7 Russian Village Oparino Lost Deep in the Woods

Russian Village Oparino Lost Deep in the Woods

This village in Russia is lost deep in the woods. There is no road leading here, except this old rail road. You can't get here by car. In case of emergency, a person has to walk 40 kms to get to the nearest place.
It is surrounded by swamps. Two times a month a small, old train with only one car comes here. Thanks to the Russian blogger Grifon, we have a chance to peek into the life of people here. Let's look!
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2 White Brick Moscow Before the Great Fire

White Brick Moscow Before the Great Fire

As we know, the Russian capital, Moscow, was destroyed by fire in the early 19th century. Napoleon raided the city and also burned it. So basically the city we know now is different from what it was more than 200 years ago. Most of the
buildings were made out of "white stone", including the Kremlin. Of course there are no photos of this time, but there are plenty of vintage engraved pictures of those times which we have here for your viewing pleasure.
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7 Russia: now and hundred years ago, same places juxtaposed

Russia: now and hundred years ago, same places juxtaposed

Some people took an effort to take shots of the same places famous Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorsky has caught on
camera over hundred years ago. They travelled there, framed everything exactly as it was. The result is pretty cool!
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4 Afghan Landing Was a Trick Invented by Soviet Pilots to Land 200 Ton Planes Very Quick to Avoid Being Hit by Missiles

Afghan Landing Was a Trick Invented by Soviet Pilots to Land 200 Ton Planes Very Quick to Avoid Being Hit by Missiles

While landing, planes are very vulnerable to missile attacks from the ground. Especially when they are landing in Afghanistan. Especially during war time. Especially if those planes are huge transport IL-76 planes. So over time, Soviet pilots have developed a unique method to land their 150 ton heavy planes. They call it "An
Afghan Landing". A huge IL-76 comes to the landing strip from the opposite side, then makes a very sharp turn and... lands! Just a crazy trick for such a huge plane. Take a look at an actual Afghan landing made in Kabul, Afghanistan airport in 1989. Also inside is one more video from outside:
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6 Russian Girl Makes Awesome “Mirror” Cakes

Russian Girl Makes Awesome “Mirror” Cakes

Olga, Russian girl from UFA, Russia makes those creative mirror shiny cakes. She already gained hundreds of fans in Russia
for her creations and looks like we are spreading the word further. Take a look, awesome creations she makes.
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10 Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian blogger and photographer Marina was wondering on Yuri Gagarin's helmet  - why on some photos it has CCCP (USSR) sign on it and some photos show just white helmet with no letters
or whatsoever. Was the sign was "photoshopped" later? Were the photos doctored by Russian mass media? She went to the museum to find out the truth and this is what she got!
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0 Day of Parades: Russian Military Parade Today in Syria

Day of Parades: Russian Military Parade Today in Syria

Russian military base in Khmeimim Syria also got a parade today. Here is a short video, every
canonical detail of the parades is present: generals on Soviet cabrios, Old Soviet flags and songs etc.

15 Russian Spetznaz Breaking Bricks And More

Russian Spetznaz Breaking Bricks And More

Blowing up rubber hot water bottles, breaking bricks, rolling frying pans into tubes with bear hands like they are made from tin foil and many more
this is what Russian Spetznaz soldiers demonstrated this past Friday at a party. Thanks to PolkovnikVVS blogger we can see it all in detail.
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16 Russian Photographer Goes inside Chernobyl Reactor in 1990

Russian Photographer Goes inside Chernobyl Reactor in 1990

These days some in the media are commemorating the Chernobyl incident, or as they call it in Russia, "The Chernobyl Catastrophe". The reason is because it happened exactly thirty years ago, in April 1986. So we decided to post something too. We posted the best spooky
shots we could get our hands on. The story is as follows. Just four years after the incident, in the year 1990, a Russian photographer went right inside the destroyed reactor building, the most dangerous place in Chernobyl, and took those photos. Scary.
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5 Awesome Photos of Russian MIG-31 Modernized

Awesome Photos of Russian MIG-31 Modernized

Straight out of hangars Marina has taken photos of Russian MIG-31, lot of them produced way before being disassembled into smallest parts and then assembled back with totally renewed look and feel. One example - the transparent cabin covers were made from Plexiglas and
since it becomes darker with time it needs to be replaced. But this material has not been used for over twenty years so they make new cabin covers  with triplex glass. Many more similar updates are being made to these planes. Let's see the photos:
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