In the Soviet Union, most of the schools didn't carry names, but rather they were numbered. In smaller cities, the number of schools didn't exceed a two digit number, but in cities like Moscow there could be more than a thousand schools, at least this is what comes out of their numbered "names". The schools could be called "School #1022", "School #111" etc. and when kids talked to each other, they referred to a number in order to identify which
school they were visiting. Also, the schools were not divided into primary middle and high schools, they were just "schools" where the children of all school age attended. In Soviet times, they were forced to wear school uniforms, however by the early nineties most of the kids didn't wear them. This is a photo series of the Russian school of the early 1990s, 1991 to be exact, and the school number was "205".
Most people know what hormones are and why they are needed, but only a few people know exactly how the research of hormonal interactions in the human body is done. For obvious reasons, and due to the complexity of these kinds of experiments, they can not be conducted on human beings. That is why, in the second half of the century in most countries, special
research institutes have been set up. Most of the necessary experiments are conducted on animals - rats, rabbits and primates. One of such institutes was called "The USSR Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy". There are a lot of rumors about the attempt to crossbreed humans and monkeys to create super-soldiers being done in this place.
Spacesuits for Russian cosmonauts are being produced at the factory "Star". The "Star" started operations in 1952, but at that time the factory did not have a name - it was called factory "№ 918" and was one of the most secret factories
of the Ministry of Aviation Industry of the USSR. Now the "Star" produces high altitude equipment for pilots - suits, helmets, oxygen masks, fire suppression systems, ejection seats, parachutes and inflatable slides.
Today, the Exclusion zone is a superficial open radioactive source. Within radioactively contaminated territories, a series of works were carried out to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and radionuclides outside the
exclusion zone, to the main reservoirs of Ukraine (Kiev reservoir, the Dnieper river, etc.) The Ukrainian part of the exclusion zone, and the zone of obligatory resettlement, has an area at about 2598 km2.
Vladimir Vorobjev is another Soviet photographer which didn't become famous during his lifetime. His granddaughter spent her time together with another man going through his archives and after that the photos were published in a Russian magazine. He was especially active in the 1980s, so these photos here mainly reflect USSR at
that time. As the magazine quotes the photographer: "The most value for a photographer is to make social photography. Every day things, routines, life - what can be more important than that? And the best criteria to distinguish good social photography is its truthfulness." So here we have the photos.
On Paskha (Russian for Easter) some homes used to serve round cakes with sugary decorative toppings which they call Kulich. According to Wikipedia, those kuliches were a tradition of pre Christian slavic people of Russia, which was sort of ritual bread to celebrate a few important occasions during the year, like the New Year or early spring or in autumn for harvest holiday. Later
however, it got a Russian Orthodox church meaning and now it's sort of connected with Russian Christianity. There are factories specializing in these sorts of cakes closer to Easter, and priests sometimes come to the factory to give their "blessings". The cakes used to be decorated on top, and some of them are decorated by hand using brushes and edible paints: