71 Russian Tank Recovered from the Lake After 50 Years Been There

Russian Tank Recovered from the Lake After 50 Years Been There

WW-II Trophy tank 14 September 2000, a Komatsu D375A-2 pulled an abandoned tank from its archival tomb under the bottom of a lake near Johvi, Estonia. The Soviet-built T34/76A tank had been resting at the bottom of the lake for 56 years. According to its specifications, it's a 27-tonne machine with a top speed of 53km/h. From February to September 1944, heavy battles were fought in the narrow, 50 km-wide, Narva front in the northeastern part of Estonia. Over 100,000 men were
killed and 300,000 men were wounded there. During battles in the summer of 1944, the tank was captured from the Soviet army and used by the German army. (This is the reason that there are German markings painted on the tank's exterior.) On 19 September 1944, German troops began an organised retreat along the Narva front. It is suspected that the tank was then purposefully driven into the lake, abandoning it when its captors left the area.
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94 Buran, The First Russian Shuttle

Buran, The First Russian Shuttle

Did you know that there was a space shuttle built in Russia, which has made a few successful flights but then the research project was closed due to lack of funding after the collapse of Soviet Union? The BURAN orbiter was the first reusable manned space vehicle in Russia. The BURAN orbiter is the space airplane which may descent from an orbit and land to an airdrome. The BURAN was Russian first vehicle capable not only to put pay-loads into Space, but also to provide their orbit maintenance and
repair as well as return to the Earth. The BURAN predecessors could execute only separate roles: VOSTOK and SOYUS vehicles were intended only for crew flights, PROGRESS - for cargo delivery onto the orbital station. Put into the orbit by a rocket carrier of the average size they had modest transport potentials. Whereas the cargo flow on the Earth-orbit line increased and the development of a reusable vehicles of large carrying capacity has become inevitable.   
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10 Video of a Floodlight Tower Blasted in St. Petersburg

Video of a Floodlight Tower Blasted in St. Petersburg

This is the video of how the floodlight tower was blown up on the stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was devastated on purpose, as a step on the way to removing the old
stadium before the new one would be built. Still it’s impressive how a huge construction is falling down right on the stadium field, slowly and gracefully.
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madonna in russia - casual photos
13 Madonna Casual Photos

Madonna Casual Photos

These photos were made in Moscow when Madonna was visiting a school for kids that don't have parents. It's cool
to see her not photographed by some special event photographer, but just in a casual everyday life.
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20 Animal Rights Activists Liberated 30,000 Minks At Once

Animal Rights Activists Liberated 30,000 Minks At Once

A Russian Animal Rights Activists group "Animal Liberation Front" or "ALF" have made an extreme action in St. Petersburg region. They liberated 30,000 minks from the cages whom were held on the territory of the farm. They got inside the farm, crushed the fences and opened cages where 30 thousand minks were held. The animals ran away, only a small fraction of them were captured next day. The damaged caused by the ALF actions was estimated at $300,000.
The owners of the farm had to suspend all the workers of the farm, thus a whole village was left without a job. In a few days another group of "ALF" tried to penetrate to another farm of the same owners. They came to the farm on two light trucks and a few passenger cars, but the security service of the farm was able to repulse an attack. Here is the video made by "ALF" while their visit to the first farm:
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13 A Tip For Better Parking

A Tip For Better Parking

If you would travel to Russia and don't see enough space for parking in a
big city, you can park like this Nissan owner in St. Petersburg.  
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chernobyl photos
498 Lost City of Chernobyl

Lost City of Chernobyl

"In matters nuclear one thing is certain: there is no protection in an iron curtain." A letter in The Times May 3rd, 1986. On the 26th of April 1986 shortly after midnight, to be precise, at 1:23 GMT, there occurred near the Ukrainian town of Chornobyl a tremendous explosion at a huge nuclear power plant, followed by a gradual meltdown of the reactor No. 4. Chornobyl is situated 80 miles north-west of Kiev, the ancient capital of Ukraine and the Soviet Union's third largest city. It was by far the worst nuclear reactor accident ever, which immediately sent a radioactive cloud across neighbouring Byelorussia, Poland and the Baltic Republics towards Scandinavia. Within days, borne by shifting winds, radioactive mists wafted beyond Soviet borders and spread across most of Europe causing anxiety, apprehension and fear. The most badly affected
were the Republics of Ukraine and Byelorussia. They suffered large scale involuntary irradiation, due to extensive secrecy, and great economic damage. Furthermore the contaminated air mass passed over large areas of Poland and also over parts of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia and a number of West European countries. Till now the land is abandoned, thousands of houses, thousands acres of the land, everything is now stays almost the same as it was 20 years ago. Nowadays there guided tours are being conducted to this area. These photos are made by Alexandr Vikulov, pikul2001@mail.ru while participating in such a trip. This Soviet Era sign indicates the entrance to Chernobyl county. Many of the things there stand unchanged since Soviet union times.
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21 Russian Magic Square

Russian Magic Square

Probably some of you have already seen a Black Magic Square, but it has been said it is of Russian origin so I would list it here. Just follow the instructions
below and you probably would be amazed. If you have already seen it, just skip, I don't know how widely this thing is known across the Internet.
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russian village
16 Castle In Countryside

Castle In Countryside

Some rich Russians from countryside still prefer to live in castles. At least this one does: From a first site
it's a common Russian village. Almost without roads to it as it very often happens in Russian countryside.
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russian show of maddona could be bombed
12 Madonna Could be Bombed

Madonna Could be Bombed

Today, 12th of September, 2006 in Moscow is going to be a great show by Madonna. It has been said before that Madonna was very scared of her trip to Russia because she was threatened by anonymous people of Russian origin, demanding her to cancel the show, that’s why she wanted the security measures of the show to be extra high class ones. Two girls, two journalists of some Russian newspaper decided to check those
extra measures. They decided to make a fake alarm clock bomb and take it inside the show as much closer to the main arena as possible. They had to pass five security checks.   First they have got a big box and an alarm clock that they put inside. They made two of such fakes, put them in their bags and came to the “Luzhniki” concert hall – a big covered stadium in Moscow.
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