During World War II USA has helped great deal to the armies of the allies in every possible way, including sending the machinery and weapons according the so called "land lease" agreement. We have today one of the most exotic parts of this cooperation, that was very appreciated by Russian soldiers and was famous long after the war was over. This exotic American give away was a
production of a special canned pork stew designated to Russian troops and prepared according to the Russian traditional recipe. Russian soldiers are not used to those capitalistic foods you might supply us, bring us "The Tushonka", this might was in minds of Russian generals who asked American government to send this special food to the front lines.
Photographer Jason Eskenazi from the USA visited Russia in 1991 for the first time, it was on the eve of the August putsh, and since then he has returned to post-Soviet countries many times. The result - some exhibitions and a book "Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith". His
photographs are rather popular in the west. Jason says that USSR is a gloomy utopian nightmare . He believes that it's a tragedy that people of the ruined empire, who are not ready for a new life, who don't see their place in future, feel nostalgic about the communistic past.