Here is a collection of goodies from the Life archive - the shots of Berlin made by an American photographer William Vandivert in May-July of 1945. These photos of high quality are especially valuable because they
carry minimum of propaganda and simply show the state of the city at the time when the rigid order of the Cold War hadn't yet been established, and the borders could be freely crossed by everyone...
Gennady (Surname withheld) , a forty-seven year old worker who lives in Moscow combines a hobby with a goodwill hunts for rats. Armed with a pneumatic sniper-rifle with a laser aim and silencer, (that costs over 3400 USD) he sets out in the evenings to his hunting
grounds- in his case to the city streets. Being a former duck-hunter, he started hunting for rats after another hunter shot him in the leg several years ago. He boasts of having shot dead a total of seven hundred thousand rats for a period of seven years.