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architecture, photo, sports The remnants of Moscow Olympics

24.03.2015 19:25   

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The heritage of Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics was shot by Russian photographer Anastasia Tsayder for her project “Olympics”. Olympic buildings, mostly designed in 1975-1978, acted as a manifestation of prosperity and power of the Soviet State, Anastasia Tsayder writes on her portfolio. The remnants of Moscow Olympics serve as an example of what may happen to sport venues over time. Certain locations are still used as intended, some were adapted for new functions, some are left half abandoned. Many buildings did not blend into city structure, initially conceived to be messengers from the future they now look like aliens from the past, the photographer concludes.

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history, Science, space Why Soviet Union didn’t make it to Mars

11.03.2015 17:48    ,

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Ballet and space were considered to be the showcases of the Soviet Union. In modern Russia ballet is rarely mentioned but space news regularly make the headlines. Russia and China are negotiating joint projects of Mars and Venus exploration, as Russian Federal Space Agency official declared last year. Not sure if space official is aware, but the USSR had similar plans in early 1960s.

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Education, marketing, novosibirsk Marketing of education in Novosibirsk University: freshmen, graduates and Instagram

24.02.2015 18:51    ,

Motivational video for freshmen and English-speaking audience, lectures of professors from European universities and student photo contest on Instagram – Novosibirsk State University (NSU) actively engaged in marketing of education. Speaker of one of the events in which I participated last summer said that he had heard of only two Russian universities – Moscow State University and Higher School of Economics. If NSU not to slow down, you may receive a third university on the list.

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photo, transport Russian metro stations in black and white

05.02.2015 15:46   

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Photos by Andrey Kruglikov.

These photos of Saint Petersburg and Moscow Metro systems were taken by Russian photographer Andrey Kruglikov. They highlight the rich architecture that Russians see on their daily commutes.

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art, media, Religion, retro, space How Soviet media satirised religion by space allusions

03.02.2015 17:52    ,

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The first furrow in the virgin land of space.

Soviet Union had a lot iof religious satire, The Calvert Journal notes, as shown by selection of beautiful and weird space-themed cartoons from the 1960s.

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