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The USSR Collapse Left Behind A Post-Apocalyptic World

These photographs by Rebecca Litchfield make it seem as if the apocalypse has come and gone, and the world is in complete ruins, but not quite. They’re actually photographs of countries and places that were a part of the former Soviet Union. The forgotten decay is haunting.


That Time Soviet Russia Built A House Entirely Out Of Plastic

In its heyday, plastic was viewed as a revolutionary advancement — safer and lighter than glass, cheap to manufacture, and useful in countless commercial applications. In fact, in the early 1960s, architects in the USSR even tried building entire houses out of the stuff.


Urban Explorers Immortalise Forgotten Corners Of The Soviet Bloc

Say what you will about urban exploration as a hobby, these guys sure do find some cool shit sometimes. Thank goodness they take cameras with them.


Old KGB Radio Intercept Stations Are Still Operational And Listening

It turns out our Soviet Big Brother could be spying on us too. Intelligence historian Matthew Aid discovered through declassified CIA documents that Russia still has a massive network of former KGB listening stations that are actively eavesdropping. And here’s where they are.


Monster Machines: The Biggest Bomb In The History Of The World

Big Ivan, better known as Tsar Bomba, was 57 megatons of Soviet might. That’s 1400 times Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined and 10 times the entire combined fire power expended in WWII. In one bomb. One explosion. And, incredibly, that’s only half of what it could have done.


Monster Machines: USSR's Failed Supersonic Bomber

In the early 1960s, when ICBMs were still in their developmental infancy, the Soviet Union figured its best option for delivering a nuclear strike was to build an intercontinental supersonic bomber. Fortunately, they only got the second half right.


The Soviet Vityaz Was The Big Dog Of The Cold War

Take the all-terrain capabilities of the US Army’s new packbot, add the uncanny reliability of a Kalishnakov and some tank treads — Boom! You’ve got yourself an unstoppable killing machine cargo transporter.


How The USSR Cleaned Up Photos In 1987 Reminds Me That Photoshop Is Awesome

The USSR has a rather frightening history when it comes to photo manipulation. Over time they’ve decided to use their photo manipulation skills for good instead of, well disappearing people.


Even The Textiles In Soviet Russia Were Obsessed With Industry

These fabrics mostly speak for themselves, but skinny is that these fabrics are Soviet era textiles from the 1920-1930 period of Russia’s history. And while awesome, the industrial, work-obsessed imagery on display here is hardly subtle.


Russian Cosmonaut: Our Shuttle Was Safer, Could Drop Nukes From Orbit

Russia’s Buran program was very short lived. Like, only one flight short lived. But according to cosmonaut (and ISS alum) Oleg Kotov, the craft had some serious potential – outclassing its American rival at both saving lives and destroying them.


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