50 thoughts on “Russia by Boris Mikhailov”

  1. Really nice pics, I don’t know why but all this stuff about Russia fascinate me, I’m from Brazil and through this site I’ve learned a lot about your culture and how is the daily life up there… so, keep up with the good work.

    • yeah Russia is indeed fascinating. On this site, however, you learn nothing about Russia. And what’s worse, people think they come anything close to Russia by seeing this trash which is described unaccurate, mostly.

      • I have an question, have you (Mike) been to Russia? And if yes, I do not mean the tourist attractions, but real Russia like the one most tourists don’t see. Because some of the pictures/places you can see here on this site, I have seen with my own eyes. And those pictures don’t tell everything, actually the reality is more fascinating or for a person from the West, unbelievable.

        • Hi KBR

          yes, I’ve been to Russia and many other places of eastern europe and quite off the beaten track. I’ve been travelling to the Russian countryside, I’ve been using Russian trains and elektrichkas and I’ve been to many really ‘special’ places such as Pridnestrovie / Transnistria (yes, I know that this is not Russia).
          Even if the pics from Englishrussia.com are not fake and would be correctly described (too often they’re not), they’d give a very biased and one-sided view of Russia. I like the site as it’s good for a laugh, and that’s it.

          • What’s the other side, Mike??? A world of those guys who sell gas? You must have mssed something, because this is what russia looks outside moscow and st petersburg.

            • better to say that people in city’s live like in west, and on countryside they live very often without electricity gas and work.

              • by the way everybody who has big mouth talking only ST Petersburg and Moscow offer godo living standards. Look at this site: http://gorod.dp.ua/photo/new.php?order=1&page=8&period=14

                It shows pictures of dnepropetrovsk. And compare these pictures with those above. Then tell if much did change or not. And probably those pictures above are Moscow, if you’d see pictures of Dnepropetrovsk 15 years back you would see more poverty than on the ones above.

                • Russia is a lot like some countries of Latin America. High-rise buildings and expensive cars in rich areas of major cities, and poverty and misery in much of the rest of the country. “New Russians” business elite and corrupt politicians living in magnificent villas and “small people” being unable to buy food after having paid rent for apartment.

        • Lol a reality, how do you know, I can say from the photographers style that he is trying to depict one side of events, life suffering.

      • It actually in reality much much worse than those pictures. If you travel to any smaller town besides Moscow get ready for real shock.

        You would see drunks, foul language, urine smelling walkways, filth everywhere.

      • Hey mike care to direct us to a site with ‘real’ pictures?

        I know the pictures here don’t show day to day life for russian now (or even russians then) but they do still show interesting glimpses of something someone once saw.

        I love the images of russia on this site – in the same way i love these sort of images: http://www.viewimages.com/Search.aspx?mid=3373359&epmid=2&partner=Google

        and this: http://www.seedetroit.com/photos/

  2. Are these pictures really from the 90’s or are they earlier then that? I feel like they could be quite a bit older, but maybe I’m wrong…

  3. I guess the pictures were made with “Horizont”, a panoramic camera which is so rare that I never had it in my hands:
    The good old days of 35 mm B/W film, developer and fixer…

  4. These pictures are meant to show the dark, dirty, and bad sides of Russia. Granted, in those times there wasnt much good, but if you base your view of Russian life on this set then you are a fool.

  5. I love the photos with the goat, trying to drag it on a bus. We spent most of our youth worried that those high tech Russian scientists would develop some sort of super weapon and overrun our country. Only 17 years ago, wow, Russian people were the ones who paid for the arms race. So sad. Looks like some places in India with all the dirt and grime, but Indian buses are much older.

    • That’s what i like about Russia. We have the smartest people of the world and we have the dumbest people. We have most beautiful girls, we have most ugly grandma’s (babuchaks). We have best athletes, no negative point on this one. We beated romans/mongols/napoleon/hitler that destroyed all other european country at their times.We have most advanced weapons and space tech of the world, but we can’t even make good automobiles tv’s or even toiletpaper!

      There’s no logic in our culture/history/people, we just are what god made us.

    • Americans,
      why you believe all that said, and shows your government. look at yourself, you do zombies with brain washed!
      Russia has two sides – government and the people. And the views of those parties may not coincide.
      But for some reason I have not heard of the views of the American people – you simply repeat of that tells you the Government

  6. Whatever and whenever these pictures are from, they show one universal truth: where there is extreme poverty there is extreme despair. It would be difficult to live in such poor and neglected places and NOT be an alcoholic constantly trying to erase it all from your mind.

  7. These are fascinating–in stark contrast to the “official” photographs (read: propoganda) that made soviet Russia look so idyllic that were posted earlier.

    • i don’t think anyone pretended during these years that life was idyllic. official photographs showed tanks and turmoil. go back another 20 years, that was idyllic.

  8. Wait a minute, is that a woman without legs using that board with wheels or is she just kneeling?? Looks exactly like one of the boards we used in kindergarden phys. ed

  9. Well it’s kind of thematical pictures in 1 theme: the povetry. Go to any Russian city with over 200k people and you won’t see much of what in these pictures.

    to fakerussian. I’m sorry dude that you live in russia and poor lol you have computer though

  10. Well it’s kind of thematical pictures in 1 theme: the povetry. Go to any Russian city with over 200k people and you won’t see much of what in these pictures.

    to fakerussian. I’m sorry dude that you live in russia and poor lol you have computer though

  11. Hey,
    i was just wondering for A level reasons,
    are all these pictures actually by Boris Mikhailov? I’m researching him and i dont want to put in fake photographs

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