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July 2019

Ekaterinburg - Military Technology Museum

One of the largest of its kind in the world

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This vast indoor and open-air collection of tanks and armoured vehicles is one of the largest of its kind in the world, with an extensive range of large military tanks and helicopters located outdoors, and smaller military craft and retro automobiles on display indoors.

We simply did not have time to do this place justice - it is enormous. Here is a selection of images of some of the exhibits.

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Posted by stevecrownz 15:01 Archived in Russia Tagged ekaterinburg military_technology_museum Comments (0)

Ekaterinburg

On the doorstep of Europe

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This beautiful city is one of our favourites so far.

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Ekaterinburg is known for the golden-domed Church on the Blood, built in the early 21st century on the site of the 1918 Romanov executions, Ipatiev House.

The Russian Imperial Romanov family (Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei) and all those who chose to accompany them into imprisonment—notably Eugene Botkin, Anna Demidova, Alexei Trupp and Ivan Kharitonov, were shot and bayoneted to death in Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg) on the night of 16–17 July 1918.

The epoch of the monarchic Russia ended and the epoch of the Soviet Russia began.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_the_Romanov_family for more information.

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This red room is situated where the basement of Ipatiev House was previously located. It was in this basement that the murders of the Romanov family took place.
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After the murders, their bodies were then taken to the Koptyaki forest where they were stripped and mutilated. In 1979 and 2007, the remains of the bodies were found in two unmarked graves in a field called Porosenkov Log.

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Ganina Yama was a 9 ft. deep pit in the Four Brothers mine near the village of Koptyaki, 15 km north from Yekaterinburg. In the pre-dawn hours of 17 July 1918, after the execution of the Romanov family, the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (who had been murdered at the Ipatiev House) were secretly transported to Ganina Yama and thrown into the pit.

A week later, the White Army drove the Bolsheviks from the area and launched an investigation into the fate of the royal family. An extensive report concluded that the royal family's remains had been cremated at the mine, since evidence of fire was found and charred bones, but no bodies. But the Bolsheviks, realizing that the burial site was no longer a secret, had returned to the site the night after the first burial to relocate the bodies to another area. The secret Bolshevik report on the execution and burial did not give the location of the second burial site, but the description provided clues.

Seven chapels were later constructed at the site, one for each member of the royal family. Each chapel is dedicated to a particular saint or relic; all members of the Romanov family that was murdered were subsequently canonized to sainthood.

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Posted by stevecrownz 13:23 Archived in Russia Tagged crow bmw russia customs vladivostok versys carr as_the_crow_flies 1200gsa Comments (3)

Tyumen to Ekaterinburg - 326km


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Glorious! A short day! Only 326km to ride!

This gave David the opportunity to take the time to stop and 'play' with his drone so we when we saw a village about half a kilometre off to the north of the highway we turned off to explore it and for David to launch the drone and get some really cool footage of life in rural Russia.

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We were particularly taken with the local shop; the only shop in town.

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David and I bought an ice cream each from store; which was 'staffed' by a young woman who was particularly shy about being photographed.

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Posted by stevecrownz 09:35 Archived in Russia Tagged ekaterinburg tyumen Comments (0)

TRIP HAZARD #3: The Short Drop


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In New Zealand, and probably many, many other places around the world, in areas where there are no public sanitation systems toilets often comprise some some for 'seating / supporting arrangement' mounted over a deep hole dug into the ground to collect the aghhh, ummmmm, well you get the picture.

At home this is fondly called a 'Long Drop' for obvious reasons.

Now, Long Drops are rarely pleasant things to use but unless you opt to grab a torch or miner's helmet and peer down into the gloom the chances of being confronted by something left behind by a previous 'tenant, apart from a foul odour, is low.

In Russia, and in particular Siberia and the Eastern areas, they have brutalised the Long Drop and developed a particularly odious contraption, the Short Drop.

In its purest form, the Short Drop is simply a mounted platform raised 300 to 500mm off the ground with a hole cut in it for bodily wastes to pass through onto the nearly ground.

I have had the misfortune of needing to use (for number ones only thank god) short drops on a number of occasions and suffice it to say some were so absolutely rank and foul that I simply could not stay long enough to take any photographs. Oh, and forget European type thrones, we are talking squatters here folks.

Here is a BETTER one.

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These are typical of most road-houses / truck stops in Eastern Siberia.

Posted by stevecrownz 06:42 Archived in Russia Tagged crow bmw russia customs vladivostok versys carr as_the_crow_flies 1200gsa Comments (0)

Omsk to Tyumen - 634kms

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Another long day on the open road.

Vast plains of grass reminded us a lot of the steppes we had encountered earlier in our trip across Siberia while forests of larch and other Russian natives provided welcome relief from the seemingly endless miles of waving grass.

Some images from the road.

Leaving Omsk
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The open road
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As usual, we stopped a number of times along the way; either for fuel or just a break from the seat and some refreshments.

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Arriving Tyumen
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Our Tyumen hotel's cafe with it's unusual, cool but not functional, waterwheel feature.
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Posted by stevecrownz 20:58 Archived in Russia Tagged omsk tyumen Comments (0)

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