The Russian Solovki Islands are home to the Solovki monastery. It is located in the middle of the White Sea – deep in the Russian North. Since the days there now are the shortest days of the year, it is possible to take photos only for a couple of hours, so the photographer – Petr – was very worried he would not have enough time to take his photos in the two days he planned to stay there. No worries – photos went very nicely and here they are, thanks to Petr we can enjoy the Northern beauty of this place.
When we hear “monster truck” we usually imagine a normal sized truck on a set of oversized wheels. This time Belarus auto enthusiasts took the monster truck meaning to a really “monster” level. Their creation has six pairs of wheels that can rotate practically in any direction and thanks to this it can climb any trench and other obstacles. Let’s see how it looks.
Since the demise of the Soviet state, most Russians found themselves living in typical old Soviet buildings. Most of the buildings had balconies and this is where the urge for individuality was expressed. People started heavily modifying their balconies for a number of reasons. Firstly, most of the balconies were just open air balconies and were not isolated from the outside, so they couldn’t be used in winter, or during rains, etc. So the first stage of modding a balcony was to turn it into a sort of room to be able to use it all year round. Since everyone was doing this job independent of other people living in the same apartment building the balcony room designs emerged with a really diverse variety. And since every balcony was individually designed, people started to decorate them, often very heavily. So let’s see what happened with this selection of what might be the forty most crazily modded Russian balconies!
An interesting story is unfolding in Primorye safari park in Russia and thousands of Internet users are watching it. It started with a regular meal that was delivered to a Siberian tiger kept in a park. His name is Amur. So one day Amur got a meal – he often gets live meals – either small rabbits or some other smaller animals, but this time park workers wanted to treat him with a live goat. However, instead of eating it Amur became best friends with an animal that was supposed to become his dinner. Let’s see how it happened and how they get along now. We’ll see plenty of photos inside and even a few videos of them living together and doing all sort of things you would never expect from such a pair!
Over five hundred people gathered at Turkish embassy in Moscow to protest and throw stones, bottles, paint cans and even eggs into the building to express their opinion on the recent act of the Turkish air force which downed a Russian jet bomber in Syria yesterday. The embassy building was secured by police who arrived promptly but they didn’t arrest anyone. Let’s see how the building looks after the protests.
Just a few photos of old cossacks barracks. Those buildings were pretty nice at time they were built. Then after the Lenin Revolution the building was used by Soviet army till 2003. Now it’s going to be demolished and the residential houses are planned to be built.
This city has nothing special about it, says Alexander, a Russian blogger and traveller who is known to take awesome photos of places he visits. It’s just an old “Soviet” town in Georgia, only its nature makes it stand out a bit. But what makes it really interesting is an ancient stone fortress called “Rabbati”. This fortification was built in sixteen century by Turkish military. Let’s see how it looks now!
Here is a collection of Soviet snipers in Afghanistan during the Soviet military presence there in 1979-1989. This first guy is a Soviet record holder – sergeant Vladimir Ilyin has shot a Mujahideen chief commander from a record distance of 1350 meter away from his sniper rifle. That’s over one kilometer away or over 4,449 feet! Inside are some more snipers!
Instagram in Russia is very popular, in fact the Russian audience is said to be the second largest among Instagram viewers worldwide. This means that Russian police officers, being a numerous part of a population, also often have Instagram accounts where they post photos of their job from time to time. This is a small selection of them, we have published some similar photos before as well. Take a look!
Since the Russian plane tragically crashed over the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, all flights from Russia to Egypt were stopped and all the Russian tourists remaining in Egypt (and Egypt has been the most popular Russian travel destination for years) were urgently evacuated. However this evacuation was done very quickly and because the authorities had fears that the plane was brought down by a bomb in someone’s luggage, they ordered that all of the luggage must be left behind! So tens of thousands of people were transported without their bags and suitcases to reduce the risk of new explosions in mid air. But now with all that luggage arriving in Moscow and other airports they are said to be flooded with the bags. Let’s see a few pics.