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Category Archives: History
Not bad. I think Lenin takes it. Thanks to SB.
Full credit for this post goes to LP and SB: News that the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez (who was called an ‘outstanding leader and manager and a close friend of Russia’ by Vladimir Putin) will be embalmed and put … Continue reading
Over the past few months, English Russia has published three separate albums with black-and-white photographs from the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Album 1, Album 2, Album 3 In my time working in this country, a couple of my own misconceptions … Continue reading
The ЖЖ “History and Modernity” recently posted a collection of Soviet-era travel posters, enticing foreigners to visit the land of Volga barges and Kirghiz peaks, not to mention Gulgas, purges and secret police. The images are – naturally – colorful, … Continue reading
An older documentary on Russian prison tattoos was posted on youtube in June 2012 and contains a musical sequence that will easily bring a sentimentalist to tears. In the clip, the guitarist plays a version of a song that is … Continue reading
“In Soviet Russia, mountain climbs you.” Pik Kommunizma is the former Soviet Union’s and Pamir’s highest peak. It is one of the five Snow Leopard mountains. The official name is nowadays Pik/Peak Ismail Somoni, but the name hasn’t stuck and … Continue reading
On 1 September 2012, Moscow celebrated its 865th birthday. The Moscow Times put together this photo album of the occasion: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/multimedia/photogalleries/moscows-865th-birthday-party/4874.html?photo=1 Thanks to LP for the link.
This post made my year. I don’t feel justified embedding the video because I don’t want to take any credit away from AS, the original blogger. Instead, I will just paste the video caption below to whet appetites. There are … Continue reading