architecture
That Time Soviet Russia Built a House Entirely Out of Plastic

In its heyday, plastic was viewed as a revolutionary advancement: safer and lighter than glass, cheap to manufacture, and useful in countless commercial applications. In fact, in the early 1960s architects in the USSR even tried building entire houses out of the stuff. Read More >>

cities
Urban Explorers Uncover Forgotten Corners of the Soviet Bloc

Say what you will about urban exploration as a hobby, these guys sure do find some very cool stuff sometimes. Thank goodness they take cameras with them. Read More >>

privacy
Old KGB Radio Intercept Stations Are Still Operational and Listening

We recently learned that the NSA is definitely watching us, and as it turns out, our Soviet Big Brother is spying on us too. Intelligence historian Matthew Aid discovered through declassified CIA documents that Russia still has a massive network of former KGB listening stations that are actively eavesdropping. And here's where they are. Read More >>

hackers
Tonnes Of Hackers Hang Out In the USSR's Old Corner of the Internet

The Internet is a huge place. Some parts of it are awesome, but others are...less so. And falling squarely in that latter category is the ancient .su domain, once the cyberhome of the Soviet Union. It's not exactly well maintained, or well policed, which is why more and more online criminals are using it as a hideout. Read More >>

monster machines
The USSR's First Supersonic Bomber Failed Harder than Soviet Communism

In the early 1960s, when ICBMs were still in their developmental infancy, the Soviet Union figured its best option for delivering a nuclear strike was to build an intercontinental supersonic bomber. Fortunately, they only got the second half right. Read More >>

monster machines
MiG-15: The First Great Soviet Interceptor

Coming out of WWII, America's Air Force was the undisputed champ of the skies. That all changed during the Korean War when Soviet forces unveiled the MiG-15, a sprightly swept-wing interceptor that would go on to spark decades of dogfights. Read More >>

space
12 Reasons Why the USSR Never Got to the Moon

While the Saturn V made headlines shuttling American astronauts to the moon, the Soviet N1 rocket was made famous for a slightly different reason—when it blew up on takeoff it resulted in the largest, non-nuclear, man-made explosion of all time. This week's Oobject showcases the N1 and 11 other pieces of Soviet Moon tech used in the USSR's failed moon shot. Read More >>

design
The Many Monuments to Russia's Beloved MiG

The MiG-15 dominated the skies when made its debut in the Korean war. One of the USSR's first successful swept-wing aircraft it has since become the most-built jet of all time. Our friends at Oobject have assembled the most soaring monuments to the Soviet's favorite fighter. Read More >>

monster machines
The World's Biggest Nuclear Submarine Is Also One of the Sneakiest

While the Red October may not have been an actual submarine, the Russian Typhoon class that it's based on certainly is. Turns out, Hollywood didn't have to embellish many details for the film—Typhoons really can sneak up on you. Read More >>

monster machines
The Concorde's Soviet Older Sister That Just Couldn't Stop Crashing

When you think of super sonic flight, you probably first think of the Concorde. But that wasn't the first super sonic transporter and it certainly wasn't the first commercial plane break the sound barrier. Those honours belong to the Tupolev TU-144, the USSR's only super sonic transport. Read More >>

monster machines
The Soviet Vityaz Was the Big Dog of the Cold War

Take the all-terrain capabilities of the US Army's new packbot, add the uncanny reliability of a Kalishnakov and some tank treads—Boom! You've got yourself an unstoppable killing machine cargo transporter. Read More >>

retromodo
How the USSR Cleaned Up Photos in 1987 Reminds Me That Photoshop Is Awesome

The USSR has a rather frightening history when it comes to photo manipulation. Over time they've decided to use their photo manipulation skills for good instead of, well, disappearing people. Read More >>

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