2 Russian Empire in the Late 19th Century

Russian Empire in the Late 19th Century

If you, as many others here, like to see awesome old photos of the pre-communist Russian Empire in full color and of a large size, then you probably would be glad to know that a new series of photographs of  Russia has
been released by the Russian State Archive of Photo and Cinematic Documents. This depicts the Russian Empire on the verge of entering the 20th century, in full color and really huge posting for you to enjoy!
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6 Inside of the Russian Great Kronshtadt Cathedral

Inside of the Russian Great Kronshtadt Cathedral

Nikolski Sobor or Nikolski Cathedral in Krondshtadt is the largest and latest Old Russian Navy Cathedral in Russia - largest in the set of cathedrals built by Old Tsar Russian Navy for sailors and officers. It's always crowded as many people from all parts of
Russia travel to St. Petersburg and often visit the cathedral thanks to the new road which has been built on a dam going around St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea. Thanks to Yuri who visited it and tooks these awesome full screen photos.
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1 Russian Wooden Lace from Tomsk

Russian Wooden Lace from Tomsk

Sometimes we publish these masterpieces - real lace, looking light and exquisitely crafted on wooden houses of the past. Not all of them are well preserved, many of them were destroyed either by natural causes or by human activities as often they don't get the protection and attention they deserve,
so instead of referring to modern photos there are only archive photos left. So today another masterpiece of late 19th century wooden architecture - some of the photos are modern, some from the Soviet period and the oldest ones are from a long time before. Hope you like it!
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2 Russian Cosmonauts Training Center

Russian Cosmonauts Training Center

Thanks to the Russian blogger Evgeny, we are now about to see an awesome place - a Russian center where cosmonauts were trained to go into space. Evgeny says he was completely baffled how our ancestors were designing and creating all of these complex things without computers, printers and the Internet. Inside this posting you will see
some things that you have probably never seen or would not have a chance to see - a real copy of the Soviet Space Station MIR or a copy of the Russian modules of the ISS, you will learn what happens to a cosmonaut if he lands in America but has no American visa and much more cool stuff. Let's see what's inside!
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7 Meanwhile in Donetsk

Meanwhile in Donetsk

The Ukrainian mass media has published these photos of people, who are supposedly combatants in Donetsk and
Lughansk, spending some spare time in a botanical exploration of what the local nature can offer farmers.
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10 Abandoned Crimean Atomic Power Plant

Abandoned Crimean Atomic Power Plant

Crimea has experienced frequent electricity shortages for the last two years, with some parts of the peninsula getting their lights on only for a few hours a day. Russia is trying to build a technological bridge which would carry power cables to feed Crimea with electrical power
from continental Russia. In these unstable times, this might play a crucial role for the Crimean people had it not been abandoned and neglected in late Soviet times. Here are a few photos of the interior of this place, called Crimean Nuclear Power Plant.
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5 Russian Self Driving Truck KAMAZ

Russian Self Driving Truck KAMAZ

While the whole world engages in self-driving car mania - with Google self driving cars cruising the streets of San Francisco, Apple self driving cars are rumored to appear in the year 2017 and Audi sport cars go driverless
around a track at high speeds, Russia also has something to offer to the self-driving car business: self driving military KAMAZ trucks made their debut last week. There are pictures and a video inside:
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5 An Abandoned Orbita

An Abandoned Orbita

Another installation remains abandoned in Chukotka - a Russian region close to Alaska - an abandoned complex called "Orbita" or "An Orbit". It was pretty well preserved and locked for years but now it's all totally open and anyone can walk in. Of course anyone is a pretty big word for the Chukotka region, so desolate and far away that
even with all of the doors open, this place has probably not been visited at all. It takes a few days to get here from Moscow, changing planes a few times and then travelling by trucks or helicopters. A blogger who calls himself Zhzhitel went there and now we can see what's going on there. Let's see what's inside!
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6 Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

A famous Russian blogger Sergei, has recently traveled in his Land Rover through one of the most distant Russian highways - Kolyma. In fact the name of this region, after which the highway is named, is often used in the Russian language to mean "the place very
far away and inhabited by prisoners." However, as Sergei says, it is at the same time scary and beautiful "as often happens". He says that this is the most beautiful road he has ever traveled in Russia (and he has traveled a lot) but...
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4 Russian Porcini Hunt

Russian Porcini Hunt

It's fall and in Russia its time to hunt mushrooms. Russian villagers call mushrooms "free pork" - implying that mushrooms have as much protein as meat and also tastes good if prepared
correctly. The king of the Russian mushroom hunt is Beliy Grib or "White Mushroom" known as Porcini, or sometimes bolete, to the Western World. Here it is, in the pic above.
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