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Those hammer and sickle days June 24, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in geo-politics, image, videos.

Million things about the June 4th, 1989 I did not know. All the million things can be found in this brilliant documentary. The most famous picture associated with the massacre apparently happened 2 days later.

More pictures here. Linked from IndiaUncut.


I have a fetish for reading about (and visiting some day) relics like these :

Also known as the Tagansky Underground Command Center, the 75,000-square-foot facility was built 200 feet below ground level as a communications complex meant to survive a U.S. nuclear attack on Moscow. Work on it began in 1952, when Stalin was still Soviet dictator, and it went into service four years later. The site was in operation through the 1970s, with a staff of 2,500, of whom 1,500 could be on duty at any one time. In the event of a nuclear war, it would have been sealed, with enough stored food for three months, and systems to purify the air. A planned 1980s renovation was abandoned as tensions between the Soviet Union and the West eased, and the site was declassified in 1995.

That is now a museum !


Circa 2002 : I used to hum/sing this song during some really boring classes at KREC, Suratkal, while dedicating it to some of the professors. 🙂



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