3 Minsk vs IBM

Minsk vs IBM

Exactly 35 years ago, the first IBM PC in history went on sale, but long before that day — in the 1960's, one of the centers of Soviet Cybernetics was in Belarus. Let us remember the story of a family of computing machinery "Minsk" which won All-Union glory, and then lost it. The gap between the USSR and the western countries in the field of computer technology in the 1950's, according to the most optimistic estimates, was at least 10 years. Therefore, in August 1956, the decision of the USSR Council of Ministers was the start of the expansion of the production of
electronic computers across the country. The resolution also provided for the establishment of centres for their production, design and development, one of which was supposed to stay in the BSSR. Soon in Minsk, the Ordzhonikidze Plant was opened, and by 1958, the Special Design Bureau (SDB) was set up to support and upgrade the computer. Subsequently, the SDB was transformed into an independent design and research company - NIIEVM - which is still working to this day. "Minsk-1" - the first original Belarusian computer
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0 Misty Dawn on the Cooling Pond of the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant

Misty Dawn on the Cooling Pond of the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant

Large drops of rain began drumming in the windshield when it remained a little more than 30 miles to the place of destination. Stuffy city, languishing under the hot summer sun, was left behind. M2 Motorway remained on the sidelines, and the road began to take desert to the west, winding hairpin bends. But, despite the bad weather, my car flew quickly and easily, as if it was fueled by my desire to come
faster. Into a green, washed by the rain Kurchatov town, I went with the last drops of rain. Now I could finally get out, stretch myself and go to meet new interesting people. I was at the information centre of the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant. I've never thought that I could visit a nuclear power plant. Quite a bit, and I would hear the roar of the turbine in the engine room.
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1 7 Forbidden Things-to-Do in Russian Banya

7 Forbidden Things-to-Do in Russian Banya

Banya (sauna) for Russians is like a cult. It is able to regenerate human again, to give strength for new exploits. Don't go there after midnight If you think that a banya is as an uninhabited island, you are mistaken. For centuries there lives so-called Bannik - a banya master. This creature likes when everyone
please him in every way: leave a bar of soap, for example, or water in a pitcher - Bannik also wants to wash. He prefers steaming strongly after midnight. If you also have such a "wonderful" idea, beware - Bannik will crush you. Simply to say, it will intoxicate your desperate little head.
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0 Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation

Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation

In early July, the plant's leadership went to meet the leadership of our Omsk Spotting Club, and an they
organized a photoshoot for us. MI-8 meets us on a pedestal near the plant entrance checkpoint.
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1 Abandoned tropospheric station under the Anadyr

Abandoned tropospheric station under the Anadyr

  Not far from the Anadyr city, about 10 km, at the top of the hill of St. Michael there is a nodal tropospheric station called "Yukon" (8/104 (21/103) M/u - 74239), which is a part of the "North" communication system and a local civil telecentre. As a mobile and satellite communications are developing, the need of having such
an expensive object has gone, and in 2003 the station was finally closed. Telecentre was luckier and stood in a good condition for ten years more. There is no former luxury, but the remnants are still there, far away, attracting both local people and tourists. We also could not resist and went there.
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2 43 years in the pantry: new IZH Jupiter – 3, 1973 in a wooden box

43 years in the pantry: new IZH Jupiter – 3, 1973 in a wooden box

  About six months ago I told you about a unique "time capsule" - a completely new Soviet motorcycle IZH Jupiter - 3 made in 1976 year, which survived to this day in the original package. Then it seemed that it is unreal to find such a technique in the same preservation. However, just recently I
received an information that there is the same IZH Jupiter-3 in one of the villages near Kiev, and it is even an older model - 1973 and, what is the most important – it is in a similar condition, without a run in the USSR wooden box. I immediately decided to visit this rarity.
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26 The hell of Russian hospitals

The hell of Russian hospitals

Despite the fact that the Government constantly reports about allocations of considerable amounts for the reforms in health care, the situation with our hospitals remains the same. In the regions, most hospitals are in a terrible condition,
the conditions of patients care may be called critical, and the quality of the provided services is far from perfect. Next, we propose to have a look at the photos that show more clearly what is happening in our hospitals.
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1 Ultimate vacation: the Soviet Instagram

Ultimate vacation: the Soviet Instagram

The "Instagram Generation" may not be aware that the format of square photos was not born with the advent of social networks. Cameras taking 6x6 and
6x7 pictures, such as "Lubitel", "Kiev 88", "Salut", "Moskva", were very popular in the Soviet times, and owners took them for holidays.
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2 How a Tu-104 was moved across Moscow

How a Tu-104 was moved across Moscow

Let me re-post an interesting article about how a Tu-104 was moved across Moscow from the Chkalovsky
airfield. It was interesting for me, since the same people moved another Tu-104 last year in Tomsk.
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0 Therapeutic Mud of the Caucasian Dead Sea

Therapeutic Mud of the Caucasian Dead Sea

This is a unique source of health — Lake Tambukan. During the WWII, wounded soldiers liberated Pyatigorsk from the Nazis, applied  on a bandage a layer of mud from this lake. Today, manufacturers of cosmetics are looking at the lake at their point of view: in Tambukan mud, they say, one can find youth and forget about the shortcomings of the skin. Healing — if not invaluable — mud they compare to the famous Dead Sea mud.
When a couple of years ago, the lake overflowed its banks and washed away the track "Caucasus" - the main road on the Russian south, no alarm sounded about a strip of asphalt, even federal one. Environmentalists were worried about the unique properties of the pond and mud at the bottom. As a result, the unusual lake saved itself: the best defense against poison of asphalt became supersalt water.
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