4 An Explosion at Novokuznetsk Power Plant

An Explosion at Novokuznetsk Power Plant

Novokuznetsk, Russia - photos have been posted of a power plant that suffered an explosion earlier today. As per the photos, it looks like the plant itself received some severe damage. As per official information, at 9.55am there was explosion inside the room where the main turbines are located. Authorities and the rescue mission could
not get inside at first because of the hot air. In the video below there can be seen a thick smoke, as high as 150 ft above the power plant. Novokuznetsk is a city in Russia with a population of over 500,000 people. The power plant is question has the power capacity of 100 Megawatts. More photos inside.
4 Climate in Ukraine

Climate in Ukraine

With all the recent talk about war and Ukraine, we decided to remind everyone what the climate in Ukraine really is like. Basically in winter, though it is a bit milder than in Siberian parts of Russia, it is
still almost as severe as in European Russia. This means snow and temperatures way below zero. Here is, for example, how the highway connecting two Ukrainian cities looked just a few weeks ago.
2 A Flower from the Cops

A Flower from the Cops

When a police officer pulls you over you can expect him to give you a ticket, to talk to you about driving safety, or in other words, people don't expect anything good when this happens. However, if you are in Russia these days, you can get pulled over by a cop just to find out that he wants to present to you a flower. Only if you are a woman. The road safety police these days give away hundreds of flowers to random lady
drivers across the country, in an effort to celebrate International Women's Day - a holiday that is widely being observed in Russia. Holding a flower behind his back while pulling the unsuspected lady to the side of the road might be a trick that's a bit cruel, as all things she might have done wrong might go through her mind until she finds out that this was not the reason for the stop.
12 Kiev: Revolution Aftermath

Kiev: Revolution Aftermath

The revolutionary protests have left Maidan, Grushevsky and Institutskaya streets of Kiev devastated. What one can see there today
looks really gloomy: remains of huge barricades made from various junk, burnt buildings, shops and dwelling houses...
26 Six US Airforce Fighter Jets Landed in Lithuania

Six US Airforce Fighter Jets Landed in Lithuania

Meanwhile, it has been reported that six F-15 jets of the USAF have landed in Lithuania, ex Soviet republic, which is situated close to Ukraine. Those six planes as
stated add to the four of the same already present in Lithuania. Here are the photos from the airbase in Lithuania where the planes have actually landed.

5 Siberian Province More Than a Century Ago

Siberian Province More Than a Century Ago

Rare images of the Yenisei province of Russia, its people and life the way they were in the early XX century. The province appeared in
1822 when Siberia was divided into Western and Eastern parts, and existed until 1925 when both regions were united again.
1 Enthusiast Puts Rubber Mats on Downtown Public Bus Stops

Enthusiast Puts Rubber Mats on Downtown Public Bus Stops

An enthusiastic Krasnoyarsk man, Anton, decided to solve the problem of the slippery icy and snowy surfaces that haunt the bus stops of the 13th largest Russian city, Krasnoyarsk, with a population of over one million people. For this purpose, he uses rubber mats that are equipped with a heater inside. "I decided to do this after I saw the statistics on the accidents of people falling down at bus
stops" says the man. As the municipality was pretty skeptical about his approach, Anton decided to invest his own money to complete equipping the pilot bus stop with the mat and the heater. He said it cost him almost $1200 and he was hoping the installation would serve for at least five years. Here are some pics and also there is an ending to this story inside:
4 Protesters in Donetsk, Ukraine Crash Police Cars

Protesters in Donetsk, Ukraine Crash Police Cars

As witnesses report from Donetsk, Ukraine (the fifth largest Ukraine city, population 970 thousand) the supporters of the New Ukrainian government stormed the streets shouting "Ukraine!", "Unified Ukraine!" and other words in support of Ukraine as a single state. Previously, it had been reported that Russian flags were raised upon the administration
buildings of Donetsk, however the majority today were holding Ukrainian flags, as you can see in the photos. Later, the protesters hijacked a police bus which was used to hold arrested protesters, and smashed the police cars with this bus. The rest of the people applauded. You can see this moment on the video posted below.
3 New Prime Minister of Ukraine Travels Cheaply

New Prime Minister of Ukraine Travels Cheaply

The newly elected (or appointed) prime minister Yatsenyuk, one of the leaders of the Maidan resistance, was spotted in the Kiev airport going to Brussels on a regular plane (not a private jet) and more than that, waiting with other people in line
for his economy class boarding ticket. Brussels is the European Union capital, so we might guess he is going there for some international talks, not for personal needs, but still he prefers to travel like a regular person.
1 Swimming with Guns Championship

Swimming with Guns Championship

You probably didn't know, but there is an annual championship held in the Russian Army, that is called "Swimming with Arms". Its objective is to find the best swimmers who can swim and dive with full ammunition, uniform and loaded guns. The record breaking results were shown in 2012, however the practical norm to be allowed to participate in the
championship is to be able to swim 100 metres in less than three minutes, carrying the Kalashnikov gun with you. Also, a soldier must be able to swim under water no less than 40 metres, also carrying all his ammo and being fully dressed. Usually, almost a hundred of best trained Army athletes compete for the chance to win a trophy.

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