As soon as the Russian air force began its strikes in Syria and there is the possibility of more military weapons and personnel arriving to the Middle Eastern country soon, we want to show you what is being prepared for combat. These are KA-52s helicopters called "Alligators". Back in Afghanistan Soviet Union used a lot of helicopters to fight pre-Taliban forces. Then in modern day Afghanistan
American forces use a lot of helicopters too which proved to be very useful to fight small groups of the enemy. So it's kind of unlikely to us that some of these are going to arrive (if not yet arrived) in Syria soon. Meanwhile they are being intensely trained in Russia. Thanks to Yuri, a blogger we have a chance to take a peek at the latest Alligator drills.
Remember a recent posting where Sergey went to Kolyma and enjoyed beautiful views there? (If not you can see it here). So here is another report by this brilliant Russian blogger. While staying there - at Kolyma - which is famous
in Russia for its large volume gold mining industries - he visited some gold producing sites and made a report on how gold is actually being mined now there. Sergey even found some gold himself! Interesting stuff.
Thanks to awesome Russian blogger calling himself su_30m, we are able to see what is supposed to be top secret, especially back in Soviet era - day on the strategic Russian Far Eastern airbase Domna. It covers a 2000 km long area of Russian Far East and before it was practically impossible to see what they are up to. It was even more top secret before,
because this airbase is equipped with the new Russian Sukhoi jets - the SU-30SM You would see the day-to-day routines of the pilots being on real alert and also you can appreciate beauty of sunset flights and various things about life there, the planes, the people. Log in to your English Russia account and see all pictures on ONE PAGE!
If you, as many others here, like to see awesome old photos of the pre-communist Russian Empire in full color and of a large size, then you probably would be glad to know that a new series of photographs of Russia has
been released by the Russian State Archive of Photo and Cinematic Documents. This depicts the Russian Empire on the verge of entering the 20th century, in full color and really huge posting for you to enjoy!
Nikolski Sobor or Nikolski Cathedral in Krondshtadt is the largest and latest Old Russian Navy Cathedral in Russia - largest in the set of cathedrals built by Old Tsar Russian Navy for sailors and officers. It's always crowded as many people from all parts of
Russia travel to St. Petersburg and often visit the cathedral thanks to the new road which has been built on a dam going around St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea. Thanks to Yuri who visited it and tooks these awesome full screen photos.
Sometimes we publish these masterpieces - real lace, looking light and exquisitely crafted on wooden houses of the past. Not all of them are well preserved, many of them were destroyed either by natural causes or by human activities as often they don't get the protection and attention they deserve,
so instead of referring to modern photos there are only archive photos left. So today another masterpiece of late 19th century wooden architecture - some of the photos are modern, some from the Soviet period and the oldest ones are from a long time before. Hope you like it!