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Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant is the largest by installed capacity power plant in Russia and the 7th hydropower plant in the world.

The station is located on the Yenisei River, on the border between Krasnoyarsk krai and Khakassia Republic. The unique arch-gravity dam of the station (245 meters) is the highest dam in Russia and one of the highest dams in the world.

Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower station, Russia, photo 1

truly magnificent facility


Cosmodrome “Vostochny” is being built in the Far East of Russia in Amur region, near the village of Uglegorsk. The total territory reserved to the needs of the cosmodrome is 1035 square km.

The first launch is scheduled for the end of 2015, the first launch of manned spacecraft – in 2018. The total cost of the project is about $ 9 billion. Several new photos from the construction site taken two days ago (June 1, 2014) by Dmitry Rogozin.

Cosmodrome Vostochny construction site, Russia, photo 1

future of Russian space program


This is absolutely insane video with a flight around the Kremlin and other objects in the center of Moscow.

Surprisingly, the quadcopter was not shot down and the pilot was not detained. Apparently, no one expected such courage and foolishness.


Tomorrow, April 12, the world will mark the International Day of Human Space Flight, known as Cosmonautics Day in Russia.

About two weeks before that, March 26, 2014, Russian spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-12M” with two Russian cosmonauts (Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev) and one NASA astronaut (Steve Swanson) was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station. Photos by Slava Stepanov

The launch of the 39th expedition to the ISS, Baikonur, photo 1

rocket launch from Baikonur

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Russky Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge to the Russky Island across the Eastern Bosphorus Strait in Vladivostok. Construction of the bridge began September 3, 2008. It was the part of the city’s preparations for the APEC summit in 2012.

This bridge has the world’s largest span of cable-stayed bridges, length 1104 meters. Photos by Sergey Orlov

Russky Bridge, Vladivostok, Russia, photo 1

impressive construction


February 12, 2014, the only surviving tank T-35A drove under its own power for the restoration from the pavilion of Heavy armored vehicles of the Central Museum of Armored Vehicles.

T-35 is a Soviet heavy five-turret tank developed in 1931-1932 – the first Soviet heavy tank launched into mass production before the beginning of the Second World War.

Five-turret Soviet tank, photo 1

unique tank




Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

During the Soviet era, a lot of different and sometimes strange small arms were created. Nowadays, something is used worldwide, for example, Kalashnikov assault rifles. But some interesting firearms were almost forgotten.

Herman A. Korobov was one of the talented Soviet designers of small arms. Along with a number of other firearms, he was the author of these unique futuristic assault rifles created in the late 1950s – early 1960s.

TKB-011M and TKB-011

Korobov assault rifles, photo 1

really crazy small arms

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The Second Highest Dam in Russia

Chirkeisk Hydro Power Plant (HPP) is standing on the Sulak River near the village Dubki, in the Buinaksk district of Dagestan Republic. It is the largest HPP in the North Caucasus.

This power station has the second highest dam in Russia (232.5 meters). Also, it is the highest arch dam in Russia. Chirkeisk HPP is located in the narrow gorge bearing the same name.

Chirkeisk Hydro Power Plant, Dagestan, Russia, photo 1

magnificent views


VM-T “Atlant” is a Soviet heavy transport aircraft, which is a modification of the strategic bomber 3M. This aircraft was used to transport various parts of space-rocket complexes to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

In the 1980s, more than 150 flights were made to deliver to the Baikonur the elements of launch systems “Energy” and “Buran”. Because of the specific appearance the aircraft was called the “flying barrel”.

Soviet heavy aircraft VM-T Atlant photo 1

more photos of unusual aircraft




The Largest Power Plant in Russia

Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant named after P.S. Neporozhny is the largest by installed capacity (6400 MW) power plant in Russia, the 7th largest hydroelectric power plant in the world.

The station is located on the Yenisei River, on the border between Khakassia Republic and Krasnoyarsk Krai, near the village of Cheryomushki, close to Sayanogorsk. Photos by Vadim Makhorov

Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydropower Plant, Russia photo 1

more photos of the station