WALLS OF PUTIN

The tradition to place portraits of prominent leaders on the walls in Russia comes from the depths of the centuries. In the houses there was always a so-called red corner, in which Orthodox icons were placed. Along with them, there were charms, protecting the inhabitants from evil and misfortune. And it was an honour to […]

BEYOND THE SEA OF SAND

In early 18th century, after a conflict with the regime of tsar, several thousands of Cossacks escaped from Russian Don. They named themselves Nekrasov Cossacks in the name of their leader Ignat Nekrasov. For over two centuries they lived in the territory of then Osman Empire (modern Turkey). In the middle of XX century their […]

LORDS OF THE GUNS

In Russia, military patriotic education has become part of the school system. From an early age children study Russian history, practice appropriate for their age tasks and skills, train at the patriotic military clubs. In Caucasus region, where the cult of arms and military traditions are strong, there exist specialised cadet schools. In these schools, […]

GEOMETRY OF URBANIZATION

The humanity has won the competition of species, which inhabit the Earth. It has since intruded in the most remote places of our planet. Gasification, electrification, development — all these activities leave a man’s footprint on the Earth’s body. During my trip to Dagestan in May 2016 I was constantly observing how humanity defeats the […]

PUMPING IRON IN RUSSIA

Bodybuilding. In the Soviet period, the type of athletics known as «bodybuilding» was not welcomed by official institutions as «wrong», as opposed to the «right» weight lifting included in the Olympic program. But people everywhere, from small towns in the far North-East, in Siberia, in Moscow or at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, persisted […]

STRAW FOOTBALL (STRAW SOCCER)

In summer 2018 Russia will host the World Football Championship. One creative farmer from Stavropol region Roman Ponomarev has built a stadium out of pallets of straw in five days and founded the Straw Football League. During the summer this stadium held football games of the World Straw Football Championship for the teams of surrounding […]