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Oct/11

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Original photos of the Russian Empire

Interesting set of original black&white and color photographs of the cities and towns of the Russian Empire taken in 1890-1912.

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Aug/11

18

Transpolar Railway – The Dead Railroad

Transpolar railway (Gulag construction sites #501 and #503) is a railroad running on the way Chum – Salekhard – Igarka.

The construction of the railway began in 1947. Among the most likely reasons of the construction were the developing of infrastructure of Russian North, the simplification of supply of Norilsk, as well as improving the supply of the Northern Fleet.

Abandoned Transpolar railway Salekhard-Igarka, Russia view 1

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Moscow Palace of Soviets is one of the most famous unfinished architectural projects in history. The huge (the biggest and tallest in the world) building would have become the symbol of the victory of socialism, the symbol of a new country and new Moscow. This project is still amazing in our day.

Moscow Palace of Soviets 1

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Mar/11

12

How it was in Chernobyl

Let’s hope that something like this will not happen again.

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One of the most interesting events of recent Kaliningrad city Christmas fair was the reconstruction of assault of ancient Russian fortress Izborsk happened in 1349. The photos were captured by Andrey Rumyantsev.

Izborsk fortress assault historical reconstruction view 1

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The first post about Borodino battle reconstruction was devoted mainly to the preparations for the re-enactment.  The following pictures were captured during the “battle” itself (photos by Frederick Taer, clickable).

Borodino battle reconstruction, Russia - battlefield scenery

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Sep/10

21

Borodino battle reconstruction sceneries

Borodino battle or Moscow river battle was the largest battle of Patriotic war of 1812 between Russia and France. The battle took place September 7, 1812 near Borodino village about 125 km to the west of Moscow city. Borodino battle is supposed to be one of the bloodiest one-day battles in history with Russian casualties of about 45,000 and French – 30,000.

The following nice photos were captured during the recent reconstruction of the great battle by Frederick Taer (all the photos are clickable). The second part of the photos – Borodino battlefield sceneries.

Borodino battle reconstruction, Russia

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Sep/10

5

Ivangorod town fortress pictures

Ivangorod is a small town located in Leningrad region of Russia with the population of about 11,000 (2010). The town is standing on Narva river bank opposite to Estonian town of Narva.

The settlement was founded in 1492 as a fortress. The fortress of Ivangorod played an important role during numerous wars of 16th-17th centuries. The following photos of Ivangorod fortress were captured by Andrey Rumyantsev.

Ivangorod town, Leningrad oblast, Russia fortress view

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Aug/10

28

Socialism vs Capitalism propaganda posters

Here are several posters that “showed” Soviet people the difference between socialism and capitalism.

Socialism vs Capitalism propaganda poster

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The following pictures were captured during the annual summer festival of the Middle Ages “The first capital of Rus” that took place in Staraya Ladoga town of Leningrad oblast.  The photos were captured by S.Chernov.

Staraya Ladoga, Russia Middle Ages Festival

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