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Apartment building of Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner

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Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

This is the conning tower of the submarine that sank the Gustloff. I can’t tell you how bizarre it is to see this here with a plaque celebrating Marinesko sinking the ship with 7,000 soldiers and fascist Germany officers. We … Continue reading

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Ulyanovsk Museum of Civil Aviation

Soviet SST. I remember the Tu-144, the SST, and the Concorde. When I was a kid space travel and supersonic transportation was the future. I rode a hovercraft across the English Channel once. Fastest propeller-driven plane in the world since … Continue reading

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Ulyanovsk

Lenin’s birthplace Rockin’ English language dance music is playing from the PA.

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Samara

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Kazakhstan

It’s very nice! At first I thought the road had disappeared, but then I realized only the pavement part was gone.

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Saratov

Saratov is rightly proud of the city’s role in the space race. This is inside the entrance to the very nice park where I’m having dinner.

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Smelovka

This was the spot where Yuri Gagarin landed. I was pretty excited to be here! The space race was a big part of my childhood. What looks like a shelf in the hatch opening is where after reentry Gagarin’s seat … Continue reading

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The Motherland Calls

Saying this is the largest statue of a woman in the world doesn’t communicate its majesty. It really is impressive. The Motherland is approached via a series of memorials. I find them all moving. People are taking each other’s photos … Continue reading

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“Treasonous Traitor”

I just read this┬ápiece on Counterpunch and thought it was really funny, then I realized that Hopkins actually had a link to his mention of a New York Times piece with the title Trump, Treasonous Traitor, and I clicked on … Continue reading

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