If there is a fire around but no fire trucks, then an MI-26 helicopter can bring you a fire truck on demand. As the author of the photos says, it takes less than two minutes to load the truck into the helicopter. He says those MI-26's can carry a payload of up to 20 tons and the crew of each is six
people. Also, the engines of the beast are rated at 11,400 horse power. The fire truck goes inside fully loaded with water in its tank, so if there is a fire somewhere where no trucks are available, they can be delivered in minutes right to the place. More photos are inside.
"Apartments of Chernobyl." What does this phrase mean, what associations it cause in your mind? Unlike the fully resettled and long abandoned Pripyat, where only the laundry is operating now, the city of Chernobyl is partly residential - workers live there - liquidators who undertake
the construction of a new Chernobyl containment structure and totally eliminate the consequences of the accident. In the city there are also old abandoned sectors, consisting mainly of the private sector. Since 1986, only the wind of emptiness walks there.
A few photos of missile launch facilities. Some of them are new, some are old, some are closed and some are unfinished. Most of them are from the Saratov city region. The first one you see above is an unfinished one, a silo for three R-14 missiles, which was being constructed near Saratov city in Russia in the 1960s and
1970s. Some say the reason for abandoning the project was that the rocket it was built for became obsolete before it was finished. Also some think that the project was found to be ineffective by placing three rockets in one place, because if it was nuked by the enemy three rockets would be lost at once.
Sadon and Halon - these villages were destroyed by mudslides in the not so distant past, in 2002. For more than a century, nonferrous metallurgy was considered to be the foundation of the North Ossetian industry. Mining began to develop here in the 1850s, with the participation of foreign capital. The
Alagirsky silver-plumbum plant was built, and development of Sadonskoe mine had began. In 1886, the Belgian miners built the towns of Halon and Sadon, and they survived until 2002. Then the mudflows flooded the mines and buildings were ruined. Today, Sadon and Halon are dangerous to live in.
A few pics from an abandoned salt mine village in the Altai region of Russia. As Dmitriy, the blogger, says, In the 1970s this place had almost 2,000 inhabitants, most of them supported by working the salt mine in the village. In the
1990s the place went bankrupt, the salt from this village couldn't compete with cheaper salt from elsewhere. Lately people are again returned to the place but salt production can't be compared to the previous volumes.
A homeless dog found kittens in the trash hut, then started to protect and feed them. "Kids have found kittens in the scrap yard, and made a little hut for them. But then a stray dog appeared and started living
with the kitties. It doesn't eve eat the food that is for the kittens." - says Natalya, a nearby resident. The dog has reportedly stayed with the kittens inside the hut for more than three weeks.