MYSTERY of ABANDONED VILLAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN

MYSTERY of ABANDONED VILLAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN

Every year, the famous Chernobyl ghost town merges more and more with the surrounding terrain. Nature relentlessly recaptures it metre by metre. But time has no power over the Soviet mining town of Pyramid, located on the Arctic Shpicbergen archipelago. People left it almost 20 years ago and the cold preserves it from vegetation.

The settlement was established in 1910 by the Swedes who received permission for coal mining on the archipelago. It got its name from the nearest mountain. 17 years later, the mine was bought by “Arcticugol” trust, and the village became Soviet. 1300 kilometers from the North Pole were built houses, a school, theater, library, cultural center, two cemeteries (one for people and one for cats) and sports complex with the most northerly heated swimming pool in the world.

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Moscow Decorated for Christmas and New Year

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Moscow is finally decorated for the New Year. I can say that it is really cool this year! I can not think of another city in the world that has been so stylish and decorated for the holiday. Compared with last year, it has become more modern and more laconic. Previously, many of the streets were literally inundated with various light installations, and it was too much, and even these ridiculous houses, which didn’t always stylistically fit in with the overall design. This year Moscow is gorgeous! There is almost nothing to complain about! Yesterday I walked for three hours and had a great time!

 

As in the past, the main idea of ​​the design was to make a lot of light steel arches with patterns. Here is the arch in the entry to the Kamergersky.

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Beautiful Russia bird’s-eye view (38 photos)

Beautiful Russia bird's-eye view (38 photos)

Furthermore, we offer you to look at the photos, which were taken by photographer Sergey Fomin. Over the last 13 years, he takes great pictures bird’s-eye view. Sergey flies over various regions of our country, to get unique photos. The best works were included in a new book, “Flight over Russia”, which was published this month.

The acid lake in the crater of the volcano Small Semyachik. Kamchatka Peninsula

River Amgun. Area named in honor of Polina Osipenko. Khabarovsk region

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How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

One of the most interesting places in Petrozavodsk is club “Polar Odyssey”. A team of true romanticists who are in love with the sea, work here. The club has its own operating fleet, a big part of which are wooden ships, copies of historical sailboats that sailed centuries ago. It would be very interesting to learn how to build wooden ships and how to sail in them.

 

“Polar Odyssey” is located in Petrozavodsk, on the shore of Onegskoe Lake. People who are interested in history, or people who want to take pictures, come here. Even if you can’t decide what a shallop is, or what type a boat is, or tell a propeller screw from a propeller, everything there is still very romantic.

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The Most Exotic Lands of the Russian Empire

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At one time, there were Russian colonies in America, and in Africa, and in the present territory of Germany. In Somalia, there was a New Moscow, and in California there was river Don. However, big politics interfered with the initiatives of the Russian colonists.
In 1815, the Russian-American Company (RAC), that was “in charge of” Alaska and Kamchatka, reached an agreement with the leader of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Under the contract, he, together with the population, acted under the protection of Russia. Georg Anton Scheffer, a colonist in the Russian service, headed the development of a new Hawaiian colony. In 1816-1817, three forts were built by local residents, named in honor of Alexander I, his wife Empress Elisabeth and Barclay de Tolly (today there are only remnants of the Elizabeth fortress foundation left).

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Production of Il-96-300 and AN-148.

Production of Il-96-300 and AN-148.

From “Flying tank” to board №1. In the shops of the Voronezh aircraft factory several legendary aircrafts were produced for 85 years of its history. During the war – the famous Il-2 (the designers called it “Flying Tank”). At the end of 1960-s – the world’s first supersonic passenger airliner Tu-144. Today the plant produces the aircraft IL-96, AN-148, as well as individual units for SSJ 100 and MS-21 aircraft. Work on transport aircraft IL-112 is resumed. Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company (VAMC) produces the main Russian aircraft – a presidential Il-96, better known as the board №1.

The decision about the organization of the plant made in 1929. Before 1966, the plant had only numbered titles: firstly №18, then №64. During the war, production lines were evacuated to Kuibyshev (now – Samara), after the Victory factory in Voronezh was actually rebuilt.

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