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  • “English for women”

    When it comes to gender inequality, English language text book is the last think you think of. Yet, there is an actual English language text book, which is discriminating women. The title states: “English language for women, English without fear”. The book is filled with examples of a daily activities, which according to the author […] More

  • Vladimir Putin’s Genealogy

    A curious find in a Moscow bookshop: Vladimir Putin’s family history going back to the 1600s. Includes a giant family tree you can put on the wall (if you really want to). via twitter More

  • “Where does the capitalist have his breakfast?”: How Soviet students learnt English in 1959

    Steve Rosenberg, a BBC Moscow correspondent, recently unearthed a Soviet English language textbook. In order, to make the book more relatable to communist students, authors included a lot of propaganda in it. Oddly enough, it can also relate to the modern society. More

  • Ridiculous fiction books that make Russians dumber

    While exploring Russia’s book stores and markets, you might stumble upon a bunch of curiously titled and designed covers. These books are written by Russian fiction writers and provide a glimpse into their minds. But, the books are in high demand in equally twisted minded folks in Russia. Apparently, there is a Vkontakte community “Stupid […] More

  • Soviet Brutalist Architecture Photographed by Frederic Chaubin

    When one thinks of  something fascinating, Soviet brutalist architecture does not come to mind. However, Frédéric Chaubin’s remarkable photographs, published under the curious title “CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed”, can change that perspective of many. French photographer has traveled the former Soviet Union since 2003, capturing  unusual sculptural buildings. Chaubin mostly focused on the edges […] More

  • Motherland: Russia As Seen by Photographer Simon Roberts

    Between July 2004 and August 2005, award winning British photographer Simon Roberts traveled across Russia, while taking pictures for his project Motherland. His images are not ordinary representations of Russia in poverty and despair. He presents a fascinating and magnificent land. His photographs show Russians as dignified people, empowered by an optimism and a deep-rooted […] More

  • Weird Bus Stop Design of the Soviet Era

    Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig traveled more than 18,000 miles across formers Soviet states in search of unusual bus stops and shelters. The relative insignificance of these structures allowed Soviet authorities to give free rein to the local architects tasked with designing them. From the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the bus stops exhibit the […] More