Diamonds appeared more than 300 billion years ago. First they were found in Kimberley, South Africa. The rich deposits of diamonds were opened in Yakutia in the mid 1950s, in general 1500 diamond pipes have been found in this region. 99% of all diamonds of Russia
and more than 1/4 of the all world diamonds are mined in Yakutia. Right now we are going to join blogger aslan and visit the city called Mirny - the diamond capital of Yakutia. The diamond pipe found there in 1955 became a city forming one.
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.