As Habarnew recalls, 1977-1979 were the years when Russian-Chinese tensions were at their peak. And the memories of the Russian border guards serving there at these times matched the situation: "At that time we always went patrolling in pairs. It was not a big pleasure to meet such a gang from the other side. We tried to detect
them earlier than they could see us. However once I happened to face three of them alone. It was stupid thing to do on my part." According to those memories, Chinese border guards sometimes offered to buy things from the Russians, teased them or simply made obscene gestures, such as in the next two photos:
This is one of only sixteen ever built (as Wikipedia says). Fifteen of those had production numbers from 77101 to 77115. This particular plane is 77110. It has 247 flight hours, of which 116 hours were of supersonic flight. Since June 1st, 1984, this plane hasn't risen up into
the sky, so today so to say is its thirty year anniversary of total non-flying. Let's see a few photos of it from 1984 until the present time, you can see the year of the photo imprinted on the bottom of the photos, which were prepared by Valeri Timoffev.
The recreation center "Emerald" is located on the shores of the cooling pond of the Chernobyl NPP. The center includes about 100 wooden summer houses where people can stay which are located in a beautiful pine grove. The "Emerald" offered for
guests a library, a ballroom, a boat station, a cinema, and a shop. After the accident, the "Emerald" was not abandoned immediately. Liquidators settled there. Their respirators and other stuff can still be found in the area ...
This stand is for testing rocket engines and is situated in the Saratovskaya region. A rocket engine was installed on it and was worked in different modes. During the test, the whole team of engineers was in the observation post, which had thick walls of
reinforced concrete. The entire process was controlled remotely. A special cooling system was a supporting structure of the stand. The water was circulated through the pipes to the tank with water which was located downstairs.
Recently, the Belarus president has been mentioned in the news for supposedly wanting to restrict the villagers of Belarus from changing their place of residence and place of work, chaining them to their current locations. Later, he said the press didn't get his words
right, and he didn't want to enslave the peasants but was, on the contrary, talking about the managers calling for them not to change workplaces and to stay where they are. Anyway, these are the photos from AP about Belarus and life in its villages.