17 Assorted Russia, Part 50

Assorted Russia, Part 50

New vodka is sold in Russian shops today. It is called Khokhlushka (a Ukrainian woman) and
is closed with a bottle cork that is made in the form of the head of Julia Timoshenko.
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1 Construction of the Zhigulyovskaya Hydroelectric Station

Construction of the Zhigulyovskaya Hydroelectric Station

The idea of hydroelectric station on the Volga near Samara Bend was proposed by Gleb Krzhizhanovsky in 1910. Ten years later K. V. Bogoyavlensky proposed a hydroelectruc station near Perevoloki, utilizing naturally existing water level difference. The disrupted economic system of the time did not allow this project to be realized. In the early 1930s the Volga near Samara Bend and Yaroslavl was surveyed, and some dam projects were proposed. In 1937 the project of a dam near the villages of Perevoloki and Krasnaya Glinka was approved. Forced
labour from Kuybyshev Camp was used (up to 30,000 people). In the autumn of 1940, oil fields were found near construction site, causing a suspension of construction. The Hydroproject Institute made a survey in 1949, after which a decision was made to build the hydroelectric station near Zhigulyovsk. August 21, 1950, the project to create a station with installed power of 2.1 gigawatts was approved and construction was started. In the photograph: before the construction, the Volga River, 1950.
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14 The Vehicles That Can Reach The Most Hardly Accessible Places On Earth

The Vehicles That Can Reach The Most Hardly Accessible Places On Earth

The city of Ishimbay is called second Baku. In 1930 they started development of the second largest oil field with the first one being developed in Baku. In 1960 Baku occupied the first position in the list of places known for oil extraction in the USSR. And only
after a new oil field discovery in Siberia Ishimbay city started losing its former importance. Today we'll visit the place where one of the Russian great legends that contributed to development of oil and exploration of the North was born.
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9 On The Armor Of The Victory 2012

On The Armor Of The Victory 2012

On the Armor of the Victory 2012 is a military-historical-technical festival held in Kiev on February
26th, 2012 to celebrate Defender of the Motherland's Day. Some photos for your attention.
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10 Reduced To Ruins

Reduced To Ruins

"Enamel hollowware department". Check out a photo coverage from a factory in the Vladimir
Region which used to produce enamel hollowware but has been reduced to ruins...
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14 Approaching the Abandoned Soviet Radar

Approaching the Abandoned Soviet Radar

The beauty of every place lost in time is revealed in a certain season. The place we'll be visiting today
looks the best in the middle of autumn as the construction seems even more magnificent in rainy weather.
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2 Automatic Telephone Exchange In Kaliningrad

Automatic Telephone Exchange In Kaliningrad

The first generation of the automatic telephone exchange used in Russia was a decade-step exchange. The decade-step exchange was replaced with a crossbar exchange which in its turn was followed by a quasi-electronic exchange and digital exchange. You are unlikely to find a decade-step exchange
today while there are plenty of crossbar exchanges in the country. So, let us take you to Kaliningrad to show you a crossbar exchange belonging to Rostelecom, Russia's leading long-distance telephony provider. There are two crossbar exchanges in the building on the right.
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7 Water For Cosmonauts

Water For Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union's striving for being the first in everything let the country go down in history as the leader in space exploration. It created laboratory complexes which although became
outdated are still fit for use. However, many of them will never make it until modernization. This report is about one of such labs, still alive but doomed for "extinction".
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26 Jaguar Generation

Jaguar Generation

Seems that Russia
doesn't need enemies..
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2 Architecture And Interior Photography Of Siberian Cities

Architecture And Interior Photography Of Siberian Cities

Check out this collection of photographs picturing architecture and interior
design of the buildings of Novosibirsk and other cities of Siberia.
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