April 26, 1986 marks the date of the worlds worst nuclear accident to date. The Chernobyl nuclear power station occurred a malfunction to reactor number 4, which in turn spewed radioactive material into the environment and caused the deaths of thousands of people. The meltdown of the plant was met with immediate efforts to contain … Continue reading Problems in Chernobyl
The Soviet Union during the 1950’s and 1960’s began to shift their focus to creating better relations with what was beginning to be called the Third World. These developing nations were prime for a world power to back them and declare their government legitimate. Third World nations, mainly African and Asian nations looked to … Continue reading Third World Friends
The Soviet launch of the first artificial satellite was a magnificent milestone for not only the USSR but for the world as a whole. This ushered in new technologies for both the scientific community as well for the development for new and powerful weaponry. On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first artificial … Continue reading Sputnik Scores Points for the Soviets
The Eastern front of the Soviet nation was quickly pushed back by advancing German forces. The Soviet military was able to fend off the first wave of attacks and held their ground long enough for key cities along the front to evacuate. The government understood that they could not hold the front and therefore in … Continue reading Women and Children First (Unless you’re a Soviet)
In February 1920 the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of the Soviets announced the formation of a State Electrification Commission (GOELRO), starting the first major economic project of the Bolsheviks. This program would be led under the chairmanship of the Bolshevik electrical engineer, Gleb Krzhizhanovskii. The task would call for a general plan for electrifying the … Continue reading ALL OF RUSSIA DO THE ELECTRIC SLIDE
The Russo-Japanese War played an interesting part in contributing to the revolution of 1905. Essentially the war was fought over a land dispute as the Japanese began to exercise their new found expansionist policies. Russian held claim to Port Arthur, a naval base located in Manchuria that served as a port into the Pacific for … Continue reading Russo-Japanese War Embarrassment Led to Stronger Resolve of Revolutionists
https://www.wdl.org/en/item/5202/#q=Prokudin-Gorskii&page=3 This is a photo of a Kompaund (compound) steam locomotive of the Ab type. This locomotive was created in the Briansk locomotive factory in 1909, this can be found by the number 132 on the front of the train. These were among the most powerful produced in Russia in the early 20th century. This … Continue reading Steam Engine “Kompaund” (1st blog)
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