Lighthouses of Russia


Mys Aniva, Sakhalin, Russia This lighthouse was built under extremely difficult conditions on what was once a jagged rock just off the southeastern-most cape of Sakhalin island. The Mys Aniva lighthouse is over three quarters of a century old and has seen a lot of history during its lifespan. Late 1930s when Sakhalin was divided … More Lighthouses of Russia

Mirror Reflections – North Mariana Island & Russia


Life in North Mariana Island Well I think I’ve found my place on earth…. a paradise in the pacific! Landed on a pretty, unique and historical island in the Pacific, the Northern Mariana Islands belonging in the US territory. Currently, I am on a tiny island called Tinian, a place where the Legendary giant man … More Mirror Reflections – North Mariana Island & Russia

The “Netopyr” – Unusual Russian War Machine from the past.


 Russian Tsar Tank The “Netopyr” also known the Tsar Tank was a unusual invention intended to be a weapon of war. This strange looking Russian armored Tricycle tank was developed in 1916-17. It received its nickname because whenever carried, this vehicle looked like a bat hanging asleep. But was not the reason, why it was … More The “Netopyr” – Unusual Russian War Machine from the past.

1950’s Secret Bunker for Russia’s Military Elite – “Open to the Public”


Between the Moscow and Yauza rivers on one of Moscow’s seven hills lies one more cold war bunker. The area has an old town feel, the streets are lines with pre-revolutionary buildings, it’s a quiet neighborhood with churches and monasteries that has survived the throes of Soviet “modernization.” Many of these building were built in … More 1950’s Secret Bunker for Russia’s Military Elite – “Open to the Public”

World War II best held Secret “Revealed” in Samara, Russia


In 1991, when the Kuibyshev was renamed Samara, a building in the city center was opened to the public, which for half a century was known only to a handful of people. This building was Stalin’s bunker, which was the deepest structure created during the Second World War, today when foreign tourists come to Samara, … More World War II best held Secret “Revealed” in Samara, Russia

Ten things Russians want you to know about real life in Russia.


1. Underground Passages – where you cross the street without stoplights or the dangers of traffic. Most of them are lined with kiosks selling flowers, food, shoes, tickets to cultural shows, books, and other necessities. These “переходи” are especially useful during the brutal winters. Some are simple passageways, others are grand labyrinthine shopping malls. The … More Ten things Russians want you to know about real life in Russia.

Ghosts from the Past – Abandoned Gulags Revisited


Below are photos of labor prison camps of Soviet Time Gulag stands for “Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps.” The system of Stalin’s labor camps was the most monstrous death factory in all history, with ‘production’ exceeding even WWII Holocaust. Around 40 million died in Gulag labor camps Camps were located in Taiga, a huge … More Ghosts from the Past – Abandoned Gulags Revisited