Former Ukrainian president leaves behind Russian car collection

Just a couple days ago, the world media and some bewildered journalists got a glimpse of now-departed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's villa on the Dnieper river, called Mezhyhirya. The sprawling and not-particularly-tasteful residence rests on a 345-acre lot of real estate (a little over half the size of… » 2/24/14 2:52pm 2/24/14 2:52pm

Tour Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport

Both Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in desert of Kazakhstan. It has since served as a launch pad for generations upon generations of spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Take a tour of Baikonour as it looks today. » 8/04/13 8:35pm 8/04/13 8:35pm

The Soviet Union's space-themed stamps will make you love Cosmonauts

A week ago, we featured a fresh, visually stunning Hungarian music video by Kerekes Band. The creator of this well animated video used Soviet stamps, postcards and posters from the 60s and 70s to create good-looking vintage space scenes. » 6/07/13 7:53am 6/07/13 7:53am

Show Us The Weirdest And Best Communist Sports Cars

For some reason, the commies weren't really into sports cars. Maybe driving for something other than to transport political prisoners around seemed like a waste of precious resources. No matter, this didn't stop the engineers of the nationalized factories from creating beautiful machines from the bits and pieces they… » 12/12/12 3:00pm 12/12/12 3:00pm

Sikorsky's Motorized Sleigh And Other Forgotten Soviet Snowmobiles

Russia's armed "aerosleds" may look like science fiction, but they're a real part of Russia's history. As invading armies tried merely to survive the intense Russian winters, the Russians thrived, due in large part to the bizarre, Star Wars-esque snowcraft. » 10/07/10 12:00pm 10/07/10 12:00pm

GAZ Announces End Of The Road For Volga

After nearly 53 years of production, Russian auto manufacturer GAZ » 10/29/08 12:30pm 10/29/08 12:30pm has announced the end of production for the famed saloon. The rolling symbol of the former Soviet Union will be put to rest in two months as a result of falling demand, high commodity prices, and cheap foreign cars flooding the market. GAZ plans to…

James May Takes An Ekranoplan For A Spin

Moonlighting in this clip for his Big Ideas » 9/29/08 12:30pm 9/29/08 12:30pm program, presenter got behind the wheel of a Soviet-era . Piloting the small example of our favorite non-wheeled mode of transportation over a frozen body of water, Captain Slow stayed true-to-form, only bringing the ekranoplan up to not-quite-flying speed. Of course, the…

We Will Steer Over You! Soviet-Era Arcade Video Games

While we were throwing quarters into Spy Hunter or Robotron 2084, our counterparts in the Soviet Union were slipping Kopecks into Obgon and Autorally. Seems that Soviet military factories procured a few Japanese games and reverse engineered over 70 Soviet versions. These games were then officially distributed for the… » 6/13/07 1:00pm 6/13/07 1:00pm

Rocket to Russia: Moskvitch 410H

The Soviets Russians recently launched a new-and-improved intercontinental ballistic missile that First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said would be easily able to overcome any existing and future missile defense systems. With this recent and disturbing news fresh in mind we bring you the Moskvitch 410H 4X4.… » 5/31/07 1:00pm 5/31/07 1:00pm

We Will Bury You! The ZIL-111

While Ladas and Zastavas were all fine and good for the workers, the big shots rolled in a ZIL. The company was born as ZIS at the hands of the Fathers of the USSR - including but not limited to Stalin himself. The Post-Stalinist ZIL brought American styling cues into the mix with the likes of Yuri Gagarin and Nikita… » 5/01/07 9:00pm 5/01/07 9:00pm

The Red Menace: Zastava-Yugo 750!

The diminutive Zastava was endearing enough to earn the nick name Nicia, which means Little Fiat in Serbian. As was its Fiat 500 cousin to the west, the compact Zastava was endlessly modified and by way of engine swaps and other creative mechanical mayhem. The final version of the car packed a very close to Fiat 850… » 5/01/07 8:00pm 5/01/07 8:00pm