1 BEAUTY OF THE KRASNOYARSK EGRAKI HILLS

Beauty of the Krasnoyarsk Egraki Hills

Russian blogger Dmitry is traveling thru Siberia and shared with his readers a few photos of awesome the Egraki hills near Krasnoyarsk. Nature is really stunning there. Just a few shots but the views are
awesome and can be opened full screen. He says you can get all this beauty just literally from the car window. But he also went deeper into the woods to make the best possible shots.
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9 Abandoned  City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

Abandoned City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

A Pyramida  (Pyramid)  Village is a Russian town that has stayed untouched since 1990s when it was abandoned shortly after the collapse of the USSR. The difference between this particular Soviet town and many other abandoned sites we've seen is its location. It's not in Russia. Yes, it is based on a Norwegian island Svalbard or Spitzbergen as its called in Dutch and in Russia. In Soviet times
Russians have a right to use this part of the island and even had couple of towns there. But now it is all abandoned and has not beem destroyed or rampaged by looters as its too far away from Russia and permafrost preserves things well. Let's see what's there.   Thanks to prominent Russian blogger and traveler Sergey D. we can now dip into some well preserved Russian past:
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3 Large Russian Aircraft Repair Factory in Staraya Russa

Large Russian Aircraft Repair Factory in Staraya Russa

Now while Russia is engaged in Syria the airplanes sooner or later would need to get repaired. So let's take a look at an awesomely huge aircraft repair factory in the Staraya Russa town. Thanks to Marina who made those
awesome photos (again!). This aircraft repair shop is the biggest in Russia and most successful after USSR collapse. It repairs all sorts of large aircraft, both civil and military. Let's take a look:
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36 The First Bridge to Crimea is Completed

The First Bridge to Crimea is Completed

          According to Russian media the first bridge connecting continental Russia and Crimea peninsula has been completed.  Previously Crimea had no direct roads to Russia, you could get there either thru Ukrainian mainland or thru ferries from Russian coast. They have found the narrowest path in the Kerch Straight and started
building a bridge to connect Russia to Crimea. Now it's done. It's a technical bridge yet, not open for a general public, however trucks are already able to cross the sea and go to Crimea. Also it carries electric cables to feed electricity to the peninsula. A few details on the bridge and how it is built are inside.  
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4 Russian Crimea in 1974-1976

Russian Crimea in 1974-1976

For all those who enjoy seeing old nostalgic photos of the Soviet era, these are really cool
colored photos of people living their lives in resort area of Russian Crimea. Really atmospheric!
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4 When One Lada is not Enough

When One Lada is not Enough

When you like your LADA that much that it seems not enough to just drive one, then you build probably something like this. A LADA and then a piece of some more LADA to tow behind.
Meet LADA + 1/2 LADA in a project of Russian designer Ramil. He got this LADA as a present from his Brother and decided to make something cool than just one LADA.
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3 Russian Combat Helicopters KA-52s  Being Prepared

Russian Combat Helicopters KA-52s Being Prepared

As soon as the Russian air force began its strikes in Syria and there is the possibility of more military weapons and personnel arriving to the Middle Eastern country soon, we want to show you what is being prepared for combat. These are KA-52s helicopters called "Alligators". Back in Afghanistan Soviet Union used a lot of helicopters to fight pre-Taliban forces. Then in modern day Afghanistan
American forces use a lot of helicopters too which proved to be very useful to fight small groups of the enemy.  So it's kind of unlikely to us that some of these are going to arrive (if not yet arrived) in Syria soon. Meanwhile they are being intensely trained in Russia.  Thanks to Yuri, a blogger we have a chance to take a peek at the latest Alligator drills.
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9 Inside Russia’s Most Powerful Nuclear Power Plant

Inside Russia’s Most Powerful Nuclear Power Plant

Balakovo Russian Nuclear Power Plant is the most powerful and largest Russian nuclear plant. Over 30 Billion kW/h of electricity being produced here each year which is 1/5 of total Russian electric
power output! However in the world it's only the 51st largest. Anyway the place is magnificent and thanks to awesome Russian blogger Slava has visited it and made awesome photos:
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8 Russian SU-25SM Attack Bombers in Syria

Russian SU-25SM Attack Bombers in Syria

If you track the Middle East news recently, there is a lot of talk about Russian SU-25SM attack bombers spotted in Syria, both in satellite
photos of foreign intelligence and also in the recent French video some French tourist took in Latakia, Syria. Here is bit more about it.
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2 Mining Gold in Russian Kolyma

Mining Gold in Russian Kolyma

Remember a recent posting where Sergey went to Kolyma and enjoyed beautiful views there? (If not you can see it here). So here is another report by this brilliant Russian blogger. While staying there - at Kolyma - which is famous
in Russia for its large volume gold mining industries - he visited some gold producing sites and made a report on how gold is actually being mined now there. Sergey even found some gold himself! Interesting stuff.
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