"Land of non-return" is a project of a photographer Victoria Sorochinski. The photos were taken at Ukrainian villages during the winter and autumn of 2009. Life in villages in such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, etc. is very difficult. Time seems to stand still there. These places, almost untouched by industrial progress, is inhabited by elderly people
(women for the most part), since all the young moved to nearby cities. Many of the residents are older than 90. Most of them are unable to take care of their farms. The pensions of these people are so small that are hardly enough for buying bread and milk. In most villages there are no schools, no hospitals, no work, no gas or even water supply...
"Sevastopol's City Hospital №1 named after Nikolay Pirogov is one of the most powerful medical institutions created in Ukraine. It includes a hospital with 792 beds, 4 outpatient clinics and the department of family medicine" - these words can be read on the official site of the hospital on the Internet. This summer, the hospital was visited by the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He was quite horrified by that what he saw. He said: "Most of
the buildings of the hospital were built in the 19th century, after the war. Wards are in a terrible condition! It seems that since the battle of Sevastopol nothing has changed here!" Right after the visit of the Prime Minister it was decided to demolish one of the buildings and construct the new one in its place... But what was so terrible in that what the Prime Minister saw? Let's see ourselves.
During 20 years photographer Lucien Perkins covered events in Russia and other former Soviet countries. He came to Moscow for the first time in 1988 for the historic meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1993 he again went to Russia for
six months and he felt that it was absolutely different country. Photos of Perkins not only reflect the major political events of the time, but also capture the spirit of freedom that prevailed in hearts of Russian people in the 90s.