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53 Russian Paratroopers Day

Russian Paratroopers Day

On August 2, 1930 near Voronezh a parachute subdivision of 12 men landed in the fields and  this started a new tradition of the Soviet and then Russian army. This date is the professional holiday of paratroopers and is celebrated for
already 79 years. Over this period landing troops took part in all armed conflicts of the former USSR. Nowadays these troops are believed to be the elite of the army. The motto of the Blue berets “Nobody but us”.
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34 Russian Folklore. Spirits. Domovoi (+video)

Russian Folklore. Spirits. Domovoi (+video)

Russians believed that the world is full of spirits which live next to people, but can be very rarely seen by them. Usually, they were malicious creatures, but still they could help human beings and even protect them in dramatic situations. The spirits inhabited forests, lakes,
fields and even houses, and if a person didn’t show respect or didn’t gain their favor by giving some things, they could get really angry, destroy the dwelling, kill the cattle or even murder him or her. Let’s have a look at the list of Russian evil spirits. 
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Russian girl crashed into store

26 Visit to a Drugstore

Visit to a Drugstore

She went shopping to the
local drugstore.
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Russian jets without canopy

70 Russian   Jet Cabrio Flight [updated]

Russian Jet Cabrio Flight [updated]

Those photos are real and were made during the filming of the Russian movie involving jet fighter stunts. In one episode they had to film the jet without a canopy, so rather to film it on the ground they decided to hire a high-class pilot to make a real flight without that glass thing. He had to take off a few times on such plane in order to film enough material to be included in the final footage. "The maximum speed I achieved on the jet plane without a canopy glass was around two times greater than speed of sound. While on this speed I even managed to pull out my fingers in glove for an inch or two outside - it became heated very fast because of immense friction force plane undergoes
with the air.", writes the pilot. "Usually such tests were conducted in winter time, so it was deadly cold without a canopy and I was pretty glad when this heating began, counting minutes before the plane would reach enough speed/velocity so that the air around becomes hot enough. But it wasn't the main problem for me. In my personal rating of the dangers connected with such tests one of the most bad sides was the extreme roar. Because of this extreme roaring you couldn't hear the radio so you were flying in deaf mode, you were afraid to pull throttle harder just because going faster was meaning going louder.", he continues.
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Russian Mercedes Tuning

28 Brand New Mercedes, Not

Brand New Mercedes, Not

Before After When one has an old W124 Mercedes he can just live with this or he can't. If he can't he can build his very own new model of the car to shock the neighbors and friends, like
this guy from Rostov on Don Russian city. Such kind of tuning looks bit like the Middle Eastern modifications, I wonder if the doors are being opened in Lambo style.
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5 The top KGB operatives

The top KGB operatives

David Szalay’s book The Innocent is published next month by Jonathan Cape. Here’s his list of the Top 10 KBG operatives, as posted over on The Times’ Comment Central blog… Vyacheslav Konstantinovich von Plehve Vyacheslav Konstantinovich was head of the Okhrana, the Tsars'
state security outfit, from 1881 to 1904. Solzhenitsyn ironically mocks his soft-heartedness, his squeamishness about 'perlustration' (the ungentlemanly practice of opening other people's mail) and the pitifully small number of people he sent to Siberia.
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Russian passport

19 Identify Yourself

Identify Yourself

Here are two weird passport
photo stories.
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Russian Harry Potter party

24 The Unknown Harry Potter Stories from Russia

The Unknown Harry Potter Stories from Russia

In Russia Harry Potter is popular too, in fact it was way too popular so some book publishing companies came up with their Harry Potter clones, trying to make it sound close to original even in naming the characters, so the most two popular ones were (and still are) the Porry Gatter with its first book "Porry Gatter and the Stoned Philosopher" - you can see it's cover above, and the girlish series "Tanya Grotter" - like if Harry Potter was a
girl (on the photo below). Each series got a few sequels and got appreciated greatly by the readers. Then in order not to miss the buzz the Russian computer game producers came up with video games devoted to the stoned professor and Tanya Grotter, the first one was called "Tany Grotter and the Disappearing Floor" - for sure that disappearing floor was an evil trick of the Stoned Professor.
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31 Communal Apartments in Russia

Communal Apartments in Russia

First communal apartments, where several families live together, appeared in Russia back in the 18th century, when the landlords divided their apartments into several parts and rented them out. Such apartments had five or six rooms and a kitchen,
where all tenants cooked their food. To solve the housing problems after the October revolution the authorities allowed requisitioning of rich people’s living space for new tenants, mainly communists, soldiers and security officers.
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17 Nicolay Aldunin’s Miniatures

Nicolay Aldunin’s Miniatures

A super-master of miniatures Nikolay Aldunin is going to have a museum of his works in Moscow. He was born in Tula, but after becoming popular all over the country and abroad for his fabulous works, he moved to the capital and continued creating his tiny things there. He managed to
shoe a flea, carved portraits of Russian authors on rice grains and constructed a microscopic miniature of the Eiffel Tower, and lots of other awesome things, which seem to be just impossible to make without special hi-tech equipment. But he can do that!
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