To commemorate the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Postal Service (Ukrposhta) released a new stamp that features a mural created by the England-based artist Banksy.
Bone Music: The Bootleg X-Ray Records of Soviet Russia
Post-World War II, a new form of record smuggling emerged in Russia. Known as “Bone Music”, “Bones ‘n’ Ribs”, or “Ribs,” this music revolutionized the way Russians listened to tunes from the western world.
Café Bw: Cartoon-Inspired Coffee Shop in Russia
If you’re traveling to Russia anytime soon, a trip to Café Bw is a must. This cartoon-inspired café is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, take in a fun and whimsical atmosphere, and snap some one-of-a-kind pictures for Instagram, of course.
10 Spectacular Winter Wonderlands Around the World
It doesn’t matter where you are in the world or how you celebrate. A stunning winter scene can always brighten up the darkest and coldest months. Need ideas for picturesque winter wonderlands to check out? From Québec City to Harbin, here’s a collection of our favorite winter destinations!
GRANDmothers – an Interview With Anna Radchenko
There are several stereotypes and unpleasant opinions in society today when it comes to pregnancies that deviate from the norm, which is young and married women. A particularly distasteful one is the attribution of a stigmatized social identity to older expectant mothers.
Universal Temple: A Unique Meeting Place for All Religions
Russian architecture is a sight to behold, no matter the context. However, if you happen to find yourself along the banks of the Volga River in the proud republic of Tatarstan, you’ll be sure to notice an imposing and colorful building, festooned with balustrades and steeples, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. And that’s as it should be. Because, quite simply, there is no building in the world like the Universal Temple.
Barbie and Ken Reimagined Living in the USSR
Throughout the years, there have been many iterations of Barbie’s Dream House marketed to young girls—almost all of them garishly impractical and idealistic. None, however, have been presented as affectingly as this.
Lake Baikal: Where Fashion and Fantasy Run Deep
Lake Baikal, known as the “Pearl of Siberia,” is the world’s oldest and deepest known lake. Reaching depths of nearly a mile, the ice layer on the surface reaches a thickness of over six feet during the winter months. Lake Baikal’s crystalline ice formations and its endless palette of reflected colors are more reminiscent of an artist’s canvas than a simple body of water.
The Real History of Santa Claus
For years, Santa Claus has been busy “making his list and checking it twice,” but the man in the red suit has come a long way from his humble beginnings to the Santa the world knows and loves today.
Identical Twins From Russia Create Intricate Dolls by Hand
“Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder” is not merely a phrase, and Russian fashion designer duo Ekaterina (Katya) and Elena (Lena) Popovy, better known as “Popovy Sisters,” are living proof of this. These identical twin sisters create some of the most realistic dolls you will ever lay your eyes upon.