6 After School Activities of Soviet Kids

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

During the Soviet era, children's after school activities were kind of very popular. Almost every Soviet kid attended some kind of a group where he was being trained
in some kind of activity. Here are some photos and examples of what those activities were (the first one is airplane modelling for kids from the USSR).
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21 The Interesting Story of the Kremlin Red Stars

The Interesting Story of the Kremlin Red Stars

In three days time eighty three years ago - from 24 October to 27 October in 1935, the first five-pointed stars were installed on four towers of the Moscow Kremlin. Before
that there were two-headed eagles there. At first they wanted to put flags there instead of the eagles but later they choose the stars in particular in the end.
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0 Photos from Russian Countryside

Photos from Russian Countryside

Just a couple of atmospheric photos of the Russian countryside to
get the feel. Some say time goes by at a different pace there.
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8 ISIS Armored Vehicles Captured During Battle for Oil Fields in Syria on Expo in Moscow

ISIS Armored Vehicles Captured During Battle for Oil Fields in Syria on Expo in Moscow

  During a battle for the control of an oil field called "Shaer", the Russian army captured a number of heavily modified ISIS armored vehicles. Now they have taken them to Moscow and have put them on display in "Patriot" park for
everyone to see. The white numbers and letters on the doors, etc, show the thickness of the self-made armored plates - the one above has 25mm thick armor on a door and 15mm armored plates on a turret. Here are some more:
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2 Hand Grenade Launchers of Syrian Militants on Display in Russia

Hand Grenade Launchers of Syrian Militants on Display in Russia

Russia's "Patriot Park" featured an exhibition of hand grenade launchers seized from various militant groups in Syria. The weapons
have various makers - Russian, Soviet, NATO countries and self modified ones. Here are some of them, thanks to Twower:
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1 8-bit Skies Over Russia

8-bit Skies Over Russia

A Russian artist turns typical Russian landscapes into 8-bit art. Here are
some of their works. He calls the project "8-bit Skies" over Russia.
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0 Vintage Photos of Semipalatinsk Town Near the Semipalatinsk Test Site

Vintage Photos of Semipalatinsk Town Near the Semipalatinsk Test Site

Yesterday we had a posting about a visit to Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. It got its name from Semipalatinsk, a town which was later renamed to Semey, probably so it wouldn't be
associated with the nuclear testing site anymore. Here are some vintage photos of the place, the photos are mostly from the times before the Revolution - so over 100 years ago.
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2 Stunning Huge Mi-8 Helicopter R/C Model

Stunning Huge Mi-8 Helicopter R/C Model

This model is really huge. The scale is approximately 1/4, the rotor diameter is 2.80
meters! The weight of the thing is around 24 kilograms. Here is the video:
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4 And Old ZIL-157 Truck Restored to Look Like New

And Old ZIL-157 Truck Restored to Look Like New

A dinosaur. Pretty cool job of restoring it.
Can probably serve another 150 years now.
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5 How Nuclear Weapons Tests Were Conducted in USSR: Trip To Semipalatinsk Test Site

How Nuclear Weapons Tests Were Conducted in USSR: Trip To Semipalatinsk Test Site

Aslan, a Russian blogger, has taken a trip to Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site where the Soviet Union was testing its nuclear weapons from 1949
to 1991. The photo above shows the so named "Nuclear Lake" which appeared as a result of an underground nuclear test explosion.
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