Soviet space propaganda posters, 1958-1963
“I am happy - this is my work joining the work of my republic”
“Soviet man – be proud, you opened the road to stars from Earth!”
“We will open the distant worlds!”
“Glory to the Fatherland of Heroes!”
“We were born to make the fairy tale come true!”
“Socialism is our launching pad”
“Fatherland! You lighted the star of progress and peace. Glory to the science, glory to the labor! Glory to the Soviet regime!”
“Through the worlds and ages.”
“In the name of peace and progress!”
-Formally one of the four largest lakes in the world.
-Has been steadily shrinking after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects.
-The shrinking of the lake has been called "one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters".
-Receding sea has left the plains covered with salt and toxic chemicals left from weapons testing, industrial projects, pesticides, and fertilizer runoff.
-Toxic dust storms cause several health problems and kill crops in the region.
-Once had a large and booming fishing industry. The lake reportedly accounted for one-sixth of the Soviet Union’s fish catch.
-Estimated overall cost of damage to the region is estimated at 35-40 billion rubles.
More than ten years ago, Moscow artist Leonid Tishkov created a light object in the shape of the Moon. Calling his project “Private Moon”, Tishkov started his journey, from the roof of his workshop in the south of Moscow to Paris. These poetic photographs document this years-old artistic performance
Source: Leonid Tishkov
Russian Interior Ministry’s (МВД) ensemble singing Get Lucky by Daft Punk
SOVIET SPACE DOGS — On August 19, 1960, canine cosmonauts Belka (“Squirrel”) and Strelka (“Little Arrow”) were launched into space for a day in orbit aboard Korabl-Sputnik-2, along with a gray rabbit, 40 mice, 2 rats, and 15 flasks of fruit flies and plants. Both dogs returned safely. Strelka later gave birth to a litter of six puppies, one of which was given to JFK as a gift for his children.
I continue to wonder why Chekhov says “wessels” instead of “vessels”. The “w” sound does not exist in Russian.
On Jan. 25, Anton Krasovsky, editor-in-chief of Kremlin-backed television channel Kontr-TV, came out during a live broadcast. “I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” Krasovsky said.
But you won’t find a video of Krasovsky’s announcement anywhere on the web. It was deleted from Kontr-TV’s website, along with Krasovsky’s own corporate e-mail account and any pages about him.
Krasovsky was forced to resign from his position three days after he made the statement. According to Krasovsky, the uproar over his coming out wasn’t necessarily the announcement of his sexual orientation, but that he said he was the same as everyone else.
According to surveys conducted by the Levada Center polling agency, homosexuals are eyed warily in contemporary Russia, to put it mildly. A poll taken in April 2013, showed that 35 percent of respondents consider homosexuality to be a disease and 43 percent characterized it as a bad habit.
Only 12 percent of those who answered the poll said that homosexual orientation is normal. When asked if the rights of gay people should be the same as those of straight people, 47 percent said no while 39 percent supported equality.