30 The Best Ground-Based Air Defense System in the World

The Best Ground-Based Air Defense System in the World

    An air defense brigade based near Moscow has the new generation of anti aircraft missiles the S-400 "Triumph" or SA-21 Growler as NATO calls them.  Those are still cannot be bought by foreign countries and are used for Russian defense only, however there was an information that China got an approval for getting some of those. But only after 2016 when Russian army is planned to get its stock of the missiles. As wikipedia
says those air defense missiles are unbeaten by any of the air defense systems in the world and is much more effective than American "Patriot" system. All the systems including this one are almost brand new as the first complexes were shipped only in 2007. So here are the widescreen, clickable photos of what is being called "the best ground-based air defense system in the world" by Pravda.ru:

3 Nelidovo a Village of the Closed Mine

Nelidovo a Village of the Closed Mine

As  blogger Samson reports, Nelidovo in Tver region of Russia is a town where once the coal mines were operating. Later the coal mining here was found to be unprofitable and the mines got shut down. The last one was closed
almost twenty years ago. However people stay in the town, the ones that couldn't find a better place for themselves in the new reality. The blogger tells the town reminds him the landscapes of "Stalker".
2 Storming the Command Center

Storming the Command Center

    In Pskov region, next to Estonia, a check was held for the 76th storm-airborne division of Russian army. On a land strip of three
kilometers soldiers have tried to storm a command centre which was captured by "saboteurs". You can click the photos for the wider images.

2 Interiors of Winter Palace and Hermitage

Interiors of Winter Palace and Hermitage

The interiors of Russian Tsar's winter palace and Hermitage, located in St.
Petersburg, as they were during the times Tsar and his family used them.

2 St. Basils Cathedral from Inside

St. Basils Cathedral from Inside

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin, is a former church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. IT was
built from 1555-61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It has been the hub of the city's growth since the 14th centers and was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

0 Leeches Growing Facility in Russia

Leeches Growing Facility in Russia

Medicinal leech therapy made an international comeback in the 1970s in microsurgery, used to stimulate circulation to salvage skin grafts and other tissue threatened by postoperative venous congestion, particularly in finger reattachment and reconstructive surgery of the ear, nose, lip, and eyelid.Other clinical applications of medicinal leech therapy include varicose veins, muscle cramps, thrombophlebitis, and osteoarthritis, among many varied conditions. The therapeutic effect is not from the blood taken in the meal, but from the continued and steady bleeding from the wound left after the leech has detached, as well as the
anesthetizing, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilating properties of the secreted leech saliva.The most common complication from leech treatment is prolonged bleeding, which can easily be treated, although allergic reactions and bacterial infections may also occur. International Centre for the Medicinal Leech was created on the basis that had been formed in 1937 with  association "Medpiyavka", which had leeches in the artificial pond near Udelnaya holiday village (Moscow region). If you are not sure you can tolerate images of live leeches then maybe you better don't go further than this!

8 Russian Army Has Landed on the Coast

Russian Army Has Landed on the Coast

   ...as part of a joint drill by the Russian Navy and the Navy Infantry. The drill included firing real shots, this time. As the official
blog of the  Russian Far East Navy says: "We have an increase of the drills recently, and this one included the Navy Infantry."

1 Russian Firemen of the Past

Russian Firemen of the Past

  Widescreen photos (after you click on them) of vintage Russian firemen. Their lives, their duties, the fires they were summoned to. The vintage fire
fighting equipment, cars, watchtowers. Their training drills and parades, fires in the cold winters and hot summers - all this after the jump.

1 Vintage Russian Easter Postcards

Vintage Russian Easter Postcards

  Keeping in mind that today is a day when both Easters - Orthodox and Western are celebrated, here are a few vintage Russian Easter postcards from
the times before the Revolution of 1917, as after it the holiday wasn't officially celebrated any more until the collapse of the USSR.

8 New Russian Spaceport is Being Built

New Russian Spaceport is Being Built

A new Russian spaceport "Vostochniy" ("Eastern") is being built in far east Russia. Earlier, in Soviet times, the majority of launches were performed from the Soviet spaceport "Baikonur" in Kazakhstan. Now Kazakhstan is a separate state and it's said that Russia pays $115 million to Kazakhstan
yearly to be able to use the facility. The construction of the new spaceport is expected to reduce these costs and it also brings more workspaces to the Far East of Russia. The construction began in 2011 and the first unmanned flight is expected to be launched from here in 2015.

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