6 Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Today Russia celebrates the official "Cosmonautics Day" - space topic is all over screens today and even president Putin went to see new Russian movie about a space exploration. However, there is a page of history of USSR and now Russia which is pretty much sad and shows that the progress of space exploration in Russia doesn't advance now. Baikonur is a huge space launching
site. It was built and used by USSR but now is left in Kazakhstan. On it's territory there is a huge hangar where two artefacts of Soviet space legacy remains. They stay here for over twenty years behind the close doors and are covered with thick layer of dust. Russian blogger Ralph went there and now we have the pictures here, let's see:
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1 Two trains collided in Russia tonight

Two trains collided in Russia tonight

Two trains have collided tonight near Moscow. Twenty-eight people were wounded. Luckily everyone is alive. It all happened around one o'clock in the morning.
Still not clear what caused this - neglect or terror activity or some other causes. Let's see some photos and videos from the accident scene:
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2 Training flights on Brand New Yak-130 Training Jets in Russian Air Force Academy

Training flights on Brand New Yak-130 Training Jets in Russian Air Force Academy

Since the weather is becoming more summerish in Russia, especially in Southern Russia, it's time to post some fresh plane spotting photos.
Russian blogger Kuban-Spotting got lucky and visited Russian Air Force school near Armavir city. Here are his photos and a story:
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0 A Tram Converted to a Floating House

A Tram Converted to a Floating House

This man got his hands on an old tram and converted it into a floating house. It was
spotted on the Desna river. It was later abandoned and remains uninhabited.
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6 Russian aerobatics group Russkie Vityazi got new SU jets

Russian aerobatics group Russkie Vityazi got new SU jets

The "Russkie Vityazi (Russian Knights)" aerobatics crew is the most famous crew in Russia. Participated in hundreds of different airshows nationally and abroad. Now they
finally got brand new SU-30SM jets and were training to take part in a Malaysian airshow that will take place March 21-25 this year. Let's see their new birds.
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7 Russian armored vehicle “Typhoon” serving in Russian army

Russian armored vehicle “Typhoon” serving in Russian army

This armored vehicle is made on a base of KAMAZ truck. It's a pretty recent addition to Russian army - first units started arriving into
regiments only in 2014. So not much photos of it still exist and here are some from different parts of Russia. Also a video inside.
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6 Production of unique BE-200 Russian Planes That  Can Suck In 12 Tons of Water from a Lake in 18 Seconds Gliding Above its Surface

Production of unique BE-200 Russian Planes That Can Suck In 12 Tons of Water from a Lake in 18 Seconds Gliding Above its Surface

BE-200s are unique Russian firefighting jet planes that drop water on the fires from air. What make them unique is that this jet can refill its water tanks without landing. It simply descends above a river or a lake and slows down and sucks 12 tons of water inside. Simply stunning seeing it in action, there is a video below that
shows how this happens. For this unique properties those planes being sent by Russian forces to help fight fires across the world. It was used in Canada for example last year and in Portugal in 2016. And here is a unique photos by Gelio from a production line where those jets being assembled. Let's see?
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1 Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 is the most widespread and used helicopter in Russian Northern areas. Thousands people would suffer from hunger and cold if those steel machines won't be coming to them each day to deliver foods, medicines, gas and
transport people. Some Russian Northern villages are even sending kids to school via helicopter each day! Let's see a few nice shots by Sergey who went to one Northern area and saw those Polar Mi-8s:
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11 A Sad Story of Yuri Gagarin Soviet Greatest Science Ship Beloved by Millions Betrayed by Ukraine

A Sad Story of Yuri Gagarin Soviet Greatest Science Ship Beloved by Millions Betrayed by Ukraine

Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet science flagship. Was built in Leningrad in 1971. It's 231 m long, and 32 m wide. Main engine has 14 000 kWt power. The crew is 136 people and also 220 scientists can travel and do their work. It has 1250 rooms, including 86 science labs. It was built to be able to communicate via satellites with all top important things in Russia.  It had served variety of tasks. Most mind blowing is to come to Pacific and track Soviet missiles that were fired
from USSR to the middle of nowhere in Pacific. Also to support communication with Soviet space objects - MIR station, Soyuz spaceships etc., when the coverage from on ground stations is poor it could go to any place in ocean and stay there linking Earth with space. It has 75 antennas, including two huge 25 m sat dishes. It could support itself autonomously in ocean for over than 120 days. Main Ocean was the Atlantic Ocean. Let's see more:
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1 Moscow airport Sheremetyevo 1970-1980s

Moscow airport Sheremetyevo 1970-1980s

Sheremetjevo is a Moscow airport, probably most famous one out of a few it has. Here is how it looked in
1970s-1980s when the glorious TU-144s still were a frequent guest there. See those nice pics inside:
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