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2.12.18

This City of Oil Rigs Is Collapsing Into the Caspian Sea

"Oil Rocks" is a Soviet-era Atlantis, built from 300 kilometres of rusting bridges.

8.1.17

What It Was Like to Work at a Russian Gulag

Ivan Chistyakov was living a modern life in the city, working as an engineer and checking out plays and movies. Then he got shipped off to Siberia.

7.25.17

A Visit to Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Ex-Soviet Belarus only began accepting visa-free tourists this year. I had to explore one of the hardest-drinking, most WWII-nostalgic countries on Earth.

6.24.15

This Journalist Spoke to Chechens Living in the Shadow of War

We spoke to French-English journalist Manon Loizeau, who recently went back to Chechnya years after the end of its devastating war to make a new documentary.

6.4.15

What Would Cities Look Like without Greedy Landlords and Property Development Sharks?

We interviewed Owen Hatherley, author of a book about what happens to architecture when you get rid of capitalists and real estate agents.

5.13.15

Jazz on Bones and X-Ray Audio: Chasing the Ghost of Soviet Russia's Most Dedicated Vinyl Bootlegger

How Soviet hipsters invented the first flexi discs...and were sent to the gulag for doing so.

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8.2.14

Crimea: March of the Tatars

Since the Tatars returned to Crimea during the fall of the Soviet Union, they've lived relatively peaceful lives under Ukrainian rule, but since Russia annexed Crimea, the community has worried that history may repeat itself.

5.30.14

No One Wants to Live in the Arctic City of Vorkuta Anymore

Ideas the local council has come up with in order to boost the town's profile have included a proposal to use the area for nuclear tests and restoring the gulag into a leisure park.

4.10.14

A Visit to Moscow's Brain Institute

The Brain Institute, which was founded by the Bolsheviks in 1928 as part of the effort to canonize Lenin, has a "Pantheon of Brains"—the brains of Sergei Eisenstein, Stalin, and Lenin himself are displayed in glass cases inside the Institute's pre...

3.20.14

Hitler Madness: The Tournament to Officially Determine the Most Hitlerish Person of All Time

People are accused of being like Adolf Hitler all the time, and occasionally their behavior is at least Hitler-ish, like when they're invading countries or advocating genocide. But who in world history is the most like Hitler? Well, that...

8.5.13

Weiner’s Dong, and Other Products of the Perfected Civilization

I am wholly in favor of anyone wishing to promote his or her genitals on Facebook or Instagram being able to do so. But given Weiner's stated career ambitions, putting his cock online after getting caught doing it once already indicates not only...

7.26.13

Frosted Dic Cakes

Photos by Henry Hargreaves, cakes by Amirah Kassem.