Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko was born in the Ukrainian town of Belaya Tserkov on July 12th, 1916. She moved to Kiev with her family at the age of fourteen. There she joined a shooting club and developed into a sharpshooter, while working as a grinder at the Kiev Arsenal factory. In June 1941, 24-year old Pavlichenko was in her
fourth year of studying history at the Kiev University when Nazi Germany began its invasion of the Soviet Union. Pavlichenko was among the first round of volunteers at the recruiting office, where she requested to join the infantry and subsequently she was assigned to the Red Army's 25th Rifle Division.
"Polar circle", "Bypass". Photographer James Hill first came to Russia about 20 years ago. Hill is known for being part of the Times team that won a Pulitzer prize in 2002. He has also won the World Press Photo award among
many others. But he is perhaps best known for his ongoing narratives about Russias and his book called In Russias. Below are some of his photographs pulling back the curtain on an unseen Russia.