Looks like a few of our previous posts were devoted to the Arctic exploration of more recent times, however before that, in the early 20th century, there were other Soviet people who laid the foundation for the contemporary Arctic visits.
The people who first reached the Northern pole, the ones who were governing uninhabited Northern territories, pioneers establishing the first Northernmost outposts. Want to take a look into the photographic story of them?
You probably remember that a few days ago there was a posting about the seasons changing in Franz Josef Land - one of the most Northern Russian islands, being on the latitude of Northern Greenland, and being
uninhabited. However, the fact that nobody lives there doesn't mean that there is no activity. In fact, there are tons of the old Soviet vehicles, tools, tractors, devices and you name it. Want to take a look?
The Baikal Amur railroad was "A project of a century" as Brezhnev said. It was a railroad to connect the middle of Siberia with the Pacific coast, with a length over 4,300 kms. And again, like the story of the exploration of the lands we had earlier, the main power to accomplish this were the young Soviets. They were attracted there by romantic stories of the exploration, a big help to the state, new horizons which will open this road to others, etc. You might find this naive and not too
motivating, but in the country where most of the people were getting the same payments and where there was not much diversity in the stores, and where the apartments were given away by the state and were not purchased, it made sense. People flocked there for a bit higher pay, for doing something new, to be useful, and of course to get free housing, etc. Songs were written about this project, people came from different parts of USSR to take part in it.
Just a few historical photos of one Soviet air defense point from a private album. Not many of these are published because in Soviet times it was harder to take photos on military sites, especially such
strategically important ones as air defense sites. Here we can see how 50 years ago the S-75 (and now there are the S-400) missiles were loaded, prepared, etc. If you like this kind of stuff lets see more inside: