Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Going 550 Meters Deep For Diamonds

Many Russian quarries are abandoned today, they look from the height like huge creepy holes in the ground, but the demand for diamonds is so overwhelming that we are ready to go far deep to the bowels of the earth to find some more. This story is about mining diamonds in Yakutia.

We are going to join blogger dementievskiy, go 500-700 meters under the ground and check out how Yakut diamonds are mined today.

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Night Visit to the Biggest Aircraft Repair Hangar

Night Visit to the Biggest Aircraft Repair Hangar

What are we doing on the territory of the Novosibirks airport Tolmachevo at night? Together with blogger gelio we want to enter the largest Siberian hangar for maintanance and repair of passenger aircrafts.

The hangar is big enough to accomodate six crafts at a time including those with wide bodies, but sometimes they have so much work that hangar is occupied by nine different aircrafts.

Russia has only few hangars like this one. In order gelio could make more beautiful images he was allowed to come at night.

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Back to the Moscow Scientific Library Destroyed by the Fire

Back to the Moscow Scientific Library Destroyed by the Fire

Maybe you remember the post about the fire in the biggest scientific library in Moscow we published a couple of months ago. Today we are ready to show you how the building of the library looks today.

The fire occured on January 30th and damaged five million books (two million of them can hardly be restored as they never were digitalized). Library workers and volunteers managed to save 600,000 dry books from the building. In general 1,5 thousand tons of books were rescued and taken away from the library.

The further destiny of the library itself is still unclear, its restoration is open to question.

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The Ghost City of Akarmara

The Ghost City of Akarmara

We have already posted about the ghost city of Akarmara in Abkhazia in winter. But the spring reveals the new image of the place…

About thirty years ago it was a city for the Soviet elite, had unusual architecture whose projects were partially realized with help of imprisoned German architecs and builders. Akarmara had a develped infrastructure and was a home for 5000 wealthy people. Today it hardly has 100…

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