A heavy cloud lifts, again, from the Russian White House

the 26th anniversary of the end of the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, also known as the August Putsch. 1991 was the dawn of historical changes that would affect Russia and the whole geopolitical system of the world. Although the coup collapsed in only two days and Gorbachev returned to government, the event destabilised the Soviet Union and is widely considered to have contributed to both the demise of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius is a religious building in the ancient Russian city of Vladimir. The cathedral itself is over 800 years old: it was finished in 1191 during the reign of the Grand Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest of Vladimir-Suzdal to the honour of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki. Being an important component of the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, the cathedral belongs to the World Heritage of UNESCO.

Straight lines, or lack thereof

Wooden house in Russia, Tver. When photographing a building it is always important to try and keep vertical and horizontal lines straight. In this respect, Russian architecture frequently poses a serious challenge and often not by design!

Christmas in ГУМ

GUM store on Red Square at Christmas, Moscow, Russia. First of all, ГУМ (GUM) is an interesting abbreviation. In the Soviet Union  there was no free market or free competition, so all department stores were state-owned and largely state-run and they were appropriately called "Государственный универсальный магазин" or simply "State Department Store".

Summer in Saint Petersburg

One of the most interesting (non)tourist attractions in Saint Petersburg, especially for all people coming from warmer climates, is the "beach" surrounding The Peter and Paul Fortress' external walls, on the Neva river. As a photographer, I thing this is such a great spot to try and capture "the essence of Saint Petersburg".

Art Deco, underground

This is the "second instalment" of the Moscow Underground series after the one about Komsomolskaya station. I hope this series will one day reach 243 posts, the number of stations in the Metro, but before that happens I am afraid quite a number of the new 67 stations planned to open between now and 2020... Continue Reading →

Fire, Water & Music

A little while ago I was taking pictures at a corporate event taking place in a yacht club on the outskirts of Moscow. It was sort of a last-minute gig for me and I got there with only a vague idea of the day's programme. I knew there would be a small regatta on the... Continue Reading →

Over one million worshipers for Saint Nicholas

Last year the Russian Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis had an historic meeting. It was the first time a pontiff and head of the Russian Orthodox church had met since the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart nearly 1,000 years ago.  To celebrate the occasion and to strengthen the friendship between Christians, they agreed... Continue Reading →

White Winter Roads

There are two things that surprised me when I first saw the Russian roads during winter. First of all, the excess snow gets removed, but the roads are never completely cleaned. A layer of snow always remains on the road surface. This might seem dangerous, but it is actually for safety. Winter tires are specifically... Continue Reading →

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