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Prototype Soviet Laser Pistol Created in 1984; housed in the…

Prototype Soviet Laser Pistol

Created in 1984; housed in the museum of the “Peter the Great Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Troops” in Moscow. This pistol used a clip of disposable pyrotechnic flash cartridges as ammunition and was apparently meant for use against enemy optical systems.

(Via http://j.mp/1l8Qisy and http://j.mp/1l8QOXB . Could this actually be real?)

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In 1978 a Russian helicopter was flying over the Abakan region…

In 1978 a Russian helicopter was flying over the Abakan region of Siberia, scouting for a landing spot for a team of geologists, when they saw a clearing and signs of human habitation on a mountainside 150 miles from the closest settlement.

When the geologists landed and approached the location, they came upon the cabin pictured above. In the words of one of the scientists:

The low door creaked, and the figure of a very old man emerged into the light of day, straight out of a fairy tale. Barefoot. Wearing a patched and repatched shirt made of sacking. He wore trousers of the same material, also in patches, and had an uncombed beard. His hair was disheveled. He looked frightened and was very attentive…. We had to say something, so I began: ‘Greetings, grandfather! We’ve come to visit!’

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Birch bark letter No. 202, found in Novgorod, dated betwen 1240…

Birch bark letter No. 202, found in Novgorod, dated betwen 1240 and 1260.

This letter is one of a large number of similar artifacts found in Novgorod around 1951. This specific letter contains spelling lessons and drawings made by a boy named Onfima (Онфима), aged between six and seven years.

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The 18th Century Kalyazin Bell Tower, is the last remnant of the…

The 18th Century Kalyazin Bell Tower, is the last remnant of the 17th Century Makaryevsky Monastery in Kalyazin. It risers above the waters of the Uglich Reservoir in Russia, a body of water created in 1939 when Stalin dammed the upper Volga as part of a program to modernize the country. Further evidence of the march into modernity can be seen in the background, where a radio telescope has been constructed in the town.

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The “Stronger Than Death” memorial in Semipalatinsk,…

The “Stronger Than Death” memorial in Semipalatinsk, northern Kazakhstan.

The Semipalatinsk Test Site, about 100km west of the city, was established by Beria in 1947 as a test site for nuclear weapons. Tests were conducted from 1949 and 1989, the number of explosions totalling over 450. Unlike other Russian cold-war era nuclear testing sites, however, the site near Semipalatinsk was in close proximity to human settlements. The area held approximately 200,000 residents, who were not evacuated during the tests.

This sculpture is a memorial to the victims of radiation poisoning from these explosions, the approximate equivalent of 2,500 Hiroshima bombs.

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