13 Nice To Live in a Soviet Country!

Nice To Live in a Soviet Country!

Photos of a talented American photographer Howard Sochurek taken in the Leningrad Palace of the Pioneers and
Schoolchildren. Howard Sochurek was a member of the Nixon delegation in Russia in summer 1959.
14 Half-Dead City Arkalyk

Half-Dead City Arkalyk

Arkalyk is a city in central Kazakhstan, the centre of the Arkalyk district in the Kostanay region. It was founded in 1956, got
the status of the city in 1965. It's located 670 km from Astana, 480 km from Kostanay. Today it is nearly dead...
3 Heritage of Prokudin-Gorsky: Close Up Plans

Heritage of Prokudin-Gorsky: Close Up Plans

You've seen already some sets of photos by a famous Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorsky: 1, 2, 3. These are some close up views reavealing new details
definitely deserve your attention. On the photo fragment above: "On the river Sim at the station Ashi-Balashovskaya", 1910. Looks like a painting!
15 Free Riders Journey From Moscow to St. Petersburg

Free Riders Journey From Moscow to St. Petersburg

Young people go from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back by electric trains. They have to change 4 times. All the way takes about 16 hours. They do not buy tickets. They either manage to escape controllers, or move from one car to another, or
controllers do not approach such a big marginal crowd being afraid (like in case with football fans). That's the meaning of such a journey - economy and adventures, you'll never mess up this country with any other else.
0 When Someones Child Becomes Yours, Part II

When Someones Child Becomes Yours, Part II

We started to tell you about the kids adopted in villages last week. It's another, second, story. The dweller of a village Chany, Elena Podchasova, had always known she'd have adopted children. Today, apart from her own kids, she has 6 from other parents. She even wanted to adopt one more
little one but her husband Vladimir doubts they can afford it. And they are not so young already... The first step is the hardest. Then foster parents are afraid of nothing. They are rewarded by gratitude and love of children whose destiny changes for the better so much.

12 The Main Color Was Grey

The Main Color Was Grey

1990-1995, Russia. 23 shots of a French journalist Jean-Paul Guilloteau taken in different regions of Russia in the years that seem to be the period of mythology now... The landscape left by the USSR. Atmosphere, streets, faces, colors, clothes and things of that time, when the Soviet Empire vanished so fast but all its material
attributes were still around. The alternative future gave only hints: brights signs, lines in the subway, bottled beer that was not a hard-to-get thing anymore... These photos are so different from what we see everyday in the varicoloured flow of news of the XXI century so it was impossible to miss. 

0 How Filimonov Toys Survive

How Filimonov Toys Survive

Now goes the story about one folk craft that would die
if a small group of enthusiasts don't sustain it.
124 Life In Occupation on German Photos

Life In Occupation on German Photos

You probably think that Nazis were bloody greedy bastards that occupied the whole of Europe and part of the USSR, and were treating people badly, without any respect, who behaved like degenerates and cried "Heil Hitler"
all the time. You are probably right, this is how they are depicted by Hollywood, but reality was somehow different. Let's see how it was thanks to the rare and unique archive photos we have here today!
10 When Someones Child Becomes Yours, Part I

When Someones Child Becomes Yours, Part I

Summer camp "Khomutina". Residents of a children's home dream about a family, parents, a house. The children's house appeared in 1942 - kids from the siege Leningrad were brought here. Some years ago there were 120 inmates here, today - 55. Many of them are adopted. Such children have dramatic past, uneasy present and unclear future. Will they ever be happy? They get used to life in a commune, they are self-confident and sometimes cruel but each of them wants warmth anyway. Little ones always
take hands of guests... New parents should be prepared, they should give love and be patient. Adopted kids don't have to be returned back. One noisy girl was brought back just because she had broken a tail of a parrot toy and spoiled mom's cosmetics... One practical man aged 12 who lives in Mamonovo village and whose name is Andrey convinced granny to adopt other children: "Dear granny, our house is big, enough space to give home to others."
2 Like In Venice?

Like In Venice?

It's Alatyr. Three different rivers unite in one stream in spring what often causes such a big flood. The average upwelling level is 6 m 85 cm, today it is 7 m 40 cm. Though the water is still
rising, the record of 1926 - 9 m will hardly be beaten. About 4,5 km2 of the city has sunk under water. Luckily there are no victims but 3 000 people are in the flooded zone.