5 Northern Sea Route: Way Back Home

Northern Sea Route: Way Back Home

Another sailing is over and the huge grey vessel comes to the native berth after
endless polar nights and numerous rescues of ships from the jaws of the arctic ice...

6 One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

We've just had a post about awesome icebreakers sailing to the farthest places of our planet and right now we are going to visit one them. A Russian polar explorer Alexey, 39,
tells about his ordinary working day at the cold pole of the Earth, the Russian Antarctic station "Vostok". You are invited to spend his January 31, 2014 with him.

26 Soviet People

Soviet People

Another selection of colorful photos from back in Soviet times. Usually they are either in color but look like propaganda, or if they
are more informal they are black and white. This time they are in color and don't look like propaganda. So let's take a look. 

10 Awesome and Unique Russian Atomic Icebreaking Fleet

Awesome and Unique Russian Atomic Icebreaking Fleet

A photographer I like, Slava, has visited a breeding ground for the one and only atomic icebreaking fleet in Murmansk. He says that in the whole world, only the USSR and now Russia operate atomic
icebreaking ships, which make them one of a kind and unique and now thanks to Slava, we have a rare chance to take a peek inside their headquarters in Murmansk - a city in the Russian North.

16 Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

You probably remember that a few days ago there was a posting about the seasons changing in Franz Josef Land - one of the most Northern Russian islands, being on the latitude of Northern Greenland, and being
uninhabited. However, the fact that nobody lives there doesn't mean that there is no activity. In fact, there are tons of the old Soviet vehicles, tools, tractors, devices and you name it. Want to take a look?
12 Construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad

Construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad

The Baikal Amur railroad was "A project of a century" as Brezhnev said. It was a railroad to connect the middle of Siberia with the Pacific coast, with a length over 4,300 kms. And again, like the story of the exploration of the lands we had earlier, the main power to accomplish this were the young Soviets. They were attracted there by romantic stories of the exploration, a big help to the state, new horizons which will open this road to others, etc. You might find this naive and not too
motivating, but in the country where most of the people were getting the same payments and where there was not much diversity in the stores, and where the apartments were given away by the state and were not purchased, it made sense. People flocked there for a bit higher pay, for doing something new, to be useful, and of course to get free housing, etc. Songs were written about this project, people came from different parts of USSR to take part in it.

8 The Early Soviet Air Defense Missiles from 1963

The Early Soviet Air Defense Missiles from 1963

  Just a few historical photos of one Soviet air defense point from a private album. Not many of these are published because in Soviet times it was harder to take photos on military sites, especially such
strategically important ones as air defense sites. Here we can see how 50 years ago the S-75 (and now there are the S-400) missiles were loaded, prepared, etc. If you like this kind of stuff lets see more inside:

1 Record Breaking Test Vehicle MAZ 7907

Record Breaking Test Vehicle MAZ 7907

MAZ-7907 - its twelve axle chassis has giant dimensions: length - 30 m, width - 4,8 m, height - 4,5 m. The main technical feature of the vehicle is its use of a 1250 hp gas turbine engine that is usually found in a tank. It has a rather complicated but efficient electric transmission with 24 driving wheels. Articulated frame and substantial size of
the wheels, whose diameter is over two meters, enable the 200-tonne vehicle to drive on dirt roads at a maximum speed of 25 km/h. The mass of the vehicle - 65 800 kg. Carrying capacity - 150 tons. It's the only vehicle with 24 driving wheels, 16 of them are steering ones. What was it made for and how? Let's find out.

1 400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

Have you ever been 400 meters underground? It's like the Empire State Building was flipped top side down and hammered into the ground as if it was a giant nail. Then, where its tip arrives is around 420 meters, so exactly there these miners work and exactly there the guy Ilya went down to take some
photos. The mine is not a coal mine - it's a potassium mine - they get this mineral which is used as fertilizer, and the company, Uralkalij - is the world's largest producer of potassium. Thanks to Ilya we can see where most of the world's potassium fertilizer is coming from.

19 Zil Army Car

Zil Army Car

ZIL is a pretty old Russian car factory making trucks, etc. Now they have come up with something else. By
the special order of Russian army, they rolled out this creepmobile. Some more photos inside.

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