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Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Ostankino TV Tower: 45 Years of Operation

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45 years ago, on 5 November 1967, Phase One of the all-Union telecentre project was complete with the commissioning of the Ostankino TV Tower. This radio/TV broadcast tower is at 12 Ulitsa Akademika Koroleva in the Ostankinsky Raion of the Northeastern Administrative Okrug of the Federal City of Moscow (Central Federal District). The government decided to build the tower in 1957, and the builders worked on it from 1963 to 1967. At that time, it was the tallest structure in the world. The design of the tower is a hollow concrete pipe, stayed by compressed steel cables. The tower has two parts… a heavy base and a lighter mast. Its most progressive idea was to use a shallow foundation of only about 4.6 metres (15 feet). The total height of the tower is 540 metres (1,772 feet).

Until 1967, television broadcasts in Moscow beamed from the Shukhov Tower on Ultisa Shabolovka. Work on the tower began in 1960. However, soon, it went into suspension because of doubts about the solidity of the foundation’s construction. The final project draft came out in 1963. Its authors were chief designer Nikolai Nikitin and architects Leonid Batalov and Dmitri Burdin. Upon completion, the tower started broadcasting four television and three radio channels on the air.

8 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20121108/177232883.html

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

11 September 2012. Some of My Favourite Things… The Most Iconic Skyscraper in the Entire World… The Chrysler Building

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Friday, 31 August 2012

31 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Presents… Blacksmith Kirillov’s Fairy Tale House in the Village of Kunara

The house of the blacksmith Sergei Ivanovich Kirillov, located in the village of Kunara in Sverdlovsk Oblast, is justly famous for its striking beauty… tourists are riveted to the spot.

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Another view of the Kirillov House.

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The house resembles a fairytale tower; Kirillov built it in the middle of the 20th century… he began work in 1954 and he finished it in 1967.

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Kirillov inherited the house from his grandfather. The building was in poor condition and needed repair.

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Since then, Kirillov hasn’t stopped working on the house and decorating it. In the image above, Kirillov’s daughter Lyudmila touches up the paint on the house’s façade.

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Figures of children, riders, birds, missiles, Soviet symbols, heroes, different phrases, and many other items decorate the house.

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Today, Kirillov’s widow, Lydia Kharitonovna, lives in the house.

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In all of Russia, you won’t find another house that’s just as beautiful as this one is. In 1999, it won an award as the most beautiful house in the country. In the image above, we see Kirillov’s daughter Lyudmila in the courtyard getting ready to refresh the house’s paint.

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The house stands on a busy highway, but Kirillov’s widow never locks it up.

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Lydia has plenty of help with the upkeep of the house from people who appreciate her late husband’s creation; he was a master who spent his entire life creating this fairy tale house.

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30 August 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://www.ria.ru/photolents/20120830/733558917.html

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20120830/175519808.html

Monday, 27 August 2012

27 August. From the Russian Web… Three Houses with “Personality”

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