6 During the Russian Army Draft

During the Russian Army Draft

In Russia, military conscription is compulsory and drafts happen two times a year - in spring and in fall. Since it's fall outside, the draft is going on and thanks to the Russian blogger, Yaroslav, we are able to see the photos from inside the drafting facility where young boys, usually who have reached eighteen years old, come to become soldiers for the next twelve months of their lives. Usually, young men in
Russia are afraid of this as there were tons of horror stories (and videos!) from the army about how the younger soldiers are being humiliated and beaten. However, they say its getting better lately - hard to say if its a PR stunt or things really are getting better. Anyways, thanks again to Yaroslav and here are the photos and a story from inside a Russian army drafting center:

25 Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

If you are a constant visitor to this site, I believe you already know about Ekranoplans - unique Soviet semi-boats semi-jets which could glide at very low altitudes above the sea and very quickly move troops or equipment or passengers this way. Sadly, not many of
them survived and they didn't go into mass production. However, here is one more interesting project - a researcher tried to re-invent a Soviet idea - a giant Ekranoplan that could carry.. other aircraft, like the aircraft carrying ships of present. Let's take a look!

37 12 Awesome Things Soviet Union Gave to the People Ahead of Every Other Country in the World

12 Awesome Things Soviet Union Gave to the People Ahead of Every Other Country in the World

At the time the Soviet Union was established, its leaders made a lot of advancements over other powers in the world in terms of what rights and benefits they established for its people. Basically, some of the well known rights that are enjoyed by people in the West were an attempt by Western governments to counteract those of the USSR and to show kindness to their own people so that they didn't want to start a revolution and
overthrow the capitalists as they did in Russia. At least this is what some historians think. I'm pretty sure that you won't know some of those, like every Soviet person had a right to receive an apartment for free from the state, and hundreds of thousands of people received them every year. So what were those other benefits the Soviet country was first in the world to give to its population?

0 Russian Crab Growers

Russian Crab Growers

As Russian blogger and photographer Alexander says, this is the only Russian sea crab growing operation existing now. It is based in the Russian
far east and was organized by the Russian Fish and Ocean Institute. They grow crabs in the shallow waters, and this is how they do it:

13 Russian Abandoned Bio Warfare Factory

Russian Abandoned Bio Warfare Factory

Russian blogger Armahema, known to hide his identity and visit some awesome places, often highly guarded places, and leave them unnoticed with a bunch of photos, has again visited a cool place. During the USSR era, this was an active factory. Officially it was producing vitamins and antibiotics. However, it was a well known secret
that this factory was also able to produce anthrax spores, and in case the Cold War broke out into a "Hot" real war, the thing could start producing TONS of this highly poisonous substance in a day.  Previously it had been a top secret location but it is now abandoned and Armahema was able to get inside!

9 Russian Myasischev Jets

Russian Myasischev Jets

When you think about Russian military jets, you usually think about either SU or MiG planes. Those are the two most important and big "brands" of Russian and Soviet war planes. Those jets were widely used in the USSR, are very popular in modern day Russia and were also always sold abroad in large quantities. However, those two major jet labels are not the only ones. For example there are a few more jet aircraft engineering bureaus in the USSR.
Those jets are very rare, they were usually produced in very small quantities and just a few of the planes are left intact. So it was very lucky that Said, the photographer, went to an exposition where such rare jets are on display now. These are "Myasischev" planes, named after their chief engineer Vladimir Myasischev. They had a short name "M" and were dubbed M-50, M-18 etc., and we have a few of them inside:

1 Russia’s Big Hydro Power Plant in Kolyma

Russia’s Big Hydro Power Plant in Kolyma

Russian blogger Sergei has continued his journey through distant Siberian lands, home for gold diggers for over a century. Now he has visited the Kolyma hydroelectric power plant. It supplies over 95% of all electric power to the Magadan gold
industry. It was conceived in 1970, but because the then USSR collapsed and had problems with financing projects like this, it was finished only in 1994. Inside Sergei visits the station itself, gets to the dam, gets inside the plant, etc.

1 Abandoned Russian Villages in 2015

Abandoned Russian Villages in 2015

In Russia there are multitudes of abandoned villages. Most of them have the monuments of a long gone era. One Russian blogger traveled to some of them recently and this post is what he brought back from the journey. We
start with a wooden church. Despite it looks it's not that old.  It was completed in 1910. Then communists turned it into warehouse in 1940  - as they did with many churches that were not blown up.

2 Beauty of Russian Nature in Fall and Winter Months

Beauty of Russian Nature in Fall and Winter Months

Thanks to Russian photographer Anton we can see some new awesome shots from Russian region of Altai Mountains - one of the most untouched and nice looking places in Russia. Anton says that this place has fantastic beauty which
brings people here just to see it. And because its already October its been snowing there for the past few days - you can see both seasons at once - very colorful autumn and already signs of whitish snowy winter. Worth looking!

13 Making Russian Pancakes on top of Crimean Mountain

Making Russian Pancakes on top of Crimean Mountain

A popular Russian language blogger Slava decided to surprise his girlfriend with a breakfast she for sure never had before and which is not soon to forget. For this
they climbed one of the tallest rocks in Crimea, near the place they live and he cooked Russian pancakes for her there. Let's see how it looked like:

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