94 Buran, The First Russian Shuttle

Buran, The First Russian Shuttle

Did you know that there was a space shuttle built in Russia, which has made a few successful flights but then the research project was closed due to lack of funding after the collapse of Soviet Union? The BURAN orbiter was the first reusable manned space vehicle in Russia. The BURAN orbiter is the space airplane which may descent from an orbit and land to an airdrome. The BURAN was Russian first vehicle capable not only to put pay-loads into Space, but also to provide their orbit maintenance and
repair as well as return to the Earth. The BURAN predecessors could execute only separate roles: VOSTOK and SOYUS vehicles were intended only for crew flights, PROGRESS - for cargo delivery onto the orbital station. Put into the orbit by a rocket carrier of the average size they had modest transport potentials. Whereas the cargo flow on the Earth-orbit line increased and the development of a reusable vehicles of large carrying capacity has become inevitable.   
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10 Video of a Floodlight Tower Blasted in St. Petersburg

Video of a Floodlight Tower Blasted in St. Petersburg

This is the video of how the floodlight tower was blown up on the stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was devastated on purpose, as a step on the way to removing the old
stadium before the new one would be built. Still it’s impressive how a huge construction is falling down right on the stadium field, slowly and gracefully.
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43 Color Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years Ago and Today

Color Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years Ago and Today

In this article there are some interesting photos of a few Russian churches made in 1910 and today. The fact that makes them more interesting the 1910 photos are color photos also! Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) received a few patents for his color photo technique. He traveled across Russia in the beginning of the 20th century and made thousands of photos. I visited his exhibition and the photos are really stunning, especially when you understand that they were made 100 years ago but are fully in color. That’s a real lost world of Russia before the Soviet era, before WW2 and WW1. Prokudin-Gorskii left Russia in 1918, going first to Norway and England before settling in France. By then, the tsar and his family had been executed during the Russian Revolution, and the Communist rule had been established over what was once the Russian Empire. His unique images of Russia on the eve of the revolution — recorded on glass plates — were purchased by the United States' Library of Congress in 1948 from his heirs. In 2001, the Library of Congress produced an exhibition, The Empire that was Russia. For this exhibition, the glass plates
were scanned and color images were produced digitally from the scanned red, green, and blue monochrome images, using a process called Digichromatography which was developed by Walter Frankhauser. In 2004, the Library contracted with Blaise Agüera y Arcas to produce an automated color composite of each of the 1,902 negatives from the high resolution digital images of the glass plate negatives. A complete description of his process and a list of other sites that have prepared digital color composite images are in the collection profile at the Library of Congress. And here are the few photos of some churches in Seliger region that were made by Prokudin-Gorskii almost 100 years ago and each photo goes with a corresponding photo of the same place made nowadays.   Church in Ostashkov small town, 96 years ago. Check out the horse coach on the right. In the beginning of the 20th century when in the USA there were already 1,000,000 people in Russia there were only a few hundreds of passenger cars, the most common mean of transport was a horse powered transport.
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35 Daily photos from Russian cities 3: Street Racing

Daily photos from Russian cities 3: Street Racing

Just another portion of photos from Russian streets.  Let's start with some Russian street racing photos:
This is Lada 21099 with some heavy heavy tuning. It's so heavy that it can probably barely move.
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9 Fake Mineral Water

Fake Mineral Water

I knew that there happen to be some factories in countries like India or China which make fake soft drinks, I knew that there are in Russia such factories also, I knew that they ship their ready made production to
shops and sell like legit one, but what was a surprise for me is when a lady makes fake mineral water (puts on labels) right in the middle of the big shopping mall in Ukraine (former USSR). Take a look:
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51 The Manipulator For Graphical Information

The Manipulator For Graphical Information

Do you remember the first Russian laptop? Here come the first Russian mice. The design is alike, it should be classy things at that time, 16-17 years ago. Which one do you like the most? Thanks to the collector Sergei Frolov, for sharing with us such rare photos.
This mice were used by Soviet computer users in 1986-1994 while probably creating some new sort of "MIR" space station, which was never built though. What pitty. So, the mice: The cord is nice, nowadays the fashion for such cords return.
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7 Inflatable S-300 air defense system

Inflatable S-300 air defense system

The S-300PMU [SA-10 land-based, SA-N-6 naval version] surface-to-air missile system is able to engage a number of targets simultaneously, countering intensive aircraft raids at low-to-high altitude. The SA-10 offers significant advantages over older strategic surface-to-air missile systems, including multitarget handling and engagement characteristics, a capability against low altitude targets with small radar
cross-sections such as cruise missiles, a capability against tactical ballistic missiles, and possibly a potential to intercept some types of strategic ballistic missiles. It was Russia's best system in this class. Real threat to enemy planes and ballistic missiles. Costs hundres thousands dollars each. And now a budget version - inflatable. First check the real thing:
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23 AK-47 Kalashnikov museum

AK-47 Kalashnikov museum

  This is photoset from Kalashnikov AK-47 Museum in Izhevsk city, Russia. The Kalashnikov Museum was opened in the city of Izhevsk, Russia on November 4, 2004 - one week prior to the AK-47
designer's 85th birthday as a gift for his anniversary. The budget of the project exceeded US$8,000,000. You can see the photos made by actual museum visitor here in this post:
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42 First Russian Laptop

First Russian Laptop

This is first Russian laptop, made under the brand "Elektronika". The production started in 1991 and lasted not very long due to the high price of the device - none of the common people could afford themselves such
devices. The price for the computer was around $6000, that equals 25,000 roubles according to that time's exchange rate, when the average salary across the country was 500 roubles (50 times less!).
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