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Old November 8th, 2016, 09:03 PM   #14781
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Old November 8th, 2016, 09:23 PM   #14782
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However, its regime was very brutal and totalitarian, maybe even worse than the Soviet one, especially in the last years when Ceausescu became psychotic and megalomaniac and Romanians started to starve.
I seem to remember that Romania actually fortified the Bulgarian border at one point, which shows how insane he was. Other Warsaw Pact borders (excluding ones with the Soviet Union, which had ridiculous fortifications) only had wire fences at most.

Not exactly sure where this is, but my guess is Kroscienko as the train ran in a corridor through the USSR there. It's the border between the People's Republic of Poland and the USSR.



(edit : just checked, it's Kroscienko. It wasn't open for ordinary people, so it must have been solely used by the military)



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Old November 10th, 2016, 12:35 AM   #14783
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Berlin, 27 years ago

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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old November 10th, 2016, 11:04 PM   #14784
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No border crossing there, though The Brandenburg Gate crossing only opened on the 22nd December (I think) for pedestrians only, and only for cars after 1st July 1990.

One very common thing that people assume is that the "wall" opened on the 9th November. The truth is that border crossings were maintained up until the very end on the 1st July 1990, while many of the bureaucratic requirements actually remained for quite a while. I think it was around Christmas 1989 before they actually allowed visa-free access for West Germans for instance.

The truly confusing time came between 01.07 and 03.10 - the East German borders were still controlled by East German border guards, yet there was a completely open border with West Germany.

Those interested in this stuff might find this interesting - http://www.worldpassportstamps.com/g...t-berlin-1989/ - it's a passport stamp from West Berlin in 1989. Unlike West Germany (where the Bundesgrenzschutz - Federal Border Guard - were responsible for border control), in West Berlin, border controls were the responsibility of the West Berlin police. They controlled all the borders to West Berlin,

Another good example here - http://www.iwanttobemad.com/wp-conte...76a8eba890.jpg

And just to add to the strangeness - East Germany wouldn't accept anything but identity cards from West Berlin residents.
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Old November 12th, 2016, 12:20 AM   #14785
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Well yes. Officially speaking, West Berlin was not a part of the Federal Republic: it was an occupation zone of the USA, the UK and France.
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Old November 14th, 2016, 08:25 AM   #14786
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Polish-Soviet border as seen from the train window, 1990.



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Old November 14th, 2016, 06:54 PM   #14787
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Serbia-Hungary, Kelebija-Tompa border crossing, on 10.11.2016. Barb wire, refugees that are living in no mans land.






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Old November 14th, 2016, 10:26 PM   #14788
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refugees that are living in no mans land.
I.e., migrants without required travel documents, usually heading to wealthy EU countries, waiting for a chance to get in.
Refugees proper may apply for asylum in Hungary at designated border posts, in all legality. Compliance to the official procedures by refugees is mandated by the same convention that requires countries to offer them shelter. Allowing them to transit for reaching a cherry-picked country of destination is not mandated by any law.

Nice photos though, I am surprised nobody came up earlier with a set of SRB-H crossing pictures since the aftermath of the Sep 2015 closure. We have only had those from the media, related to the Sep 15 border attack.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:22 PM   #14789
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The footbal pitch of Kostajnica is crossed by the Croatian-Bosnian border: https://www.google.it/maps/@45.22090.../data=!3m1!1e3

Article: https://www.trollfootball.me/videos/...untries-bosnia
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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #14790
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but is that border line correct there?
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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:31 PM   #14791
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but is that border line correct there?
Aparently it is. Here another article in English: http://www.sarajevotimes.com/?p=110432
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Old November 16th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #14792
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Would it not make sense for Croatia to cede that small bit of land to Bosnia?
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Old November 16th, 2016, 01:56 PM   #14793
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It doesn't appear to be correct:

http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/45.22139/16.54671

It looks like the border goes through the woods just to the north, so yes - if the ball goes out, they might have to cross the border to get it, but they clearly play within Bosnia.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 02:04 PM   #14794
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Openstreetmaps also isn't precise in borders...
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Old November 16th, 2016, 02:34 PM   #14795
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In this part of the world it is
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Old November 16th, 2016, 09:54 PM   #14796
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There is a tree line that seems to be border but if article says it.... can anyone check with accuracy?
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 09:04 PM   #14797
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Vaalimaa (Russian/Finnish border crossing)


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Old November 24th, 2016, 02:06 PM   #14798
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Vaalimaa (Russian/Finnish border crossing)

"Gränsövergångsttället"
Would that be Swedish? Looks very much like the German "Grenzübergangsstelle." Are the two languages really that similar or is it just a coincidence? (My German is pretty basic, so I wouldn't know.)

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Old November 24th, 2016, 05:22 PM   #14799
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Same family of languages. In Dutch it is called "Grensovergang"
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Old November 24th, 2016, 06:42 PM   #14800
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The Swedish word seems to be in the definite form though, it should be "Gränsövergångsställe" without the t at the end.
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