There is a factory in Voronezh, Russia, that has recently started making modern polymer materials (butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomers). Such polymers are used for road construction, roofing materials, glue making, various types of
plastic, in footwear industry. In the former Soviet countries it's the only factory making such products. We are not going to describe complicated chemical processes, we will simply have a short excursion to the factory.
Today we are going to show you how they pick cotton in Uzbekistan. It's quite interesting cause most part of clothes we wear is made from cotton. In Uzbekistan cotton is one of the main items of income, in 2008 it was the third country in the world according to the export of cotton and the sixth - according to its production.
Just the way people used to be forced to work on collective farms in the Soviet times, practically all students and state employees are made to pick cotton in Uzbekistan. In fact it's a voluntary work nobody can refuse to do. It's not paid for, of course. By the way school children do not participate.
When we speak about Chernobyl-2, we usually mean the radar station "Duga". In fact it's the object that makes this area different from the others in the exclusion zone. It's a huge construction, its antennas are visible almost from any point of the zone. "Duga" had been closed for visitors for a long
period of time but since October 2013 anyone has been able to come there. Nevertheless Chernobyl-2 is not only "Duga" radar station, it's also the territory of the former military unit with a dwelling sector for the staff. It's the very object you're going to see after the jump.