12 Construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad

Construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad

The Baikal Amur railroad was "A project of a century" as Brezhnev said. It was a railroad to connect the middle of Siberia with the Pacific coast, with a length over 4,300 kms. And again, like the story of the exploration of the lands we had earlier, the main power to accomplish this were the young Soviets. They were attracted there by romantic stories of the exploration, a big help to the state, new horizons which will open this road to others, etc. You might find this naive and not too
motivating, but in the country where most of the people were getting the same payments and where there was not much diversity in the stores, and where the apartments were given away by the state and were not purchased, it made sense. People flocked there for a bit higher pay, for doing something new, to be useful, and of course to get free housing, etc. Songs were written about this project, people came from different parts of USSR to take part in it.

7 Trip to a Fantastic Old Ships Graveyard

Trip to a Fantastic Old Ships Graveyard

  Just imagine an old Soviet place where ships - warships, regular ships, etc - which are cut in half or into pieces remain for years. Tons of stuff to explore and photograph. That's why Vladimir Malder has
gone all the way to the most Western part of Russia - Kaliningrad, to visit this secret abandoned place, which is of course forbidden to enter. Want to see what he saw there? Read on!

7 Ordinary Russian People of 19th Century

Ordinary Russian People of 19th Century

This is probably one of the oldest collection of photos of Russian people. What makes it more interesting are that they are not some aristocratic high class ladies or gentlemen dressed as if they are going to a party, but regular people from the streets caught in the act of their profession - like the one on top, who
is a water delivery man right from the streets of 19th century St. Petersburg - as it was seen by great Russian classical writers. If you ever read Dostoevsky this is a chance to see the real photos of people he was describing as the time caught in this photo matches the time of his stories.

3 Russian Army Playing Cards

Russian Army Playing Cards

To get a better idea of the Russian army, you might want to see the playing cards with Russian army comics probably made by soldiers or by ex-soldiers. In order to make
it even more cool, one might want to print them out and have your own personal Russian army playing cards as these ones are in high resolution if clicked.
11 Just Now: Land Has Collapsed Under Houses UPDATED

Just Now: Land Has Collapsed Under Houses UPDATED

    We have just received these photos about this giant sinkhole which has appeared right in the middle of the
settlement, with one house reportedly fallen under the ground. Let's see a couple more photos inside:

15 Donetsk Today

Donetsk Today

Dmitriy has visited Donbass - the region where the fighting was going on over Summer, around Donetsk, Ukraine and these are the photos he brought back. The
building in this photo above is a museum: "Didn't have a chance to visit the museum this summer, and it seems I never will be able to..." Let's see more:

11 Soviet Exploration of the Unused Lands

Soviet Exploration of the Unused Lands

In Soviet times, it was kind of trendy among the young people to go to the "exploration of the new lands" - like the great campaign on gaining food independence of the Soviet Union - as they were importing grains and more. So
they decided to use the huge land masses that they already had but where nobody was farming them. Because private farming was forbidden at the time, they did it through governmental structures. Let's read on:
3 Seasons of Franz Joseph Land

Seasons of Franz Joseph Land

      Franz Joseph Land is one of the Northernmost parts of Russia and consists of multiple islands which lay as far to the North as Northern Greenland, pretty much one of the closest lands to the North Pole. You can read
more about it on Wiki here. However, what is our point of interest today is the change of seasons on Franz Joseph Land. A photographer travelled there and took a few photos in each season in exactly the same place:

21 Exploring the Giant Sinkhole of Yamal Peninsula

Exploring the Giant Sinkhole of Yamal Peninsula

Today you are going to see photos from a mysterious phenomena that happened deep in the Northern Russia. A giant hole in the Earth appeared in the Yamal peninsula some time ago there. Sometime ago  helicopter flyby was made to take the photos and confirm that the thing exists and it is not the result of some weapon being used or natural causes? Then they sent a second group
of scientists to explore the place. The scientists went there and weren't able to go too close as the land was collapsing all the time and there were strong winds on the surface and it was considered dangerous conditions to carry on. So they returned again in the winter, for the third time. And we have those exclusive photos! Let's see how it was.

13 Soviet People Not Smiling Photos in 1970s

Soviet People Not Smiling Photos in 1970s

Sometimes we post Soviet Union photos where people are smiling, laughing, doing stuff and look happy, and then we think "Man, that's propaganda! They didn't live like that". So now let's see some
other approach to the Soviet reality. Vladimir, a photographer, was enjoying taking photos of life around him in the city of Moscow in the 1970s. In his photos people tend to smile less.

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