An Illegal trip to Chernobyl exclusion zone becomes more difficult and dangerous. You have to hide from any passing cars on your way there, you need to go at dusk and be sure nobody sees you. But despite of this, some people are eager to go to this place, to see everything with their own
eyes and and to feel the atmosphere of the strange. How else would you be able to see the Chernobyl power plant glowing at night, the places where radiation is still way higher than norm and other stuff not accessible for regular tour groups? More inside.
In Belarus police a special contest is being held. The winners will get the right to wear a maroon beret - a special headwear with a distinction. As being said policemen consider it to be a special insignia distincting the most brave amongst them. The
contest is open for Belarussian police special forces active members, but not only them can participate - others serving in military or even studying in the police university can test themselves and have a chance earning the beret.
Russia is the worlds leading country in diamonds export and production. It has been said that Russian alone accounts for 27.85% of worlds diamond production. Unlike the African diamonds, when sometimes they are been called "Blood Diamonds" for the negative consequences their trade causes to the locals and their origins sometimes unclear, Russian diamonds origins are pretty clear as 97% of Russian mined
diamonds are accounted for one company ALROSA - which is roughly 27% of worlds production. This company stock is more than two thirds belong to the Government of Russian Federation and local Yakutia regions. They say they would be able to keep the production at same pace for at least eighteen or twenty years more. And here goes a report of how some of the stones are being cut.
"The robbers of the Cossacks, which were pursued by the Tzar lived here . They were expelled from their villages, that's why they went away to dug caves and then lived in them. So that to earn for living, they attacked and robbed passing ships. Stepan Razin and his army were among them. There, in the caves it was a staging post, and the robber hid the loot
here. " The Semeykinskaya Cave is the most mysterious of all the caves of south Don. It has absolutely inexplicable from the standpoint of the religious needs a two hundred meter course with a ceiling height of over two meters and a width of up to five feet, but it is a dead end, leads nowhere and has a single-cell niche in the hall.
An air defense brigade based near Moscow has the new generation of anti aircraft missiles the S-400 "Triumph" or SA-21 Growler as NATO calls them. Those are still cannot be bought by foreign countries and are used for Russian defense only, however there was an information that China got an approval for getting some of those. But only after 2016 when Russian army is planned to get its stock of the missiles. As wikipedia
says those air defense missiles are unbeaten by any of the air defense systems in the world and is much more effective than American "Patriot" system. All the systems including this one are almost brand new as the first complexes were shipped only in 2007. So here are the widescreen, clickable photos of what is being called "the best ground-based air defense system in the world" by Pravda.ru: