Soviet Union

crime

The Strange, Brutal Connection Between Russian Prison Tats and Playing Cards

"Tea or cigarettes might be wagered, but also fingers, ears, eyes, or even the lives of other inmates—or the life of the player himself."
Alex Norcia
10.10.18
Russian Road Trip

Road-Tripping to One of the Most Radioactive Places on Earth

VICE's Abdullah Saeed, Danielle Neftin, and Dina Rayzman venture through Russia and into Kazakhstan to visit the "Polygon," the Soviet Union's primary nuclear test site.
VICE Staff
10.25.17
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
8.24.17
Photography

Photos from Transnistria, the Country That Doesn't Exist

The United Nations may not formally recognize 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
espionage

My Father, the Cold War Spy

Eva Dillon's memoir, 'Spies in the Family,' reveals the untold personal side to the American and Soviet spies who helped avert nuclear war.
Mary von Aue
4.27.17
Books

How the CIA Infiltrated the World's Literature

The new book, Finks, reveals how great writers such as Baldwin, Márquez, and Hemingway became soldiers in America's cultural Cold War.
Mary von Aue
1.4.17
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
10.9.16
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
Comics!

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

Vania and friends head to the countryside to hunt radioactive hellrats in exchange for discount coupons in this epic seven-page comic. They also dance in a circle around a boombox together, as is their fashion.
Pedro d'Apremont and Gabriel Góes
8.28.16
The Crown and Sceptre Issue

Mountain Black: Photos from the Former Yugoslavia

Irina Rozovsky captures the disconcerting beauty of a nation that no longer exists.
Irina Rozovsky
11.6.15
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
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