It’s fall and in Russia its time to hunt mushrooms. Russian villagers call mushrooms “free pork” – implying that mushrooms have as much protein as meat and also tastes good if prepared correctly. The king of the Russian mushroom hunt is Beliy Grib or “White Mushroom” known as Porcini, or sometimes bolete, to the Western World. Here it is, in the pic above.
“They bark, cry and ask for people’s help – but nobody is coming”. Alexei together with his team are on a mission to save the pets who were left behind by their owners during the recent floods happening across Russian cities.
Some people were in such hurry to escape that they left their pets on a leash, chained to the fence, leaving the animals absolutely zero chances to escape the approaching waters.
So Moldavia was a sunny Soviet republic located in South-Eastern Europe, bordering Romania and known for its fine wines and Soviet pop star Sofia Rotaru. Basically, it was a nice place with pretty much warm climate compared to most of Russia, with long summers, golden fields of wheat and gardens with fruits. And to commemorate all this here is photo of Brezhnev surrounded by Moldavian women made during the “Golden Age” of Soviet Union during his visit to Moldavia. See more inside:
Russian bloggers were enraged recently by the photos of people that eat the meal that was served on the shovel to them. “They don’t have the dignity, behave worse than animals”, this were main arguments. However to me it looks pretty normal – just a practical way of serving something to a larger quantity of the seekers. Also its a free meal, they haven’t paid for it. More photos inside. Also there is a video of a “sausage rain” inside – another action that got people enraged and that was remembered in connection with shovel meals – some sausage company served airborne sausage boxes to some random field so people could run and snatch the free sausage.
A couple in city of Tver has married according to Pastafarian tradition. Do you know those pastafarian people – they make photos wearing pasta colanders on their heads for driving licences, and do other things to mock up a traditional approach to religion like – with all seriousness state that their highest deity is a Flying Spaghetti Monster and more thing like this. You can read here if you are interested. Meanwhile in Tver one young couple decided to marry according to Pastafarianism tradition – please note a guy already has put his colander on. More photos inside:
On 20th February the Governor of one Russian region was visiting the 39th Russian Rocket Regiment. The press was coming along with a governor and so did Nikolay, the photographer. Now, thanks to Nikolay we can see what’s inside the closed and secured doors of Russian rocket regiment. The story is inside:
I am not sure, but as far as I recall despite lots of abandoned places posted on this blog, we didn’t feature any milk factories. In Soviet Russia milk factory was basically called a place which under the order of the Soviet State was producing different sort of milk products all under the same brand. Those could include a few types of milk of different fat contents, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream, ice cream, kefir and other products made out of cultured milk. Surprisingly, those didn’t produce any yogurt, and most of Soviet people didn’t try yogurts in their life, until the USSR collapsed.
Now this team of urban explorers lead by Vasili has travelled to one of those which lays abandoned from presently recent age – in 2012 he says it was totally closed, so this site he visited has both Soviet and Russian features inside:
In 1989 Boris Yeltsin, at times just a Soviet parliament and High Council member, has visited United States of America with an unofficial visit. The program of the visit consisted of visiting different landmarks like a Lindon Johnes Space center in Texas etc, but Yeltsin also wanted to see how regular Americans live so he headed directly to the grocery store he saw on the street. The journalists that were with him on a trip were telling Yeltsin was pretty much shocked by the diversity in the store and was waving his hands all the time – like here on a photo. Inside you can see more photos of him in a store and also a short video which can help you understand why Yeltsin was surprised that much:
Just some random Soviet family going camping. Nothing special, nothing more than this. If you are not into this, just ignore this atmospheric post of times that are long gone.
On the first Saturday of October, the people of an Armenian mountain village gather for a wine and food festival, taking out their wine stored in the cellars. Lots of food and wines. Most of the people you’ll see still speak Russian as a tradition from USSR. So Russian photographer Petr has visited the event, and here we can see how it usually is over there: