Sports as a way of life in authentic Soviet posters

Sports as a way of life in authentic Soviet posters

April 1, 2014 Vladimir Stakheev, special to RBTH

The decree to restore the originally Soviet 'Ready for Labor and Defense' program in the modern Russian Federation was signed a week ago (on March 24, 2014); here are some posters that recall its former meaning

Top 10 elusive MiG fighters

Top 10 elusive MiG fighters

March 4, 2014 Vladimir Stakheev, RBTH

The esteemed General Designer of the MiG and outstanding Russian aeronautical engineer died at the age of 95; Rostislav Belyakov played an active part in creating the very first MiG fighters

The Siege of Leningrad: My personal take

The Siege of Leningrad: My personal take

February 11, 2014 Elena Bobrova, RBTH

St. Petersburg native Elena Bobrova is RBTH's country editor for the United States. Here she tells the story of her family during some of the darkest days of World War II

The 10 most well-known Russian words

The 10 most well-known Russian words

January 30, 2014 Alexey Mikheev, special to RBTH

Words like vodka and Kalashnikov are know around the world. But how many people realize that they come from the Russian language?

A Forgotten Moscow: the charms & characters of 1935

A Forgotten Moscow: the charms & characters of 1935

January 14, 2014 Trondheim Municipal Archive

The Norwegian photographer Eirik Sundvor memorialized 1935 Soviet Moscow. Many of his photographs have been kept in the Trondheim Municipal Archive (Norway’s third largest city, also known by its former name of Nidaros). These photographs show the Russian capital in a way that modern inhabitants have long forgotten: the city is composed of two-story wooden houses, horse-drawn carriages carry passengers just like cars do now, and Communist parades are held on Red Square...

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