We have posted different photo reports from Chernobyl and the exclusion zone. It's not very hard to get there nowadays as there are special companies that sell guided tours. However, there are still some places that are practically impossible to visit, at least without breaking the policies regarding local visitors restrictions. One such place is.. the power plant itself. The epicenter of the event, the place where the
explosion itself happened in 1986. However there are people who get very close to this. They get that close that they can peek inside and have a chance of getting inside the fifth block of the station - the one next to the exploded (fourth) one. Here is a photo report from Alexander, who got a chance of doing this. The photos are really creepy to me, you can almost feel what happened there.
There is a museum in Moscow where personal things of Joseph Stalin can be seen. Mikhail has visited this place and here are some photos he made. Those are Stalin's coats. If you recall Stalin from the old photos or the documentaries or even from the movies, looks like he was the fan of military style in his cloths and here are some real life pieces worn by him that survived till our time. Those are the: the
summer coat of USSR marshall (top notch military rank in Soviet country), overcoat, a civil grey jacket, a white summer USSR Marshall summer kitel (jacket) probably the one or similar to the one he was on Yalta and Tehran summit photos. Also Stalin's personal earflaps hat and another Russian military hat. Even Stalin didn't want to get cold with his head. Here what's next:
A few days ago there was a NAVY Day, now on the second of August, there is an Airborne Troops Day. This day was famous in Soviet times and then in Modern Russia as the day when ex-airborne soldiers meet up
in the city, drink and celebrate it in their style. Fountains appear to be their main points of attraction and here is a report from a big golden fountain in Moscow during Airborne Day.
One guy has posted his army daily meals online, instagram style, so we can now see too what is being served to a soldier. I am not sure what regiment he comes from, is the food the same all over the army? But anyways, here
we see breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you tell me if you find it yummy or yucky, healthy or not, if you could live on it or prefer to remain hungry. What about the meals is strange to your non-Russian eye?
If you are a small business owner - like a small shop keeper or you have a restaurant on a street corner, you will probably never be able to hire a world class celebrity to advertise for you. However, some people think that downloading a celebrity's photo from
the Internet and using it in their ads is pretty enough. Here are a few examples of how people use the faces of famous people in their small business ads in Russia. First ad with Harry Potter's face invites people to study english "easily".
Another hailstorm abruptly started in the Altai region a day ago. Hundreds of cars and buildings suffered, even the walls of buildings got holes, as the hailstorm was accompanied by stormy weather with high wind speeds. Here we have almost fifty photos of
the hailstorm's aftermath and the posts from the discussions boards. Here is one: "Those are Americans testing meteorological weapons. Soon you'll see this in Moscow. Every day." - said one person. See more photos and comments inside:
It was a wonderfully creative couple - Dmitry Vozdvizhenskiy and Nina Sviridova, who left plenty of interesting photographs - most of them are exhibited in museums today. They were not professional photographers - she was a teacher of
Russian, he was a postgraduate of the petrochemical institute, nevertheless they both were already in love with photography when met in the early 1960s. They met, found so much in common and never separated since then...