Russia

Hyperboloid Towers

Vladimir Shukhov was a Russian engineer, scientist and architect whose pioneering structural engineering work led to the design of the world’s first hyperboloid structures. In mathematics, a hyperboloid is a quadric (“a D-dimensional hypersurface defined as the locus of zeros…

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Friday, 21st November 2008

Mystery Crashed Plane?

English Russia recently published a report on a “crashed” plane in the Russian forest near St. Petersburg. The plane in question is an AN-8 light military transport aircraft of a type which was used by the Soviets up until the…

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Monday, 27th October 2008

Yekaterinburg TV Tower

High above the skyline of the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, this incomplete tower stands testament to what can be achieved with an amazing vision and poor financial planning. At 220 metres, it is only half of its planned height of…

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Monday, 21st July 2008

Ice Road Truckers

Driving across the frozen Amur River between Russian and China we can see a couple of trucks – driven by the fearless and legendary Ice Road Truckers! Although it seems ludicrous, building “Ice Roads” over lakes, rivers or seas, is…

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Tuesday, 8th July 2008

Secret Russian Encampment

Hidden away in the forests of western Russia, is a highly suspicious-looking collection of buildings which have never been place-marked by the Google Earth Community, and don’t seem to have ever been mentioned on the web. The buildings are all…

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Tuesday, 27th May 2008

The Motherland Calls! (Rodina Mat’ Zovyot!)

The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the turning points of the war in Europe and with casualties above 1.5 million, arguably the bloodiest battle in all of human history. One of the most heavily contested sites within Stalingrad was…

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Tuesday, 4th March 2008
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