Mr. Mishainik has visited an abandoned Ural mountain mine and got this photo set and a story: During World War 2 most of Russian mining was moved to Ural. The mining volumes escalated tremendously – resources were in
high demand by the army. This is a visit to one such mine, built and mining ore for the needs of the army at that time. Even though production stopped decades ago, the cars are still loaded with ore.
The rocket cruiser "Ukraina" according to Wiki, is a Slava class Soviet cruiser laid down in 1983 but left unfinished when works stopped in the early 1990s due to financial constraints, and with Ukraine ownership. In 1997, Ukraine stated that it didn't need it and offered it for sale, as there was about 30 millions dollars
needed to complete the vessel. Russia first wanted to buy it reportedly, but in 2011 Russian navy sources stated that Russia is only interested in obtaining the cruiser if they can have it free of charge. So here it has stayed in the dock for years, equipped with the Navy version of S-300 rockets.
KA-18 is a Russian helicopter made by Kamov. Only about two hundred of these were built, with the first taking flight in 1955, according to Wiki. As Russian blogger Doroshenko reports, this particular KA-18 was built in
1960 for the All-Russian Exhibition Centre exposition of same year. Later it was used in the flight division stationed near Moscow city. In 1971 it was decommissioned but that didn't end its story...
Today it was Border Guard Day in Russia - the day when ninety-six years ago a Soviet Border Guard was established by the order of Sovnarkom (who reported to Lenin himself at time). Since then, the 28th of May is the day. Wiki says that
"foreign countries" that were previously a part of USSR honor this day for their border guards as well and celebrate it too. So Russian blogger Ilya went out to check on what the Moscow people were up to on Border Guard Day.
That's an another example of what a metal detector, a shovel and a few hours of hard work can bring you while wandering through the Russian forests. You can start digging virtually anywhere with a chance of a find, as if you stop on your trip through European Russia and take a few steps into the wilderness you for sure can find the surrounding landscape being strangely uneven. It looks like the solid ground is wavy, with depressions here and there. What those are is the old time army
trenches left from the World War 2 era, and they can be encountered in the woods, on the outskirts of the villages, etc. I recall seeing those things around very often, and many remain untouched with no visible traces of modern excavation present, so probably a good shovel can help you get something like the things depicted here too. More guns, coins, nazi memorabilia and even hand grenades and machine gun ammo loads can be seen inside this post.
Some time ago we had a few photos of a piece of technology called "Soviet Turbojet Train". The projected speed for this out-of-the-sixties monster was planned to be up to 360 km/h, and it set a record of 250 km/h on the Soviet standard railway. The project was discarded afterwards, partly due to the very high fuel
consumption of the jet engines compared to the engines of jet planes, and we thought the only train built was lost, but recently these guys discovered it rusting on the back ways of some railroad. So let's take a closer look on this unique example of Soviet technology out of 1960s and 1970s: