Russia

Typhoon Class Submarines

In 1977 the Soviets began construction of a fleet of nuclear submarines that were to hold the title of “World’s Largest Submarine” for nearly 30 years (and counting!) – the Typhoon class. The fictional “Red October” that was hunted in…

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Thursday, 27th April 2006

Anti-Tank Hedgehogs

These spiky looking red things are “anti-tank hedgehogs” just outside of Moscow. They are designed to be placed in roads or along defensive lines to stop mobile armour zooming about. These hedgehogs are a memorial that marks the closest point…

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Monday, 3rd April 2006

Siberian Diamond Mine

This is the worlds biggest open cast diamond mine in Mirny, north eastern Siberia. It’s more than 1 km in diameter and half a km deep! Wow, that’s a big hole. The Google Maps imagery isn’t super high-res but there…

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Saturday, 26th November 2005

The Tunguska Event

This orange crescent shaped blur is ground zero of the Tunguska Event. Way out in the Tunguska region of Russia it is where the Tunguska meteor impact is said to have taken place on the morning of June 30th 1908.…

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Friday, 25th November 2005

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Founded in 1755, Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest and largest university in Russia. The main building was built in 1953 and stands at 240 metres, making it… (can you see what’s coming yet?), the tallest educational establishment in…

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Tuesday, 1st November 2005

Bear Lake Radio Telescope

This is the Bear Lake Radio Telescope outside of Moscow, and for such a big thing it was incredibly hard to track down any information about it. Initially I had no idea what it was called, but after some extensive…

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Wednesday, 19th October 2005
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