4 Russian Serbian Air Force Drill

Russian Serbian Air Force Drill

Recently there was a Russian - Serbian air force drill. Russian commanders say that the Serbs were real professionals and they enjoyed working with them. Both country's
pilots attacked on-ground and aerial targets, shot missiles, etc. Inside there is a whole set of photos demonstrating what Russians and Serbs did together:
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12 Russia’s New Polar Military Base is Close to the Northern Pole

Russia’s New Polar Military Base is Close to the Northern Pole

This is the Frantz Joseph Islands Archipelago - polar islands, some of the most Northern and closest you can get to the North pole. For years the only inhabitants were Russian soldiers, and now a new modern and highly technological military base has
been erected. Painted in the colors of the Russian flag, it makes this the closest a military base can get to the Northern pole. Let's see what's inside and how it was built, thanks to the Russian Ministry of Defense we can do it!
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24 Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

The Russian city of Syktyvkar is not big. It has just around 200,000 people. It is on the river, as are many older cities, and its name means "City on the River" translated from the ancient Komi language. Now, back to the present times - one of
our favorite Russian bloggers Ilya has traveled to Syktyvkar and taken these awesome pictures to see how residents of cities that are at some distance from Moscow live their day to day lives. And here is this awesome report!
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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:
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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!
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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?
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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:
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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!
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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:
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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.
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