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  • 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

  • VK’s Shoplifting Community Set Up to Discuss Retail Theft

    Apparently, there is a subculture of shoplifters in Russia. They use Vkontakte and other social media to interact with each other. There, they share the information about the most vulnerable stores to shoplifters, sell stolen goods and even request items to be stolen. According to the community СПNЗДNЛИ disclaimer, “submitted posts are fictitious, any coincidence […] More

  • Immortalized: Russian Artist Draws Hilarious Portraits On Request

    Ivan Yunitsky works in a digital agency as the creative director, but he also enjoys drawing for fun. As a hobby, he runs an online community called Immortalized, where people submit photos to be drawn by him. His sketches come out ironic and a bit exaggerated. Ivan picks the essence of each submitted photo and […] More

  • Stories of Peeling Plaster: Russian Artist Creates Art Out Of Peeled Plaster

    Back in 2015, Sofia, the Russian artist, has started her online community on Vkontakte. There, she publishes images of peeled plaster walls. She looks at them and lets her imagination take over. As a result, she creates artistic images from what used to be a part of an old peeled plaster wall. Then, she publishes […] More

  • The Online Community That Teaches Kids How To Get Sick And Skip School

    Social network VKontakte, known as Russia’s answer to Facebook, has a lot of weird communities. One of them, “How to skip school by being sick”, seems to be popular among teenagers in Russia. As the title implies, kids subscribe to post questions and help others on the ways how to skip school by being sick. […] More

  • “Spasibo, Yuri”: The Online Community That Blurs The Line Between Reality And Space

    Have you every imagined what if things were different on our planet? How would the sad reality that surrounds us would look like? Alexander Dobrokotov is the founder of the online community named “Spasibo, Yuri” (Thank you, Yuri). According to him, “Thank you, Yuri” is the ironic mix of sadness and happiness for the space […] More

  • An Eccentric Online Community Of Healthcare Workers To Show Off Their Legs

    VKontakte, the largest social networking service in Russia, is the place to explore the quirky side of the Russian Internet. The VK once again proves, that ideas and topics of running an internet community are endless. The new addition to the madness is the community “Medlegs”, where users submit photos demonstrating their legs. Members of […] 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, Twitter, Instagram, More

  • 2D Among Us: Animated Movie Characters Reimagined Living in Russia

    What if animated movie characters lived in the real world?  While browsing VKontakte, the largest social network in Russia, one might find the community art project “2D among us” that illustrates the answer.  According to its creators, “our favorite characters come to life, facing the sadness of reality.” The art project features digitally edited images […] More

  • Russian Girls and Shawarma

    There is a new trending community on VKontakte social network called “Beautiful Girls and Shawarma”. The community is run by a Social media marketer Roman Bordunov. According to him, “the traditional Arabic food, shawarma, is gaining popularity among Russian youth.” In his opinion, girls and the meat wrap are the winning combination. In just a […] More

  • Russian court fined a Grammar Nazi

    In Buryatia, the court fined Maria Burdukovskaya who has published the image of The Reichsadler (“Imperial Eagle”) with the caption “Grammatik Macht Frei” (Grammar makes (you) free) on her “VKontakte” page. According to the court, the image is Nazi propaganda. The picture was uploaded in June, 2014, but only on March 5, 2015 police officers […] More

  • Smolensk journalist arrested, faces fines after posting a historical photo of the Nazi occupation

    On February 28, Smolensk journalist Polina Danilevich was arrested and fined for Nazi propaganda. Polina Danilevich was taken to a local precinct, where she had to spend a few hours before being released. Her crime? On her “Vkontakte” page, she’s posted a picture of her neighborhood during Nazi occupation along with the caption “I found […] More

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