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.

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Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk is an industrial city in Russia, the largest oil refinery and chemical plant in the whole of Europe. The city is in the Tatarstan region of Russia, which has huge oil reserves – they say there will be enough to produce the same amounts of oil as they do now for at least thirty more years – the same volume each year. So one of our favorite photographers, Slava, has visited this place and we can see its huge chemical facilities from the air.  

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Over Twenty Bank ATMs Were Lately Blown Up in Russia to Get Cash

 

 

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What you see on this picture and on the other pictures inside of this post is the story that is being unfolded now in Russia (and Ukraine). Gangs  use new tactics to get money from the ATMs – they blow them up terrorizing the population and neighbors with the loud full scale explosions all for just getting to the inner parts of the machines where the valuables are stored.

Inside you’ll see shocking aftermath of this “War on ATMs” and also a video captured by a bank camera how one of the ATMs was exploded. Let’s see.

 

 

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Russian Submarine Standing Ashore Away from Coast How Did they Get It There?

Russian Submarine Standing Ashore Away from  Coast How Did they Get It There?

Ok ladies and gentlemen, it’s story time. Did you already know that in Russia there is a museum where a full size submarine is standing on concrete slabs? And it’s not some coastal museum where it stands close to water but it is a long way from the shore and this huge giant was shipped there somehow. Want to know details and how it was actually delivered there? Let’s see…

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Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

Old Fashioned Gold Mining in Georgia

During the Stalin’s period gold mining prospered in different corners of the USSR. The lack of this metal determined the gold finders to cherish. The Soviet state wasn’t considering the costs of such gold because again, of the great lack of this material. After Iosiv Stalin’s death such large-scale mining operations were stopped. Now, in Georgia some citizens are refreshing their grandfathers methods.

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Enthusiast Puts Rubber Mats on Downtown Public Bus Stops

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An enthusiastic Krasnoyarsk man, Anton, decided to solve the problem of the slippery icy and snowy surfaces that haunt the bus stops of the 13th largest Russian city, Krasnoyarsk, with a population of over one million people. For this purpose, he uses rubber mats that are equipped with a heater inside. “I decided to do this after I saw the statistics on the accidents of people falling down at bus stops” says the man. As the municipality was pretty skeptical about his approach, Anton decided to invest his own money to complete equipping the pilot bus stop with the mat and the heater. He said it cost him almost $1200 and he was hoping the installation would serve for at least five years.

Here are some pics and also there is an ending to this story inside:

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