It's hard to believe but there is only one free tram in Russia. It operates in the village of Cheryomushky, and it is one of the smallest in the territory of Russia and the last created in the USSR and Russian
tram system. It was opened on 18 May 1991. Every morning, the village hears the solid thud of railway wheels, as the local tram delivers people to their work - the Sayano-Shushenskaya Power Plant.
This time we're visiting an abandoned porcelain factory. It has a history going back as far as 1816 when it was founded by two brothers. After the Russian revolution it was nationalized and became the property of the state, without ceasing production though. It is said the most popular products of the factory were hand painted tea sets. Later, after the
USSR collapse, the factory got into private hands again but stopped production totally in 2001. For some time afterwards, it was preserved by the owners but later they decided to scrap everything so the place became abandoned and it became possible for enthusiasts to sneak in and take some photos like the ones we have here today.
We added this video earlier today to the sidebar (by the way, this is a way to find all of the new videos - just look down the column on the right of the website - it says "Latest videos" and it has them appearing there, or subscribe to English Russia youtube channel). So what's so special about this particular video that it went from the sidebar to the main section is that this year the
Russian army parade on the Red Square had some GoPros (or similar) cameras installed on the vehicles - on tanks, APCs and so on. So this time we can get a view of what it looks like to go around the Red Square on a tank when others dance around or just watch. The best way to see this video is full screen as it's HD, you can get it full screen by clicking here.
The city of Chernobyl-2 is located to the north-west of the small town of Chernobyl, but it is impossible to find on any topographical map. Exploring the maps, you are likely to find a symbol for children, or the dotted lines of forest roads around the city, but no reference to either urban or technical buildings. The Soviet Union was able to hide a secret, especially if it was a military secret. Only with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant did it become known that a small town existed in the Polesian forests,
which was engaged in... "space espionage." In the 70's of the last century, there were created unique military radar systems to track ballistic missiles from military bases and submarines of the likely opponent. The radar that was created was named - horizon radar station (Duga). With it's enormous size and receiving antenna masts, Duga demanded a large human resource - about 1,000 people worked on military duty at the site. For the military and their families there was established a small town with one street.