8 The First Photos of Moscow

The First Photos of Moscow

It is commonly believed that the first photo was made by a Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. As for the first daguerreotypic photos of Moscow - they are dated July 5th, 1839. It's when citezens found out about the amazing machine, dagguereotype, that created incredibly precise images without any drawing or painting. The first photos were shown to public on October 23rd in the shop of K. A.
Beckers, he both sold the new magic devices and made photos of the city to order. The first known to public photos of the Russian capital are dated 1842. Exposure took 30 minutes then, photos were colored, added figures of people to. So they sooner resembled painted pictures. The unique photographs you are about to see are the oldest dagguereotypic images of Moscow.

68 Donetsk in 2016

Donetsk in 2016

Russian traveller Anton Krotov has travelled to Donetsk recently and decided to post his travel photos.
Thanks to this we are able to see what's going on in this region right now. Please see photos inside:

3 Joseph Stalin, the Locomotive

Joseph Stalin, the Locomotive

The innovative streamline lomotive was designed to apply the newly received data - in the 1930s they had found out that such shape of the locomotive would give extra 200-250 hp at acceleration more than 100 km/h.
Locomotive "Joseph Stalin" (JS20-16) was built by 1937, it could speed up to 155 km/h. This practice was subsequently used for creation of high-speed locomotives of type 2-3-2 (P12 and № 6998).

16 Crimea: the Sun of Russia

Crimea: the Sun of Russia

This is "The Album of the Sun of Russia" published a century ago, in 1914. It is rather interesting to see the sunny Crimea on these
colorless pictures of the time long gone. Many people would recognize familiar places, some of them look the same even today.

1 Cool Submarine Brazier

Cool Submarine Brazier

Defender's day in Russia is about to come (Feb, 23) and all women puzzle over presents for their men. Hot to restrain from buying another perfume, tie or socks? We
bet that the luckiest of them will get this amazing submarine brazier! BBQ season is going to be fine! The maker is ready to sell it for some $800.

1 They Were Ready with Massive Nuclear Retaliation

They Were Ready with Massive Nuclear Retaliation

Blogger samozvanka_0 with her friends have been to the Kaluga region of Russia to see narrowly known abandoned unified command posts located forty kilometers one from another. In fact a unified command post represents a metal twelve-level container with height 33m, diameter 3,3m, weight 125 tons. It is suspended by means of the shock
absorprion system in the standard missile pit. Each level accomodated its own specific equipment. The upper one served as a recreation zone for personnel. System "Perimeter" was the complex for automatic control of a massive nuclear retaliation. It was created in the Soviet time at the height of the Cold War.

2 Making Russian Helicopters For Arctic

Making Russian Helicopters For Arctic

Ulan-Ude aircraft factory is one of the largest and oldest In Russia. It used to make both aircrafts and helicopters but today it specializes in making Mi-8 helicopters (Mi-171 is an export version). In November
2015 the factory gave a new modification to the military for their work in the Arctic region - Mi-8AMTSH-VA. Blogger fyodor-photo thought this to be a good reason to pay a visit to the factory.

0 Pripyat Chernobyl as Seen from Sixteen Stored Buildings Rooftops

Pripyat Chernobyl as Seen from Sixteen Stored Buildings Rooftops

Russian Blogger Alexandr P. is one of the few people (and photographers) who have been on all the tallest rooftops of Chernobyl and made photos of surrounding views from all of them. He says that there is seven in total such buildings all of them are sixteen floor
typical Soviet residential complexes, abandoned. He climbed those rooftops during his numerous trips to Chernobyl during different seasons of the year. Because it's winter now, let's see the winter Pripyat from a rooftop for a starters, let's go inside:
11 Russian Invention Can Create Safe Passages in the Mine Fields!

Russian Invention Can Create Safe Passages in the Mine Fields!

  Take a look at this video! This is how Russian invention that's called "TROPA" or "the path" in English works. It's very helpful for minesweepers - it creates a "path" or "tropa" inside of the mine field for the troops safely pass thru. The most interesting in this is how it works. The process involves a small rocket. A soldier
ties a hose full of explosives to this rocket and launches it. It flies to the other end of the mine field and lands there with the explosives hose attached. Then the operator explodes this hose and this way a safe way appears inside the mine field! Watch this short video to see it in action!    

8 Flooding in Moscow in February

Flooding in Moscow in February

Russia - frosty land of snow and freezing temperatures in February? Not anymore. Flooding on Moscow streets today, how usual is that?
Highly unusual and strange - streets flooded with over 30cm of water in some places, people shocked and amused. Let's see how it was:

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