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  • Last Podcast On The Left: Rasputin

    It’s world history time as Last Podcast On The Left covers the full saga of one of the most mysterious men of the 20th century: Grigori Rasputin. Join them on this one as they explore the early life that shaped the Siberian peasant who helped bring down a dynasty. More

  • Historical photo: Mafia hanging out near the “Intourist” hotel, 1993, Moscow

    This photo captures the 1990s in Russia. If you look closely at the person on the right, you will notice that he’s wearing a burgundy suit jacket. Bordeaux and crimson suit jackets were very popular among the so-called “new Russians” (mobsters). These outfits were the main signs of their subculture. Also, mobsters loved wearing massive […] More

  • Historical places of Great October Revolution: Then And Now

    The revolution of 1917 changed the course not only of Russian, but also the world history. The past hundred years have brought collapse, rebirth and the new collapse of the Russian empire. But, as these photos prove, Moscow and St. Petersburg pretty much remain the same. More

  • The Great Seal bug: How the Soviet Union Spied on the US Embassy

    The amazing story behind the picture began in February 1945, when the leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition countries: the USSR, the United States and Great Britain met in Yalta to discuss the post-war world order. After the conference, the American and British ambassadors, who accompanied Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were taken to the Soviet […] More

  • A Russian immigrant to NY in the 1920s, Lillian Alling was so homesick that she resolved to walk home to Siberia

    The 25 year old Lillian Alling was an immigrant from Russia, who lived in New York in 1920s. She felt alienated by the New Yorker snobs, who felt superior to an insecure outsider trying to fit in. Most likely, she arrived in New York in 1925, but whether she was alone or not, and what […] More

  • The Tsar with the Dragon Tattoo

    On the right forearm of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, is Chinese dragon tattoo, that was made during his stay in Nagasaki in 1891. On one of the official events, Nicholas II of Russia had the unexpected request. He asked to introduce him to the local tattoo artists, who were featured in the […] More

  • American Bald Eagle Statue in the Heart of Saint Petersburg

    The Singer House is one of the most beautiful buildings in Saint Petersburg. Also, it is a home of largest and most famous bookshop, Dom Knigi (“House of the Book”). However, today we focus on the bald eagle statue; the symbol of the American pride, that sits on the glass dome of the Singer Company […] More

  • Photographs of the Soviet Russia from the Archive of the University of Virginia

    An interesting archive of color photographs of Soviet life, is available on the server of the University of Virginia. Today, we brought to your attention the photo, that was captured in the summer of 1964, in Moscow. The image depicts the moment of two worlds miraculously colliding. On the photo, Soviet citizens are looking at […] More

  • The Online Community That Collects Strange Vintage Postcards from Pre-Revolutionary Russia

    Online community “Stupid Postcards” collects images of bizarre vintage postcards. While some of them may have a point, some are hard to wrap a head around. So, without further ado, here are the most ridiculous postcard from the collection. More

  • Muhammad Ali in the Soviet Union, 1978

    In May 1978, Moscow was preparing for 1980 Summer Olympics. The Soviet Ambassador to the United States, Dobrynin proposed to invite the famous athlete and world boxing champion Muhammad Ali, to the Soviet Union. Dobrynin’s proposal was supported and in June, 1978, Muhammad Ali arrived in Moscow, along with his wife, coach-manager and his lawyer. […] More

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