Soviet Union

russia

How Howard Hughes Helped the CIA Try to Steal a Russian Nuclear Sub

The expensive attempt was largely a mechanical failure, but it was still one of the stranger covert ops in US history.
Seth Ferranti
8.25.17
Photography

Photos from Transnistria, the Country That Doesn't Exist

The United Nations may not formally recognise the country's independence, but 500,000 Transnistrians deserve to be seen.
Adina Florea
8.21.17
russia

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.
Seth Ferranti
7.31.17
Travel

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.
Dave Hazzan
7.25.17
PROHIBITION

The Soviet Posters Meant to Keep Russians from Drinking

Russia's 1985 ban on alcohol proved disastrous for the economy, but it was a great time for lovers of beautiful anti-alcohol posters.
Paweł Mączewski
5.12.17
Books

How the CIA Infiltrated the World's Literature

The new book, <i>Finks</i>, reveals how great writers such as Baldwin, Márquez and Hemingway became soldiers in America's cultural Cold War.
Mary von Aue
1.5.17
Photo

Photos of the Georgian Families Living Inside an Abandoned Military Hospital

25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, many Georgians are struggling to survive in the new economy. In the outskirts of the capital, Tbilisi, over 150 families are forced by necessity to live in an abandoned military hospital.
Jake Borden
10.16.16
Comics!

'Vania The Bear Versus Radioactive Hellrats,' Today's Comic by Pedro d'Apremont, Gabriel Góes and Cynthia Bonacossa

Vania the Bear and friends head to the countryside to hunt radioactive hellrats in exchange for discount coupons.
Pedro d'Apremont, Gabriel Góes, and Cynthia Bonacos
8.28.16
Art

How Freedom Shaped Ukrainian Art, At Home and Abroad

The exhibition 'Reality Check' celebrates 25 years of Ukrainian independence and the effects of freedom.
B. David Zarley
8.28.16
The Crown and Spectre Issue

Mountain Black: Photos from the Former Yugoslavia

Irina Rozovsky captures the disconcerting beauty of a nation that no longer exists.
Irina Rozovsky
11.2.15
Art

See the Avant-Garde Photos that Helped Spread Soviet Communism

'The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film' is now on display at the Jewish Museum in New York.
Anya Tchoupakov
10.25.15
Film

Among the Tarkovsky Fanatics at an Underground Retrospective in Berlin

Since 1985, a literally underground movie theatre has hosted an annual summer retrospective of the legendary Soviet auteur's time-bending films.
Ben Mauk
8.19.15
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