Ukrainians are dressing up Lenin statues to make a big statement

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 10 October 2014

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.

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Frozen freshwater lake glows magnificently in turquoise

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 July 2014

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 […]

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New Futuristic Russian tram unveiled … and it’s super badass

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel, Tech on Friday 18 July 2014

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 […]

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Be warned: Russian taxi drivers will paint you blue if you don’t pay them

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 June 2014

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 […]

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People From the End of the Earth by Sasha Leahovcenco

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 7 May 2014

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 […]

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Russian salt mines look like they were born in the 1970s

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 February 2014

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.

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Meet the 73-year-old Russian biker-granny, Anna Petukhova

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 9 January 2014

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 […]

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If Snowden reviewed Moscow Airport on TripAdvisor

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

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.

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The Polyomino Game: fashion by two geometrically obsessed designers

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By Aroha Silhouettes in New Fashion on Wednesday 17 July 2013

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, […]

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In Russia, these checkout machines know if you’re moody or happy

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 12 July 2013

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 […]

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Photos of pristine Russian wildlife by Sergel Gorshkov

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Friday 28 June 2013

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 […]

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Photographs of magnificent tattoos on Russian criminals by Sergei Vasiliev

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 19 June 2013

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 […]

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President Putin solves road congestion by helicopter commuting

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 1 June 2013

President Vladimir Putin is fed up with bad traffic. So the man decided to solve the issue by commuting to work via helicopter. Why helicopter? One, because the huge motor parade lead by his Mercede’s limousine  causes terrible traffic congestion. The people of Russia were so infuriated by this daily traffic jam that they began […]

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Download this Russian bar and install at your place

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 17 April 2013

The design for APTEK Bar is fantastic: everything is so clean and unfinished; the tables and barstools fit perfectly together. And not only is the design great, but the original design files from Lesha Galkin and Dopludo Collective are literally being given away. Download a copy and bring the bar home today.

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Stunning Russian fire and ice caves

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Saturday 9 March 2013

The bizarre combination of freezing cold winter and active volcanos are married together in these stunning photos by Denis Budko. The two seemingly opposite elements are found existing harmoniously in the cave of the far east peninsula known Kamchatka in Russia. Until 1991, the caves were strictly off limits to foreigners. But ever since the […]

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