Believe it or not, but most Russian cities don't have parking enforcement in terms of paid parking. I mean that in most of the cities there is no any fee to park on the city streets, even downtown. Moscow, the capital, only got parking meters in 2013. Before that, most of the street parking in Moscow was free. As far as I understood, the new parking system implemented in Moscow uses video cameras to track the amount of time paid for. So basically, there are no parking officers circling around and checking for expired meters, but rather streets are equipped with cameras which track
the car plates and corresponding payments that can be made through the payment machines or by text message. However, people were not used to pay for something they were getting free for so long. I remember how the whole introduction of paid parking in Moscow caused negative responses and a sort of hysteria. So even almost a year after the implementation, people do tricks to avoid the payment. The most popular thing to do for this is to cover part of the plate with some object to prevent the cameras from reading your registration.
For more than 100 years, the citizens and guests of Kiev have actively used the funicular railway that connects Podol with the Upper Town. this unusual and unique transport system allows you to go up or down
the Vladimir hill quickly. The Kiev funicular was opened in 1905. Soon this unusual transport system will be 109 years old. This is the most classic photo shot of the funicular railway:
Shoina is a village on the coast of the White Sea. Houses in Shoina are being covered with white sand which comes from the beach. When it was built in the 1930s, the land was covered with forest and moss. Then, in the 1950s, the sand started coming in. At first, the three houses of the lighthouse keepers were covered. Sometimes a building could be covered with sand as quickly as
overnight. As a local, Natasha, said "one night we were just able to take the last things out of our old house and then the wind started blowing again, and the roof of our old house got covered with sand, like it was waiting for us to take the last of our belongings out. We were trying to save the motorcycle, and we didn't know if we would be able to get out".
After the recent events in Ukraine, some things have changed ownership. We have posted the house of Ukrainian president Yanukovich who had a two pound solid gold medal with his face on it and the house of his prosecutor general who was painted dressed as a Roman emperor in the picture found in his house. Now here is a ex-chief of the tax collection service of Ukraine, Alexander Klimenko. It has been reported that this tax collection service was founded by
Yanukovich two years ago. Presumably its main purpose was to improve tax collection across the country. They say that there were more than two hundred companies in Ukraine used for tax laundering, with the gross volume of transactions amounting to 200 billion in local currency. He was probably in charge of finding and closing all of these businesses, however he has fled the country too, and now photos of his office have been published.
The Soviet center for testing biological weapons on a godforsaken island in the Aral Sea existed for about 45 years. The town has a school, shops, a post office, a dining room, science labs, and, of course, a polygon, where extensive testing of deadly
biological agents, including anthrax, the plague, tularemia, brucellosis, and typhoid, was carried out. In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR, Soviet troops left the town and the polygon among the sands of the dying Aral Sea.
Today, I've read the story about a Russian, a Soviet citizen Sergei Krasnoperov, who was a soldier in Afghanistan in 1984 and then fled to the Mujahideen - the Muslim forces opposing the Soviet army there. Sergei, forty nine years old now, has served almost two years in Afghanistan, however according to his story, during the last months of his army service his relations
with other soldiers became unbearable. "They all joined against me and I couldn't respond. I even didn't want to flee - all I wanted was justice to those soldiers who abused me, but the officers didn't care. I didn't even have a gun at the time, or I would have just killed them." So he decided to flee and he did. He went to the nearest enemy forces and