Baikonur 2016

I was lucky to join the Russian National Geographic team and get a firsthand viewer’s experience of the space rocket launch. The new Russian spacecraft carrying three-man crew successfully launched to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 19th, 2016.

Baikonur Cosmodrome Museums

A big slide show of various items in two of the Cosmodrome museums.

Launch of Soyuz MS-02

Pictures from the launch of the new manned Soyus MS-02 flight to the ISS.

Antonov An-225 "Mriya" 2018

See the secret insides of the largest flying machine in the world, the Antonov An-225 "Mriya" (NATO: "Cossack.") It is a cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s.

Chernobyl

Pictures, taken recently. Modern life of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, reactor halls, and restored robots.

Chernobyl 1998

In 1998 I was writing a long read for PC World Ukraine magazine telling the amazing story on how information technologies were used in the Exclusion Zone. These are the pictures that I took during my working days in the Zone.

Nuclear waste repositories in the Chernobyl 2016

The worst nuclear disaster in human history took place at the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 — a nuclear reactor exploded. An enormous territory became alienated and fenced off forever. Recovery from the disaster is ongoing and far from over. I have visited two of the main nuclear waste repositories in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Abandoned nuclear village Orbita 2018

Pripyat isn't the only abandoned city in Ukraine and Chernobyl isn't the only former nuclear power plant. Welcome to Orbita — an abandoned village of the unfinished and never launched Chigirinskaya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.

German Stasi Museum 2013

The Stasi was an Eastern Germany version of the KGB, established by the Soviets in 1952. Just like the KGB, the Stasi was mostly busy looking for enemies of the people, employing round-the-clock surveillance, and eavesdropping on German citizens. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, people assaulted the Stasi headquarters, dissolved the organization, opened its archives to the public, and created a museum in the headquarters.

TU-134A-3 2014

Transportation of the former Ukrainian presidential plane TU-134A-3 from Boryspil International Airport into the Aviation Museum for the restoration to commence in Kiev, Ukraine

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