30 thoughts on “Life In the Provinces”

  1. I am a resident of the province of Russia, I am extremely surprised.
    Where the author has found many negatives, alcoholics? poverty.
    All this of course will amuse people west.
    Сlear pictures of these epochs the collapse of the USSR

  2. Many scenes Maxim Gorky (Peshkov) would have observed with his own eyes in the 19th century (just the clothes are different).

  3. There is something vaguely eerie about these photos, how with just minor cosmetic differences they could be shots in any U.S. small town that was a one- industry village, down on their prospects, like with a failed textile mill or ceramic factory.

    It’s easy to see why the girls try to look their best, so as to be able to leave immediately if opportunity presents itself.

    Great image work, doesn’t need any narration as it speaks for itself.

    • Lol In Moscow and SPB live both rich and not rich people.
      I can’t say my family is RICH, but still we live in Moscow,
      and it’s OK. You fail, again…

  4. Let’s took photos of the most dirty alcoholics and bums in the most dirty, like black districts in NYC, in US, and say ” This is real life in USA, not like life in NYC or Los angeles where rich ppl live”.

  5. We’re all aware that the owner of this blog loves to portray Russian Federation, the former Soviet empire, the Slavic people, and even Imperial Russia as negatively as possible.

    Just keep it in mind, while you look for something to enjoy in the pictures.

  6. Nice pictures, but… I live in a province and I can say, that all these pictures don’t show us the life of the greatest part of the population. Of course, we have alcoholics, poor people and oldwomen in downy kerchiefs, but where is the photoes of the rest part of russian provinces? We are optimistic people, not everything is so bad! I was in Europe and I can say that nowadays the everyday life of people in Russia is like in Europe. Show us the real situation in the country, we don’t need any rare episods of our life. Sorry for mistakes, cause I’m from Russia.

    • zekich; no need to apologize, you said it beautifully! We need to remember that a movie or a few pictures are not a fair reflection of any country.

  7. I am an American. I have never been to Russia. Probably never will – BUT – I happened across this site a few weeks ago. Have slowly been looking through everything. What a beautiful land and interesting people.
    It is such a shame there is animosity between our people. Mostly manufactured by the Politicians and the few people who have hidden agendas to wealth & power. We should all recognize we are being hoodwinked and repressed on both (all)sides of the globe

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