Since the World War 2 was over there has been a tradition in Russia to conduct Russian Army Parades on the Red Square in Moscow. They have selected the best of the best soldiers from all the country to participate, the best armaments to show and it was rehearsed many times starting month or two before. Then in 1990s, when economic situation was not too good in Russia, there was a number 50th parade at the Red Square, in 1995. After that parade there was officially announced that now,
after 50 years has passed since the end of the war, this day would not be celebrated in such the grand manner. That meant no more mighty parades in future, no technics, just some soldiers marching. Well, I can't remember, why they changed their mind later, as far as I remember first year they kept the word and the parade was really minimalistic. But now the parades are triumphal again, here are some shots from the rehearsal of the upcoming event.
Birch tree juice drinking and harvesting is an old tradition in Russia. The main season for this fun is spring. Tens thousands of birch trees across the country become the source for this delightful liquid, harvested mainly by kids. Usually there are two methods of doing this. One is to make a hole in the tree body itself then put some kind of straw or pipe in the hole connected with some bottle. Usually the big wine bottle gets full of the birch tree
juice from one tree overnight. Another way is to brake a branch and just insert the branch into the bottle, then tie or tape the bottle to the branch. Russian expatriates abroad are often ask local groceries for bottled juice and very surprised when can't get it. Sometimes, when the spring nights are freezing, one can see his harvest place turned into this state as on those photos. Then he gets a frozen birch juice.
One Russian blogger has paid a visit to the modern Russian nuclear plant. Normally it is forbidden to take photos there, but they have made an exception for him. So now we have a rare chance to see what's inside of the Russian most modern power plant. This power plant is situated near Smolensk city. Its power
generation potential is 3 Megawatt and it was build for 8 years, from 1982 to 1990. There were planned to be four nuclear reactors, but because of the panic after the Chernobyl accident the forth block has not been completed, so there are three of them for now. Let's go inside.
We continue publishing some examples of Russian ingenuity. Russians themself think that their ingenuity mainly comes into play when the situation becomes drastically desperate, and when things go normal there is no need for this. Well, this time people got in some kind of close situation. Here is a small story. To understand it better you need to know how is usually looks like an appartment in just constructed house in Russia. As a rule, Russian constructing companies don't sell the appartments that you can just furnish and live in. They sell the bare concrete box, just the walls of brick or concrete with no electricity lines, no pipes, no wooden floors - just concrete slabs down and up, and often there are no any separation walls inside one appartment too. Many people like this approach because they can create anything in the give flat space, though they have to put everything
there by themselves. This is what happened in this case, construction works at this 18-stored house have just finnished and people have got their new concrete boxes to process further, but the elevators - it's also a common thing in Russia in freshly built houses - were not functional, this usually happens because the bureaucratic system that gives approvals for use of elevators is a whole different story for the construction itself. So people had no elevator but had to put all the materials that would be used to make their walls, floors, ceilings etc to 18th floor. Hiring the crane is expensive, buying small crane or hauler is also expensive. So look what they have done with their car and some rope. With it help they managed to deliever all the stuff to their flat and probably helped the neighbours too.