​First ever drone footage of the Soviet-era secret lightning machine

You have seen photos of the secret Soviet-era Tesla tower—capable of discharging as much energy as the entire USSR's power grid in 100 milliseconds—but you have never seen this like this, from a drone. Russia Today got permission to take this video of one of the most fascinating science facilities in the planet. » 2/17/15 6:49pm 2/17/15 6:49pm

Russian Underground Stations Look Even More Stunning In Black and White

These photos of Saint Petersburg and Moscow Metro system were taken by Russian photographer Andrey Kruglikov, also known as subwayspecial on Instagram. They highlight the rich architecture that Muscovites see on their daily commutes. » 12/23/14 3:10pm 12/23/14 3:10pm

Sauron's Plans To Gaze Over Moscow Fall Foul Of The Orthodox Church

Good news/Bad news, everyone - Sauron's eye will not descend upon Moscow City. Plans to install a giant light-up version of the Dark Lord of Mordor's burning eyeball have been scuppered, thanks to complaints from the Russian Orthodox Church. » 12/11/14 1:00pm 12/11/14 1:00pm

Muscovites Warned To Stay Indoors As Toxic Gas Shrouds City

A noxious cloud of hydrogen sulphide engulfed portions of the Russian capital yesterday. The cloud, which can be highly toxic and smells like rotten eggs, may have originated from an oil refinery in the city. » 11/11/14 7:40am 11/11/14 7:40am

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/24/14 3:00pm 7/24/14 3:00pm

Did the Russians love the '80s too? Some revealing photos

The '80s weren't a great time for those living in the U.S.S.R., although those living in Moscow had it better than most. As the rest of the country dealt with bread and meat rations, those living in the capital had access to fruit (sometimes), soda (a treat) and could even see a movie (if you had the money). Here's a… » 2/07/14 2:00pm 2/07/14 2:00pm

The Strange History of the Moscow Cathedral That Couldn't Be Destroyed

On the northern side of the Moskwa River, near the Kremlin, there stands the world's tallest Orthodox Christian Church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It looks centuries old, but it was just built in 2000. For the second time. Here's how it happened. » 2/04/13 1:26pm 2/04/13 1:26pm

If Tesla built an Arctic citadel, it might look something like this

Photographer Dmitry Mordolff took these astounding shots of a snow-covered electromagnetic field testing station, or "Tesla's bench," in Istra outside of Moscow. All it takes is a dab of blizzard to transform electrical equipment into a hyper-futuristic snow fortress. » 2/05/11 9:12am 2/05/11 9:12am

Amazing aerospace porn from the Soviet space program

Straight from the halls of the Moscow Aviation Institute, these images of looming machines and intricate wiring are sure to stir up a longing for retro Russian rocketry. [victorprofessor via English Russia] » 6/26/10 8:00am 6/26/10 8:00am

Moscow Mayor's Climate-Hacking Plot: a Winter Without Snow

It sounds like a supervillainous plot, but Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov has vowed that Moscow will see no snow this winter. Luzkhov is pushing through a plan to ensure that the city's trademark blizzards land in someone else's backyard. » 10/19/09 10:00am 10/19/09 10:00am

The Moscow That Never Was

As America descends into anarchy and destruction » 10/04/08 5:00pm 10/04/08 5:00pm, the Russian president has declared . So what are we in for? Soviet architecture in the 1930s and 1940s was cloud-touching stuff, as this exhibit of unrealized Soviet architectural fantasies proves. With the tables turning, can we expect to see the result of the big…

Screw Beijing - Visit The Space Olympics

Sure, the opening ceremony for Beijing's Summer Olympics may have been visually stunning (and that was just the athletes' outfits) and benefited from the latest in space technology » 8/09/08 10:00am 8/09/08 10:00am, but even that wasn't enough to get us interested in anything with the word "olympic" attached to it (Blame it on unfortunate PE…