2 Soviet Ukraine: Photos of City of Kherson in Different Years

Soviet Ukraine: Photos of City of Kherson in Different Years

Russian Queen Ekaterina has founded Kherson as a fortress and shipbuilding dock in 1778. It was first ever Russian Black Sea Navy base. Soviet power over Kherson was established in 1920 after a short Russian Civil War.
 Biggest population of Kherson ever  - 365,000 people - was in 1989, right before the USSR collapse. Then it became a part of a independent Ukraine. Let's see some photos of the place during the Soviet reign:
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2 All Cosmonauts of USSR: Their Photos and Little Stories

All Cosmonauts of USSR: Their Photos and Little Stories

Since we are doing "Cosmonautics Day" today, here is another posting. Here is a set of Soviet postcards showing
all Soviet cosmonauts. Each postcard has a photo of a cosmonaut and his small story. Let's see, nice set.
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2 Rare Photos of Yuri Gagarin During His First Fifteen Hours After First Flight to Space

Rare Photos of Yuri Gagarin During His First Fifteen Hours After First Flight to Space

So since it's "Cosmonautics Day" today in Russia which is devoted to first flight to space, let's see some more interesting "Cosmonautics" photo. Namely we have here
photos of Yuri Gagarin made during first fifteen hours after he returned from his first ever flight to space. First photo is made two hours after he landed.
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5 Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Today Russia celebrates the official "Cosmonautics Day" - space topic is all over screens today and even president Putin went to see new Russian movie about a space exploration. However, there is a page of history of USSR and now Russia which is pretty much sad and shows that the progress of space exploration in Russia doesn't advance now. Baikonur is a huge space launching
site. It was built and used by USSR but now is left in Kazakhstan. On it's territory there is a huge hangar where two artefacts of Soviet space legacy remains. They stay here for over twenty years behind the close doors and are covered with thick layer of dust. Russian blogger Ralph went there and now we have the pictures here, let's see:
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0 Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980

Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980

Take a look at this nice vid. A Japanese TV, namely TBS company, went to Moscow in year 1980 and filmed what they saw there. Pretty interesting to watch now, Japanese is known for their search for pecularities rather that just filming around, so they filmed some nice details
of life during that time in USSR. What can be noted - people, especially men, are much less fat than now. Woman who published this video says her husband was an operator for this footage and got himself a copy. Watch before they take it down (they can).

4 USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan

USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan

Today we continue publishing rare archive photos of USSR during its late times. Here is a photographer Vadim Kachan who was enjoying photographing
people during 1980s. He lived at time in Minsk (now Belarus) and was a constant in a local photography club. Let's take a look at his photos:
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4 Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol is a city in Crimea. Was stormed by British and French during siege of Sevastopol in 1854. Was a bombed by nazis during WW2. Was a navy base during USSR. Stayed as a Russian naval base in 1990s after USSR collapsed. Was declared to be a Russian city by
Russian parliament in 1993. Parliament got bombed by Yeltsin, the decision had to be taken back (for the first time in history). No matter of it's rich history was pretty calm and nice city in 1970s. Let's see some postcards of the city at that time:
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2 Gagarin’s museum in Smolensk, Russia

Gagarin’s museum in Smolensk, Russia

Tomorrow's day is marked as "Cosmonautics Day" in Russia and some other ex-Soviet countries. It's devoted to the first flight to space made on this day, fifty six years ago. For this ocassion let's visit a Gagarin's
museum in Smolensk, Russia and see what they got there. It's the biggest museum in all Smolensk region and have a lot of cool stuff there too see - like the house of Yuri Gagarin, where he lived, slept etc.
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2 Funny Photos from Russian Army

Funny Photos from Russian Army

  In USSR there was a saying that anyone who served in an army, doesn't laugh in circus anymore. There were plenty of reasons for this - army was seemed a tough experience for most of young Soviet boys. In modern Russia they say army
became much more pleasant, you don't serve two years anymore, just one, you get better food, better cloths, you can have your mobile phone etc. But still army is a supplier of funny photos and we tap in some of those here:
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2 Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov

Soviet Photographer Vladimir Zotov

Soviet photographer Vladimir Zotov, born in 1939, was spending most of his life photographing Soviet people. Worked as a photographer in Soviet newspapers. He remembers that newspapers in USSR were paying
very little to their photographers, he lived mostly from side projects like photographing weddings, kids etc. However he kept working because he liked photography. Here are a few of his works:
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