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  • Soviet Work Safety Posters

    Human factors are the main causes of the most accidents, catastrophes and fatalities at work. Soviet authorities tried to tell how to avoid the accidents by creating work safety posters, that were understandable to everyone. More

  • 55th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight: Rare Photos of Yuri Gagarin

    Fifty-five years ago today (April 12), astronaut Yuri Gagarin made history, when he got into Soviet Vostok 1 spaceship capsule and launched into space. Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. We collected rare photos that illustrate his life. More

  • Saint Petersburg’s Hidden Treasure – Vintage Elevators

    Even though they are unnoticed by an ordinary pedestrians, old steam powered elevators are the hidden treasure of St. Petersburg, Russia. Most of them are out of order, but there are some that still work, though elegant concierges are long gone. It seems incredible now, but over a 100-200 years ago an elevator was a […] More

  • Yuri Gagarin and his Matra Djet

    On March 9, 1934, Yury Gagarin was born. In 1961, he became the first human to journey into outer space. Later, in 1965, Yuri Gagarin traveled to France, where he visited the rocket and space technology manufacturer Matra. The company was also manufacturing sports cars. While touring the factory, Matra-Bonnet Jet VS coupe caught the […] More

  • Soviet Russia, As Seen By Photographer Vladimir Sokolaev

    What’s the opposite of nostalgia? Remorse, maybe? Well, that is what Vladimir Solovev had captured; not so bright side of the Soviet era. Well-known documentary photographer in the 80-ties, Solovev was part of the famous creative group “Triva”. Rumor has it, that it was dismissed for political reasons. Today Vladimir lives in Moscow and has […] More

  • David Bowie on a tour of the Soviet Union in 1973

    In 1973, David Bowie traveled to the Soviet Union. Since he was afraid to fly, he was returning from Japanese tour to England by trans-Siberian express “Vladivostok – Moscow”. There’s an interesting article on the Moscow News website reflecting his trip through Russia. David Bowie took the trip forty years ago with his childhood friend […] More

  • “Music on Bones”: Bootlegged Music in Soviet Russia Was Pressed on X-rays

    Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, Young Soviet “stilyagi” (hipsters) of the 1940s-50s would distribute banned music (including jazz) on bootlegged records made from used X-Ray films, salvaged from hospital waste bins. The thick radiographs would be cut into discs of 23 to 25 centimeters in diameter; sometimes the records […] More

  • The Online Community That Makes Fun of the USSR

    VKontakte, the largest social networking service in Russia, is Holy Grail of obscure and offbeat communities. One of them is Atypical USSR (unssr), which is actually a collection of vintage Soviet photographs with humorous and absurd captions. Visit their Vk.com, Twitter, Instagram, d3.ru. More

  • This Retro Apartment Serves as the Reminder of the Soviet Era Decor

    Recently, an unusual museum-restaurant was opened on Moscow’s historical street of Arbat. Actually, the place is a 3 bedroom apartment, where each room has a decor of 60-ties, 80-ties or 90-ties. Visitors who didn’t live in the Soviet era, or contrarily, who have nostalgic feelings towards it, can travel back in time. Each room’s design […] More

  • Moscow’s Sidewalk Kiosks

    “Since the end of Soviet era, the pervasive sight of kiosks selling everything under-the-sun has becomes a feature of the Russian landscape. In any city of Russia you will find rows of kiosks, often purveying strange mixes of products. Some may carry mostly liquor, others cigarettes and magazines, still others will have some items of […] More

  • The American soldier who has served with both the US Army and the Soviet Army in World War II

    Memories of his son: “I once asked my father what he was thinking about when he was photographed. He said – ‘I was thinking if I would get a chance to kill the photographer while he was taking a picture of me…” Wikipedia lists Joseph R. Beyrle as the only American soldier to have served […] More

  • Dersu Uzala

    There are few of us who know that behind this historical name, “Dersu Uzala” is hiding an captivating story. Dersu Uzala, was actually the guide of the Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev, which immortalized him in the book with the same name, in 1923. Later on, that character didn’t know that would become the subject of […] More

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