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The Best of Russia (Series)







Certainly more than meets the eye, tovarisch

Answering numerous requests from our readers, we came up with the specific sub-category (part of our "Travel" section) that shows the wonders and idiosyncrasies (and sometimes "idiosyn-craziness") of what's going on in Russia, including its haunting history, rich culture and fascinating technology.



This page will be constantly updated (just like our Best of Japan page), as we add the material, so bookmark it, or mark its location on our homepage (inside "Features") and come back often. Let's start with unique science/technology originating from Russia:

Technology (incl. military, vintage & futuristic)
(rarely seen machines, extreme science)

Streamlined Soviet Passenger Hydrofoils

Welcome on board of the Soviet River Time Machine!

The History of Hydrofoils

Including Nazi and Soviet Weird Concepts
Russian 1916 Wooden Aircraft Carrier?

Huge 100-meter-plus vessels were going down the Volga
Jet Engines on Trucks (For Fun and Profit)

Snow-blowers from hell, and more...
Rare Photos of the Russian "Buran" Space Program

The Largest and Most Expensive in Soviet Space Exploration History
Ekranoplans Showcase, Part 2

Mind-boggling, unique concepts
Ekranoplans Showcase, Part 1

Airplane or Hovercraft?
Unique Soviet Snowmobiles

Weird, giant, fantastic machines
Russian Ballistic Missile Carriers

The Big, the Bad and the Ugly
Soviet Army Super Vehicles

Ballistic rocket carriers (part 2), and more

Presidential Planes, Parts 1-2

Including: Putin's presidential plane
Russian Nuclear Icebreakers:
To the North Pole!


Odyssey in the Arctic with Russian Icebreaker Fleet
Amazing Submarine Concepts

Including many from Russia
Flying Submarines!

Soviet-era "Sky Captain" dreams
Steampunk'd Airplane

Ukrainian Flying Contraption
Power Enforcers:
Anti-Riot Police Vehicles


Incl. powerful Russian police machines

Architecture: Past & Future
(surprisingly unorthodox)

Totalitarian Architecture of the Soviet Union

From Constructivism, through Gigantism, to Unapologetic Brutalism
"Flying Saucer" Soviet Architecture in Caucasus

Truly "The House on the Borderland"
Architectural Gems of Old Russia, Part 2

Including the true baroque skyscraper!
Russian Fairy Tale Wooden Palace: Restored!

The Architectural Gems of Old Russia,
Part 1
Moscow Metro Stained Glass Avantgarde
Communist Gothic:
Architecture by Yakov Chernikhov


Soaring Palaces of Communism in Gothic Style
Amazing UFO-shaped Complex to be Built in Moscow

Alien encounter of an architectural kind

Abandoned Sites (scientific, military and civilian)
(favorite urban exploring haunts)

Siberian "Ghost" Cities Scare

Near-abandoned and frightening towns in Siberia
Extreme Exploration:
Russian Nuclear Research Facilities


Some of it's abandoned, some still in use
The Biochemical "Oops" List

Incl. abandoned Russian bio-laboratory
Nightmare Playgrounds

(Mostly abandoned) disturbing sculptures for kids
Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 2

Manic-Depressive Creativity
Abandoned Castles of Russian Countryside

Most improbable, haunted locations
Creepy High Voltage Installations

Close Encounters of the "Tesla" Kind
Abandoned Ionospheric Research Station

Rusting Giant Antennas in the Middle of Ukrainian Forest
Abandoned Tunnels &
Vast Underground Spaces


incl. abandoned Soviet submarine base
Fear & Loathing inside
Abandoned Stalin's Mines


Fire & Ice Underground
The Rusting Monsters of Lopatino's Mines

More skeletons in Russia's haunted countryside
Ballistic News

incl. abandoned Soviet nuclear missile base

Retro-future and Russian fantastic illustration
(a big part of this series consists of the Soviet-era futurism graphics)

Cosmonaut's Bling!

Under the banner of Lenin - to the stars!
Soviet Futuristic Illustration:
Oodles of Optimism


Black-and-white rare series of images
Retro-Future: To the Stars!

Part 1: rare vintage space graphics
Retro-Future: Glorious Urbanism

Part 2: When living in mega-cities was considered a privilege
Retro-Future:
Mind-boggling Transportation


Not your average Jetsons flying car
Moscow: Futuristic Concepts from 1900 (!)

If not for the October Revolution...

Travel in and around Russia
(so much land, it truly has everything)


Top 5 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

incl. unbelievable road to Yakutsk
Siberian No-Road Adventures

The concept of "road" does not seem to apply in Siberia
"One Day in the Life of a Russian Motorist"

Collection of funny pictures

Stunning In-flight Photography

"Letchik Lekha" is a Russian commercial pilot who also happens to be an avid photographer.
Kamchatka - The Magnificent Russian Far East

Wilderness without bounds
Miniature Crimean Castle

"Swallow's Nest": Little-known Romantic Destination
Moscow Metro People-Watching

Some faces funny, some just tired...

History: Turbulence and Meditation
(epic history for an epic land)

DRB History Issue: World War Two

Soviet Female Fighter Pilots of the WW2
Stalin's Personal Possessions

Surprisingly sentimental things
Cold War: Gas Mask Fashions

incl. Soviet civil defense training
Russian Cold War Phones

Beautiful? ugly? paranoia-infected devices
Faces of Putin
Agent Smith or a Russian King?

Arts & Culture
(rich tapestry of expression)

Russian Imperial Faberge Eggs

Nestled Wonders, killed by Revolution
Russian Vintage Advertising Posters

Tzarist and Communist Eye Candy
Surreal & Spectacular Art of V. Kush

Russian-born creator of dream-like landscapes


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