Seventy years ago exactly, from May 6 to 11, 1945 was held the Prague operation - the final strategic operation of the Red Army in WWII that resulted in liberation of Prague, Czechoslovakia. The photos compiled here are devoted to this very
event. They were published in the album "For eternal memory" ("Na vecne casy") in 1965 for the 20th anniversary of the Prague liberation. The pictures themselves were made by citizens of Czechoslovakia in those May days of 1945.
In 1944 the Soviet Union already lifted in spirits, the Red Army cleared almost all the Soviet territory of the enemy's presence except the west of Latvia. The capital started to live peacefully again: night restaurants were opened, different solemn events were held, eighty bronze sculptures preveously evacuated to Central
Asia, returned to the Moscow subway. Over a million of Soviet citizens were awarded with a medal "For Defence of Moscow". New schools and institutes were opening in the city, new subway stations were being built. One of the brightest events in 1944 was the march of German soldiers captured in Belorussia.
Photographer Andrey Nekrasov, 42, has made a long trip from his native Odessa, Ukraine thru Ulan-Ude to Baikal to dive under the ice of the world deepest lake at ambient temperature -20C. These images were photographed
on April 27, 2015 on Baikal lake that has five times more water than the five Great Lakes of North America all together do. Andrey managed to get into the cubic ice cave and take amazing photos there.
I remember a day when plumbers were changing cold water pipes in our apartment building in Russia. They were called in because the water was barely sipping from taps and it lasted for pretty long while and when it almost stopped running at all they were called in. When they cut off the old pipes they showed us what was inside and it still stays
in my memory. The pipe was fully stuffed by some totally unpleasant looking something with a thin thin small hole in the middle. Looks like in the past few years nothing much changed as here are some pipe samples posted by various Russian plumbers across variety of Russian websites which were compiled in this post.