One hundred years ago winters in Russia were much more severe. They were so severe that in St. Petersburg they have opened a tram that went on ice of Neva river from one bank to another for 0.03 ruble price, it's like 3 cents because ruble exchange rate to dollar was almost equal at that times. The tram-on-ice system got very popular due to low cost compared to other
means of on-ground transportation and short time needed to cross the river and was in use for a few years consequently. It was so popular that visitors from other Russian towns told stories about it in their local places and some time later the same on-ice tram was launched in Nizhniy Novgorod, you can see it on the down-most photo below.
These photos don't need comments. These are photos of Russian kids adopted from "children's home" the worst place for a kid to be. They get there a budget of $100/mo for each kid, they don't have toys they don't have love
of parents it's sad and that's great that there are people even in Russia who can adopt and save kids. All the photos are in "Before and After" manner, you can easily tell where is the "before" photo.
In 1971 Communist government of Soviet Russia has order a development of the smallest passenger helicopter in the world that could carry one person and can be folded in the tube that can be carried also by one person. They had plans to use it on the
benefit of Soviet Army and Russian intelligent service. Here we can see what they got as a result of this order. It was a Ka-56 "Wasp" helicopter, fully functional and could be used and between uses carried by one man.
This is a photo series of a first Russian mall in Moscow. It's more than 120 years old and these photos are not newer. There are three stages one can see on the photos. At first the old mall buildings were renovated and new stores were built, then a few
photos of a crowd having good time on the party dedicated to the grand opening and then go photos of the new mall opened to public. This was long before the communist took power in Russia, it was a capitalistic, Tsar ruled old Russia..