Villagers call Meyram water sprite because he has been working as a plumber for 26 years. Right now Meyram is on vacation but he still goes to work to check out if everything is Ok because he prefers to
look after things himself. He gets to work by bicycle, both in summer and winter. Water is his source of income (he makes about $100 a month). Besides, it is his friend and healer.
People living in this Kiselevka Village in the Mahilyow Region, Belarus, are so accustomed to the words 'Chernobyl' and 'radiation' that they stopped paying attention to their meaning. They give birth to children, farm and gather together by the evening fire. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster didn't affect their life style at all. These photographs were taken before (1980-1982) and
after the catastrophe (1990 and 2000) by photographer Alexander Stepanenko whose family, together with other families, still lives in the contaminated area. They say that if they had been told right away about the nuclear accident, they might have moved to another village built for them 30 km away from where they today now but now it is too late.
Residents of Moscow find the Moscow Metro the most beautiful in the world.This is a summary received after asking over 300 people what exactly they like and don't like about the Moscow Metro. As for those
doors, it is difficult to imagine how many people have broken their arms and hurt their heads against them. Besides, before surmounting this obstacle, try to guess which of the doors are open.
On December 7th, 1988 Armenia was hit with a powerful 7.2 earthquake destroying the city of Spitak and 58 villages. Such cities as Leninakan, Stepanavan, Kirovakan, as well as other 300 villages, were partially destroyed. The earthquake killed at least 25,000 people; 514,000 lost their homes. Geologists and earthquake engineering experts laid the blame on the poorly built support structures of apartments and
other buildings built during the 'stagnation' era of Leonid Brezhnev. The Soviet Union was harshly criticized for its inability to carry out rescue operations. The country was not ready for a catastrophe of this kind. It's been over 20 years since the deadly tremor, however, a lot of Armenian people still have to live in temporary metal structures called 'small houses'.
From September, 15th till September, 27th, 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, paid an official visit to the Unites States of America, first visit in the
history of Soviet-American relations. Total number of journalists covering the event was estimated at 5,000 which was an absolute record at that time. Below are photographs by Hank Walker.