Russia’s wild roads, as seen by dashcam

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Russia’s obsession with dashboard cameras came to the world’s attention last week when the said gadget captured dramatic footage of an exploding meteor. This compilation of videos from Russia’s road however shows an altogether unique side to life there.

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170 foot long trampoline track in a Russian forest

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By Maria Niarchos in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 January 2013

If you could make the drive to work a thing of the past by jumping your way along a massive trampoline, you’d do it, right? Salto Architects decided it’d be a damn good idea to try out, installing a 170 foot long trampoline track in a Russian forest. The brains behind the design had a bigger plan that just installing a whole heap of fun, though. Renowned for blurring the different levels of architecture, Salto set out to challenge the concept of infrastructure that shows an ignorance to its surroundings. They wanted to evoke a conversation; new thoughts about the way we move. Bigger-picture-thinking, lawsuits and insurance aside, I’m sold on the whole ‘hop, skip and a jump’ thing.

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Crazy Russian Acrobatics

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By Shaun Lynch in Video on Thursday 20 December 2012

Say whatever xenophobic thing you like about the Russians, but some of them are definitely not afraid of heights. If you have an aversion to radio towers, probably don’t watch this.

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170 foot long trampoline in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in Cool Travel on Monday 17 December 2012

Estonian architectural firm, Salto, constructed a 170 foot long trampoline for the Archstoyanie festival in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia. The festival, which focuses on architecture and the forest, is talked of as a smaller, Russian version of Burning Man.

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Origami House in Russia

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By Cormack O'Connor in Architecture on Tuesday 30 October 2012

Moscow-based architect Peter Kostelov has created an origami-inspired house for Russian television show Dachniy Otvet in which the client and architect only met once before construction. The brief for the house specified that it was to be a summer home for enjoying outdoor activities and hosting parties. The owner also specified it wasn’t to be […]

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Colorized photos of 1931 Moscow

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Photography on Tuesday 9 October 2012

These fascinating photographs of Moscow recently popped up online at the always interesting Retronaut website. The photographs show buildings, streets, rivers and squares, all in color. 1931 photographs in color. Yep. The series presents a very special insight into the world of the past: propaganda, marches, packed trams.

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New work by Russian illustrator Mina-milk

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By Asa Wikman in New Illustration on Friday 25 May 2012

I would like to introduce the super-talented Russian illustrator Mina-milk, who graduated from Camberwell College of Arts roughly a year ago and since then has worked for clients such as Diesel, Lazy Gramophone, Fantastica London, and the Russian magazines Snob and ProSport. Mina-milk is inspired by fragments, patterns and collections, animals, fashion and traditional printmaking.

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Russian feminist punk-rock group Pussy Riot arrested

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By Mega in Video on Tuesday 22 May 2012

Some Russian people were not happy about Putin being re-elected. As a way to protest, Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot performed impromptu punk-rock concerts around Moscow while wearing colored masks and tight dresses. Last February, they played a punk song inside an orthodox Cathedral with lines like ‘Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin’ to ‘chase Putin out’. […]

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Back in the Soviet Bloc documentary project

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 December 2011

Over the past six months we’ve featured photos from filmmakers Stuart McBratney and Julia Nalivaiko, who’ve been gallivanting around Russia and Ukraine filming Back in the Soviet Bloc. They’ve finally released a trailer, and it’s amazing to see these images come to life. Check it out on their Kickstarter page, and order a DVD to […]

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Back in the Soviet Bloc: photos of Russia and Ukraine

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 September 2011

A month ago we posted stills from Back in the Soviet Bloc, a TV series about present-day life, culture and food in former Soviet states.

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Inflatable sex dolls get ridden like boats in Russian race

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By Zolton in New Events on Friday 12 August 2011

From the ‘are we serious’ files comes this remarkable Sex Doll race held on the Vuoksa River Rapids, just out of St. Petersburg. Around 800 people turned up to watch the proceedings in which competitors raced each other on their dolls in a three minute dash for fame, glory, and all the attention that an admiring gaggle of plastic dolls could muster. [photos via dimoxod.livejournal.com]

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Documentary photos of Ukraine and Russia

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Thursday 11 August 2011

Since leaving her Ukrainian homeland 14 years ago, Julia Nalivaiko is often asked, ‘What’s it like?. To answer the curious masses, she’s returned to Ukraine and Russia with Australian filmmaker Stuart McBratney to document the people, culture and food. They’re currently halfway through their 8-week shoot, and are posting video stills from the road. Here’s a sneak peak. For more pics, check out their Facebook page, and click “like” to receive updates.

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Mainstreamers: Russian street artists

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By Evgenia Barinova in New Art on Wednesday 16 March 2011

Mainstreamers are two guys, Luka and Nootk, based in Moscow, Russia. They started out in 2007 doing graffiti, moved onto decorating murals, and are now involved in all sorts of creative activities. Mainstreamers follow one common path of creating characters out of objects and letters. Their colour pallets are always precisely chosen and work well with […]

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Green Berry Tea

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 23 October 2009

Check out these brilliant origami-inspired Green Berry Tea bags from Russian-based designer Natalia Ponomareva. While the tea seeps, the bag gradually expands into a poetic and delicate paper crane. The design hasn’t made it to store shelves yet but the concept is so impressive that it deserves sharing.

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Breakup of the USA

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Thursday 8 January 2009

Russian political science professor Igor Panarin recently caused a bit of a stir, predicting that the US will break apart in 2010, when the current financial crisis will have resulted in social crisis big enough to tear the Union into six pieces. Kevin Kelly, Editor-At-Large for Wired Magazine, has posted a discussion on the likelihood […]

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