's near that giant machine which they call "buck wheel excavator". Wikipedia says its main purpose is: "to act as a continuous digging machine in large-scale open pit mining operations". What can be more larger scale than the biggest
world open pit coal mine in Kazakhstan built in Soviet times as the biggest Soviet open pit coal mine? Russian photographer Alexander Popov has traveled there and took this awesome pics and story so we now can take a look to!  So let's see those in detail:
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14 Surviving Town Karl Libnecht

Surviving Town Karl Libnecht

Russian blogger Sergey has visited this town called "Karl Libnecht" in Kursk region of Russia - the place where one of the most intense tank battles of World War 2 took place and brought the story from there. Here what he says: "Before this was a happy place. People were working, on weekends people were taking a rest and walking around,
children were smiling. Now on the streets of Karl Libnecht you'll rarely see good smile. Before there were two giant factories here - the machine building plant and sugar factory. Those were economic giants of federal level. But now this is how the machine building factory looks like (above on the photo)". Let's read on!
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4 Abandoned Factory of Epichlorohydrin

Abandoned Factory of Epichlorohydrin

Russian blogger Armahema has travelled to some place which we don't know much about. Again as in his previous travels (like this and this or this) Armahema has explored the place but left not much clue on where exactly is this located and what is the status of the structure. He is known for
getting to the places that are still very well guarded and not easy to sneak in, so he doesn't like to share much of information or personal detail. However we know that this is a chemical facility that used to produce substance called Epichlorohydrin. So lets see:
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5 Snowmen of Tatarstan Children

Snowmen of Tatarstan Children

The truck you see above is not a real truck, but actually a "snowman" - it was created from the snow in Tatarstan to make the kids happy. Together with this truck you can see there is a tank on the background, also
painted a military dark green tone. This winter, the children of Tatarstan, Russia, are having their Christmas themed this way. The next one is a 10 feet (3 meter) tall Stalin, also painted. See inside:
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12 Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers

Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers

In Soviet Russia there was a magazine called "Technica Molodezh" which is translated as something like "Technology of the Youth". And sometimes this magazine's cover featured the vehicles that would possibly
be roaming our Earth in the near future. Some of them are pretty interesting, and basically all were wrong in predicting how the technology would look now, but still we can browse them here:
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3 Soviet Sochi in 1980s

Soviet Sochi in 1980s

Sochi was a summer destination for millions of Soviets in the 1980s. They didn't have the right to travel abroad so the only way to stay in the comfort of hot sun and salty water were the Black
Sea cities, and Sochi was considered be a crown jewel amongst them. "If I was rich I would live in Sochi" was a famous Russian proverb. So here is how it looked at that time:
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11 New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

If in New York there is a crowd in Times Square during the New Year countdown then in Moscow it's Red Square where people flock to. Alexander, the blogger, decided to go there too and take some photos so we all now can see
what's going on in Red Square on the night when the date and year changes. Some comments he heard there were pretty racist, some people were very angry, looking inside this posting you'll understand why!
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4 Meanwhile in Donetsk

Meanwhile in Donetsk

  Meanwhile in Donetsk people celebrate New Year too... Break dance and rapping with guns
and Christmas tree, infants crying and young women giggling. All this is in this video.

5 Soviet New Year Pics from the Soviet Magazine

Soviet New Year Pics from the Soviet Magazine

Soviet magazine "Ogonyok" or "little fire" was pretty much the "Times" of the Soviet epoch and featured some of the best Soviet photography
of the time. So here are a few photos from the "Ogonyok" archives showing Soviet people either preparing or celebrating New Year.
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