Whatever the weather is where you are, it could always be worse. Oymyakon worse. This is the coldest village on Earth, with the lowest temperature of -67.7C recorded in 1933. But fear not-the average is a little warmer during January, at -50C. New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple took a two-day journey from the coldest city on Earth, Yakutsk, to Oymyakon in Russia, to see just what everyday life was like.
Want to get from A to B this holiday season? You might have to push the plane on the tarmac! This story comes from Igarka airport, just above the Arctic Circle, where the plane carrying 70 passengers actually froze to the ground. It’s believed the wrong kind of grease was used for the landing gear, […]
We already know that dozens of Lenin statues throughout Ukraine were toppled earlier this year. But some Ukrainians are getting way more fun out of this toppling business by giving the Russian dictator a very stylish makeover.
Looking at the frozen wonder that is Lake Baikal, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were rich. The freshwater lake, located in Southern Siberia in Russia, is a sagely 20 to 25 million years old that, according to My Modern Met, during March every year, causes ice to form unevenly in pressure and temperature. Which […]
It may look like Thomas The Tank-Engine’s evil Russian uncle Boris The Bus, but it’s actually so much more! Developed by Uralvagonzavod, a high-tech tank manufacturer, this is the latest addition to the Russian public transport system. Dubbed R1, or Russa One, the street-train was revealed at the 2014 Innoprom Tech-Expo earlier this week. All […]
DO NOT, we repeat, DO NOT complain about the taxi fare or refuse to pay the taxi drivers in the Russian city of Nizhny. This is especially true if blue is so not this season. If you are rebellious and care not for our advice, these drivers will gang up on you, force you to […]
Photographer Sasha Leahovcenco traveled to the remote and hidden villages in Chukotka, Russia, to take this photo series titled People From the End of the Earth. Leahovcenco traveled so far that he found people who had never had their photo taken. He says of the project: ‘At schools, churches, homes and hospitals I could give […]
Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.
Anna Petukhova is no ordinary granny. This 73-year-old is ‘the most unusual postwoman in the Kaluga region, Russia’. Completely solo, Anna delivers post, pensions and food on her personal ATV to 11 half-abandoned villages. She started working as a postwoman in 1995 and ‘for many people she gives the only chance to communicate with the […]
Now that Russia has granted Edward Snowden asylum, it’s only natural that Snowden should at least leave a review of the Moscow Airport, where he spent five agonising weeks at wondering where he could go next. It’s fictitious, of course (‘NO ONE TAKES AMERICAN EXPRESS’), but the sheer earnestness is ridiculously hilarious.
The Polyomino Game is a collaboration between Russia-based fashion designer Lisa Shahno and jewellery designer Tania Hennessy of Aroha Silhouettes in Canada. Over a span of six months each designer created seven unique pieces following a set of specific rules. In November 2012, the Polyomino Game came to an end with a photoshoot in Moscow, […]
Yes, in Russia, if you’re shopping at one of the 280 outlets of cosmetics chain Ulybka Radugi, you can check out your purchases, and the emotions on your face. The makeup chain has equipped checkout counters with cameras and emotion recognition software to do a face scan. Combined with the shopper’s shopping records from the […]
These photos of Wrangel Island by Sergey Gorshkov reveal a land frozen and untouched by the outside world. Wildlife is pristine and natural in this Russian haven. Each photo seems candid, as if Gorshkov is the paparazzi for animals in Russia. My favorite is the clever fox driving the goose away from it’s nest in order to steal […]
The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive documents Russian criminals’ tattoos and their coded meanings — and includes tattoo drawings by prison guard Danzig Baldaev and photographs by Sergei Vasiliev. This set of photographs by Vasiliev were taken in between 1989 and 1993 in prisons and reform settlements across Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Tagil, Perm and St Petersburg. Reading […]