Christmas Decorations
31 Klavdievskaya Factory of Christmas-Tree Decorations

Klavdievskaya Factory of Christmas-Tree Decorations

Klavdievskaya factory is one of not many that produced Christmas-tree decorations in Soviet period. The factory was founded in 1949 in Klavdievo, near Kiev and first was specialized on laboratory glass products. In 50’s it started to profile in producing
Christmas-tree decorations. Almost all of the production is exported (about 96%) to Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Great Britain, USA and etc. and only 4% stays in Ukraine. Let’s see how the process of making Christmas-tree decoration looks like.
Looking Into the Skies
12 Looking Into the Skies

Looking Into the Skies

Nowadays many people believe that the Soviet Union was the first in the field of space exploration. However, only few know that USSR also had great achievements in another close field – astronomy. During a long time the world’s biggest telescope called The Big
Azimuth Telescope or the BAT was located in this country. Moreover, it was constructed exclusively using Soviet technologies and developments, which demonstrated the country’s leadership in the field of optical instruments. Photo credits:1
Moscow City in Fog
19 Moscow City in Fog

Moscow City in Fog

Today our dish is picturesque photos taken from one of the
balconies of the business complex “Mirax Plaza” in Moscow.
Travelling Circus
11 Chapiteau


No more loud music. Actors are hidden behind the curtain. A tent circus is empty. But it only seems to be – life never quiets down here. Arena is the first thing seen by a circus child. They fall in love, fight and even pay their last tribute to the dead here. The author of these pics was lucky to come and see a real and unique circus wedding.
And of course it was celebrated at the arena. It differed from a regular wedding only in one thing – its modesty due to plain conditions of a mobile circus. The first impression is that these circus people are similar to the others. They indeed are, but barring one feature – their devotion to their occupation.

18 Worlds First Space Blogger

Worlds First Space Blogger

The online blog of astronaut Maksim Suraev is an event of international and spacewide standing. For the first time in history,
Russian cosmonaut will be posting news and different interesting stories with lots of photos straight from the outer space.
Russian artist

35 The Church Artist

The Church Artist

Ivan Shishman is a church artist. Besides he is a father of seven and drinks sometimes. This time he has
got an order from Crimean church to make an artwork on the inside surface of its domes.
Vkontakte Images
11 Social Network Art

Social Network Art

For several years Russia, as well as other former soviet republics, together with the rest of the Internet world suffers from expansion of the social network services. For the moment the most popular
of them here is Vkontakte (“in contact”). It is often considered (without any official confirmation) that its design, style and architecture were “stolen” from Facebook.
13 How the Salt Is Mined (And Not Only Kitchen Salt!)

How the Salt Is Mined (And Not Only Kitchen Salt!)

When you are 1500 feet deep, there’s no wind, there’s no ambient sound, and there’s no sunlight as well (no wonder!). However, ride on the elevator doesn’t take too long – during these seconds you virtually see your whole life in front of your eyes. The open cage whooshes downwards swinging around like crazy and your guts really seem to come all the way up to your throat! When you’re out of the cage, you arrive to a small platform, where multiple tunnels are intercrossed. These tunnels are
made for so called “taxis”, small diesel-powered vehicles that can transport 2 to 12 men, depending on their designation. The mine uptake is only a drop in the sea of shafts, since there are lots of tunnels, which lead to actual mining sites. The most distant longwall (which is the name of the place of actual mining) is 17 miles away from the elevator! The “taxi” drives at speed of 20-25 mph, so it takes quite some time for some miners to get to work.

10 Space things

Space things

As Russia is being the first country to cross the threshold of space, it has lots of so-called “Space cities”. Usually, they are situated in some cities where the
great Soviet and Russian cosmonauts were born and all the things from astronauts’ food to the models of most renowned space shuttles are displayed there.

9 Sayano-Shushenskaya again

Sayano-Shushenskaya again

As most of you know, some several months ago a real disaster happened on the one of the biggest hydroelectric power stations in the whole Russia. There was a huge explosion which burst the outward fortified walls. It is
thought that the accident happened because of negligence on the workplace and some people are still missing. Moreover it left all nearby towns and cities without electric light at all for a few days.

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