0 American Navy Sailors Visiting Sevastopol, Crimea in 1989

American Navy Sailors Visiting Sevastopol, Crimea in 1989

So when Gorbachev announced "perestroyka" (change) such visits became possible. Two American Navy ships USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) and USS Kauffman (FFG-59) arrived to previously "closed" city of Sevastopol - main base of Soviet and then Russian Navy at the Black
Sea. Sevastopol before was impossible to visit by American or any NATO ship. It was so important for Russian Navy that even after USSR collapse when Crimea became Ukrainian the Sevastopol continued to most of all Russian Black Sea fleet.
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0 Russian Zhigulevsky Beer Warehouses Across All Russian Empire

Russian Zhigulevsky Beer Warehouses Across All Russian Empire

Russian Zhigulevsky Beer started its history in Russian empire and was probably most famous and popular Soviet beer. However even before USSR this was already a beverage giant - had its warehouses in almost every larger Russian Empire city or
town. And thanks to the beer we now can see how Russia looked at that time as they were photographing their property together with their personnel in different Russian cities. And not only Russia - Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan etc.
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2 This Plane Spent Sixty-Eight Years on the Bottom of the Lake Now Goes Back to the Skies

This Plane Spent Sixty-Eight Years on the Bottom of the Lake Now Goes Back to the Skies

This year Moscow air show had one cool exhibit flying. This was an IL-2 World War 2 plane that is over seventy years old now already! Sixty-eight years it spent
on the bottom of the lake, approximately twenty meter deep. And it seems unbelievable after that many years it could make it again to the skies.
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1 Life of Tsar Nicholas II While in Exile in Siberia

Life of Tsar Nicholas II While in Exile in Siberia

This is a story of how last Russian Tsar Nicholas II spent
his time while in exile, shortly before he was murdered.
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1 Soviet Most Beautiful Car Chaika in 21st Century

Soviet Most Beautiful Car Chaika in 21st Century

This car was built for Soviet bosses. Nowadays it looks like it came straight out of 1960s records covers, photoalbums of our babushkas or propaganda Soviet books. However this "bird" - Chaika is translated as seagull to
English - you can still meet it in Russia. Sometimes at very unexpected locations like this one going by rails on a railroad.  Actually this photo was made in Hungary, in Budapest railroad museum in 2015.
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1 Post-apocalyptic Lada

Post-apocalyptic Lada

If you like post-apocalytpic movies with zombies, or you are a fan of Mad
Max franchise then you should appreciate this modified Lada 2102.
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4 Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Yaransk Elevator is a huge scale company. Once it was one of the biggest elevator in Russia now it's stopped,
territory is empty, buildings stay abandoned. Here is the trip inside by Russian blogger Oesolod.
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5 Rare Soviet LADA 2109 Time Capsule

Rare Soviet LADA 2109 Time Capsule

Man has got inherited an absolutely new Soviet LADA Sputnik 2109 car. It has only 49 km on it, still in factory packaging on the seats, was stored in a garage.
Looks like his grandfather has never used it. And this was the most "luxury" car late Soviet people dreamed off. Even some Russian songs mention it.
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6 Why Did Soviet Most Nice Looking Van Fail

Why Did Soviet Most Nice Looking Van Fail

This Russian car, the passenger van, was enchanting many Russian people when it appeared in a cult Soviet movie about Shurik. Soviet
people were arguing if its Soviet creation or an imported luxury. Some even thought this was a self-made car. But it wasn't.
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4 Crimea: Trip to Underground Submarines Storage, Cold War Object, Now Underground Museum of Submarines

Crimea: Trip to Underground Submarines Storage, Cold War Object, Now Underground Museum of Submarines

This bay in Crimea is not just nice blue water and yachts. This one has some unprecedented in world history object, top secret sometime ago, and now it's a museum called "Balaclava" same as the bay called. A museum of submarines. After the WW2 bot world superpowers USSR and USA were increasing their nuclear potential. Then Stalin
ordered to find a place where to hide nuclear missiles carrying submarines. After a few years of search they found this bay and a small town Balaclava. They changed its status to "Top Secret" overnight. They were building the object for the next eight years. Russian blogger Alexei went there and here is his story.
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