Archive for September 2012 | Monthly archive page

Militsiya or militia  is used as an official name of the civilian police in several former communist states. Soviet Milicija in 1917-1967: Photos from the SovietEraMuseum archive:

Diamond Fund  is a unique collection of gems, jewelry and natural nuggets, stored and exhibited in Moscow Kremlin, Russia. The Fund dates back to the Russian Crown treasury instituted by emperor Peter I of Russia in 1719. Preservation, sales and looting of imperial treasures after the Russian Revolution of 1917 is a matter of controversy and speculation. The Imperial collection was moved from Saint

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Valenki  are traditional Russian winter footwear, essentially felt boots: the name valenok literally means “made by felting”. Valenki are made of wool felt. They are not water-resistant, and are often worn with galoshes to keep water out and protect the soles from wear and tear. Exclusive of the SovietEraMuseum. Photos from Valenki museum in Yaroslavl region:

Oleg Blokhin (b.1952) is a Soviet football player and Ukrainian football coach. He is currently a head coach of the Ukrainian national team. Blokhin was formerly a standout striker for Dynamo Kyiv and the Soviet national team. In 1975 he was named European Footballer of the Year, winning the Ballon d’Or, becoming the second Soviet and the first Ukrainian player to achieve such a feat. The

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The Leningrad Metro  is the underground railway system in Leningrad and Leningrad Oblast. It has been open since November 15, 1955. The system exhibits many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city’s unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is one of the deepest subway systems in the

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The SovietEraMuseum exclusive. Photo postcards about Gas & Oil Industry in USSR:

The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum is a museum dedicated to the Chernobyl disaster. The museum is located in the city of Kiev, Ukraine. It houses an extensive collection of scale models, visual media, memorabilia, artifacts, and other representational items designed to educate the public about many aspects of the Chernobyl disaster. Several exhibits depict the

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Samotlor Field is the largest oil field of Russia and the sixth largest in the world. The field was discovered in 1965. Development started in 1967 and first oil was produced in 1969. The field is located at Lake Samotlor in Nizhnevartovsk district, Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Tyumen Oblast. It covers 1,752 square kilometres (676 sq mi) Discovery of this field had changed Nizhnevartovsk from a small nearby village into a busy

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Perestroyka and The End of Soviet Empire: Soviet alcoholics and homeless. Boris Mikhailov with panoramic Gorizont-5 camera. Reportage “Near Land”

Firefighters came under the Ministry of the Interior (MVD). As such they were a quasi-military body – the MVD had its own troops, as well as being the ministry in charge of NKVD / KGB troops and border troops. There were also civilian Fire Defence organisations, which operated in the smaller towns and villages. Exclusive.

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