The cutest monument in Murmansk (and Russian love for cats)

Just a few hundred meters away from Murmansk's largest monument ( the Defenders of the Soviet Arctic during the Great Patriotic War) sits what is probably the city's smallest and undoubtedly the cutest. In 2013 the inhabitants of Murmansk were called to cast their preference for a new monument to be put on the shores... Continue Reading →

The Red Moon that never was

Exactly 50 years ago today, at 02:56 UTC July 21, 1969, an American named Neil Armstrong took "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" and set his left boot on the lunar surface. Why was the first man on the moon an American and not a Russian, when the Soviet Union was the... Continue Reading →

Live not by lies!

Ah, the irony! I stumbled by chance in this (at least to my eyes) very typical Russian scene. On the background you can see a large mural on the side of a house depicting the writer and Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with one of his famous quotes: “Live not by lies!” This is actually the... Continue Reading →

The unsung heroes of Chernobyl

In the last few weeks the world watched in amazement (with a potent mix of fascination and horror) HBO's new series Chernobyl, which tells the story of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion in Pripyat, Ukraine, at the time part of the Soviet Union. The series received almost universal acclaim, both because of the... Continue Reading →

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