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05-Dec-2014 Travel The Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan are one of the top places to visit in the former Soviet Union. So it is unfortunate that governments including the British have issued a negative travel advice for the region. Comtourist are planning to go there in the summer of 2015, travel writer Susan Holden looked into the situation to see if travellers should avoid this exiting region. More: Pamirs travel advice

18-Oct-2014 Politics Russia's reputation in the west received some heavy blows during the last two years. Putin's dictatorial style of ruling the country and wars against its neighbours have given rise to some serious questions for travellers. Should we boycott Russia? Or go there and promote mutual understanding? Is our image off Russia to negative due to misleading media coverage? Is Russia safe for Westerners? Travel writer Susan Holden argues that the case is not clear cut. More: Travelling to Russia yes or no?

20-Sep-2014 Museum The Museum of Strategic Rocket Forces near the Ukrainian town of Pervomaysk is one of the greatest places we at Comtourist have visited in the former Soviet Union. Almost everything at this former missile base still works as it did before it was decommissioned in the early nineties. We descended in the command centre and got to push the button that would have launched the bomb. More: Museum of Strategic Rocket Forces

08-May-2013 Museum Many Soviet Republic capitals had a local Branch of the Central Lenin Museum. The former Lenin Museum in Bishkek was mostly left unchanged since Soviet times and is a must see attraction in the Kyrgyz capital. Another great Soviet museum is dedicated to Mikhail Frunze, a Bolshevik leader who was born in Bishkek and after who the city was named during Soviet times. More: Bishkek Lenin and Frunze Museums

29-Mar-2013 Politics The defeat of communism was complete in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down. This was by no means enough for victorious capitalists who will try to destroy every bid of East German history they can! They already managed to destroy the beautiful Palace of the Republic and are now bringing down the last piece of the Berlin Wall. More: Shame on you Berlin

15-Mar-2013 Museum The Railway Museum in not only the number one museum in Tashkent, it is also one of the largest railway museums in the former Soviet Union. The museum boasts a large collection of Soviet made steam, diesel and electric locomotives, plus a variety of carriages and railway engineering equipment. More: Tashkent Railway Museum

03-Oct-2012 Museum Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior in Hermeskeil near the ancient German town of Trier is an aviation museum with a very large collection of aircraft including almost 30 Soviet and Eastern European models, both civil and military. Large passenger planes include an Ilyushin Il-14, Ilyushin Il-18, Antonov An-26 and a Tupolev Tu-134. The collection also includes various helicopters including a giant Mil Mi-6 and an impressive Mil Mi-24 from the East German Army. More: Flugausstellung L+P Junior

02-Oct-2012 Museum The Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum in south-western Germany is packed with a giant collection of cars, aircraft and military hardware. The USSR and East Germany are well represented with the Tupolev Tu-144 also known as the Soviet Concorde as absolute highlight of the exhibition. The only Tu-144 on display outside Russia is placed on the roof of the museum building together with the Concorde and is open to walk in for visitors. More: Technik Museum Sinsheim

01-Oct-2012 Museum The Speyer Technik Museum is a mandatory visit for space enthusiast in general and especially for those interested in the history of the Soviet Space Program. The museum owns an extremely rare Buran Space Shuttle, developed during the 1980s but cancelled after the collapse of the USSR. There are much more exhibits on display that make a trip to Speyer worth while ,including a giant walk-in Antonov an-22 cargo plane and a giant Chinese steam locomotive. More: Technik Museum Speyer

12-Aug-2012 Food Rumours that a North Korean Restaurant would be opened in Amsterdam first serviced in 2011 when a Job opening for North Korean waitresses appeared in several newspapers. It took another year, but restaurant Pyongyang opened its doors in January 2012, not in the centre as the rumours said but in the outskirts of Osdorp. Comtourist visited Restaurant Pyongyang a couple of months later to see what all the fuss is about. More: Restaurant Pyongyang