2 Abandoned Nuclear Missile Silos around Saratov

Abandoned Nuclear Missile Silos around Saratov

 A few photos of missile launch facilities. Some of them are new, some are old, some are closed and some are unfinished. Most of them are from the Saratov city region. The first one you see above is an unfinished one, a silo for three R-14 missiles, which was being constructed near Saratov city in Russia in the 1960s and
1970s. Some say the reason for abandoning the project was that the rocket it was built for became obsolete before it was finished. Also some think that the project was found to be ineffective by placing three rockets in one place, because if it was nuked by the enemy three rockets would be lost at once.
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2 Russian Radio Phones from 1950s

Russian Radio Phones from 1950s

In 1957, Leonud Kupriyanovich received a copyright certificate for "radiophone" - an automatic radio telephone with a direct line. Through an automatic telephone station this unit could be connected to any subscriber of a telephone network
within the coverage area of the "radiophone" transmitter. At that time it was the first valid set of radio telephony equipment, demonstrating the principle of the "radiophone". It was named after the inventor, LC-1 .
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3 Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Kamchatka is the land of the living volcanoes. But people have learned how to get benefit from volcanoes. Only 50
people work at the Mutnovsko Geothermal energy plant, which supplies a third of central Kamchatka with energy.
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11 Russian Helicopter MI-28

Russian Helicopter MI-28

A few facts about the MI-28 Russian helicopter, from the photographer - Sergei: After the war of Afghanistan, it was clear that the Soviet army needed a new helicopter to replace the MI-24 that was used at time. In 1982 the Mile bureau introduced the new helicopter - the MI-28, which was equal to
the newly adopted "Apache" helicopters of USA and superseding the existing Soviet MI-24 copters. This was the most armored helicopter in the world. It couldn't be shot down from the ground with the use of just handheld fire arms. In 1984 the machine went into production.
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3 How Diamonds Are Mined (in Russia)

How Diamonds Are Mined (in Russia)

Diamonds were formed more than 300 million years ago. Kimberlite magma formed at a depth of 20 or 25 km. Magma gradually rises along faults in the crust and when the upper layer can no longer hold back the pressure of the magma, an eruption occurs. The first such "pipes" were found in Kimberley inSouth Africa and from there came the name. In the mid 50s rich primary diamond deposits were discovered in Yakutia. Here the diamonds were found in about 1500 kimberlite pipes. The Russian company "ALROSA" produces 99% of diamonds in
Russia and more than 25% of the diamonds in the world . The kimberlite pipe "Mir" (Peace) is an indigenous diamond mine that had been opened in 1955. The field was developed initially at Mirny where an open pit mine and processing plant were created. The quarry has a depth of 525 m and a diameter of 1.2 km, so it is one of the largest in the world. Diamondiferous kimberlite ore open pit mining ceased in June 2001. Since 2009, mining diamond ore is done in the "Mir" underground mine.
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7 Night Hunters and Alligators Prepare for Aviadarts

Night Hunters and Alligators Prepare for Aviadarts

  "Night hunters", "Alligators", "Crocs": all those and more are the names of Russian helicopters - Mi-28H, Ka-52, Mi-24/Mi-35 respectively, that arrived at a Russian shooting range,
"Pogonovo", to participate in "Avia - darts 2014" - a contest among the military pilots" - reports Dmitry with these wide screen clickable photos of the above-mentioned 'copters.
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5 Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

"Electronica" is a well-known Soviet brand. Under this brand in Soviet times, different plants produced a wide range of household electrical appliances: TVs, computer systems, calculators,
electronic watches, tape recorders, video recorders and other products, but not everyone guessed that many products released under this brand were copied from samples of foreign technology.
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1 Handmade Carpets, Silk and Life of Fergana

Handmade Carpets, Silk and Life of Fergana

  The technology for making carpets and silk in the ex-USSR republic of Uzbekistan has never
changed. For hundreds of years, from generation to generation, they have kept it alive.
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0 Sorting Luggage in Moscow Domodedovo Airport

Sorting Luggage in Moscow Domodedovo Airport

What does happen with luggage in the airport? Does a bag have a long trip from the check-in to
boarding? The pictures will show the way bags are handled, using the Domodedovo airport as an example.
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2 The Soviet Stratospheric Planes

The Soviet Stratospheric Planes

The Myasishchev M-55 (NATO reporting name: Mystic-B) is a high altitude geophysical research aircraft developed by OKB Myasishchev in the Soviet Union, similar in purpose to the Lockheed ER-2, but with a twin boom fuselage and tail surface
design. It is a twin-engined development of the Myasishchev M-17 Stratosphera with a higher maximum take-off weight. The first aircraft of this series took off August 16, 1988. By 1993, there were six examples built.
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