The Project 941 submarine (NATO reporting name: Typhoon) is a type of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine deployed by the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. With a submerged displacement of 48,000 tons, the Typhoons are the largest class of submarine ever built, large enough to accommodate decent living facilities for the crew when submerged for months on
end. The Russian Navy canceled its Typhoon modernization program in March 2012, stating that modernizing one Typhoon would be as expensive as building two new Borei-class submarines. With the announcement that Russia has eliminated the last SS-N-20 missile in September 2012, the remaining Typhoons have reached the end of service.
The exclusion zone around Chernobyl applies to part of the territory of Belarus also. Several days a year everyone has the right to legally enter into the Belarusian part of the zone of radioactive contamination. On Radunitsa - Belarusian holiday, thousands of people go to the
cemetery located behind the barbed wire and signs warning of a "Radiation hazard." This is an opportunity to see how the area has changing over the years, without the presence of people, and to have a look at it from the highest point of the Belarusian part of the zone.
Today was May Day in Russia and it was a day off. The tradition for it to be a day off comes from Soviet times and for the Soviet people it was not just a day off but also a day of "demonstration", as the parades people were having on
the holidays were called. People participated partly by their own will, and partly because they were forced by the state to participate. These are the photos of one of those "demonstrations" from a May Day in the 1970s.
Glass dome, QR codes, what is this all about? A whole QR code house was built in one of Moscow parks. Almost all of its internal surfaces are covered with QR codes. From time to time they flash and light up in a random order to attract the attention of the
visitors. Visitors are being handled a handheld device to scan them with. Then they get some sort of information and other things through the scanned code. I don't find the idea to be particularly useful, however it looks pretty cool to me.