Gopnik’s Galore

Following the hard economic times of the early 1980’s, a new class of citizen was born. They are called the ‘Gopnik.’ It is a derogatory Russian slang word for male and female Russian youth around the age of 25, normally stemming from the lower classes of Soviet society. In America, they would be considered rednecks …

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A Bright New Future?

The 1970’s, the golden years of the space age, it was only a few months ago in July of 1969  that the  Americans had put two men on the moon. With these significant technological innovations and a great deal of growing imagination, the people of the U.S.S.R began to think about life among the stars …

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The Corn Man

Following the Virgin Lands Program, Nikita Khrushchev was looking for a solution for the U.S.S.R's next major issue, the Soviets diminished livestock population. To increase the number of livestock yields, Khrushchev began a  campaign to promote corn as a feed crop in Russia. In 1959 he toured middle America to witness Corn production in the United States. …

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The New Boss

When Stalin suffered a fatal brain injury that led to his death in early March of 1953, it set off a bloody struggle of control that would drastically shift attitudes in a new direction for both the government and the country. Stalin’s death is extremely ironic when Stalin needed help the most, the complicated bureaucracy …

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Snapshot of The Empire: Life of the Peasantry in Russia

It’s the year 1915, the first world war is in full swing. Russia is fighting the Germans and Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eastern front. Death and destruction are everywhere. However, while this is happening a famous Russian photographer, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) is commissioned to complete something much more peaceful but no less compelling. What would be …

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