• Behind the Iron Curtain: Moscow 1960’s

    I don’t suppose many of you are browsing Russian blogs, so I thought I’d link some interesting pictures. The source is here and here is a Google translation. I also added some related links in case you are wasting time at work.

    Red Square

    Manezhnaya Square. Hotel “Moscow”

    Central Lenin Museum. State Historical Museum

    The old building of Moscow State University

    Mayakovsky Square and monument to VV Mayakovsky

    Pushkin Square

    Kutuzovsky Prospect

    Building Museum Battle of Borodino panorama

    Swimming Pool “Moscow”. This pool was build instead of planned Palace of Soviets which was supposed to replace the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Saviour,presently restored on the same spot.

    House of Friendship with the Peoples of foreign countries

    V.I.Lenin State Library of the USSR

    Karl Marx Prospect with the monument to Karl Marx

    Sverdlov Square. Bolshoi Theater.

    Gorky Central Park of Culture and Recreation

    Andrei Rublev Museum(formerly Andronikov Monastery)


    Chkalov Street

    Komsomolskaya Square

    Monument to the worker and a farmer woman. She is holding a sickle and he has a hammer. Hammer and sickle-get it?

    Monument in honor of the Space Development

    Dzerzhinsky Square

    Moscow City’s Palace of Pioneers and schoolchildren

    Student dormitories Patrice Lumumba University.

    South-West Suburbs

    Lomonosov Prospect

    Leninsky Prospect.Public is greeting Cosmonauts returning from space.

    Leninsky Prospect. Department store “Moscow”

    Borodino Battlefield

    Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye (XVI century)

    Highway Circling around the city.

    Domodedovo Airport

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  • Strength and technology

    Not that long ago a person’s love for technology required substantial physical strength. Nowadays anyone can show up on a date carrying a laptop or an iPod. Here is what it would have looked like about 25 years ago.

    It was so long ago that this guy

    still looked like this:

    More old cutting edge technology can be seen here (ignore the Russian text).

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  • The West in The Soviet Caricature: Vietnam War

    I think I am the only one who finds these things interesting, but since I wasted all the time extracting and uploading all the old caricatures, you get to look at more of them.

    If for some reason you want to see more, please don’t hesitate to click on my previous posts.

    The West in the Soviet Caricature
    The West in The Soviet Caricature: Libya Edition
    The West in The Soviet Caricature: Israel
    Behind The Iron Curtain: Satire

    The following set of caricatures from the Soviet satirical magazine Krokodil is indicative of the treatment of the Vietnam War in the Soviet press. While stepping up the propaganda war, the Soviet Union was quietly shipping ammunition and advisers to Vietnam. During my army years, I served with a guy who was one of the Soviet military advisers in Vietnam; according to him, they were forbidden from displaying any kind of Soviet insignia, didn’t wear the uniform and pretended to be either some kind of sports trainers or construction workers.

    To The Wall
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  • Weird Missouri: Precious Moments

    The Chapel at Precious Moments is just as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel. I have been to both. Obviously Precious Moments was painted in a more modern style, but they are on the same level. Amazing Place!

    No. I did not make this up.

    I’ve seen many things during my travels but the Precious Moments gift store and attached Chapel take the cake for being the strangest, creepiest place I’ve ever been to.

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  • Theatrical Critical

    Recently I had a chance to attend the Coterie Theatre’s “Science Fiction Triple Feature” with my only celebrity friend and a real theater critic Grace. Sitting in the same room with multiple theater critics I thought that I should try my hand in their craft. My review follows:

    Her voice pierced the darkness- horrified, pained, disturbed. She rushed to the stage wearing something that was thought of as futuristic fifty years ago. Is that how they imagined us then? (I need to update my wardrobe). I couldn’t look away from the stage while She was there. I felt what She felt – the horror, pure animalistic horror of facing a bloody death in your own house. I saw the threat through Her eyes, I heard it in Her voice, I followed Her every move. Were there other people on the stage? Perhaps… She gripped my attention, all of it. Lights went out with Her final scream.

    The stage became a medical office, this time She was a teacher struggling with the moral implications of Her decision. She did something out of compassion and now was facing the unintended consequences. I could see Her hurt, tears in Her eyes, Her voice was breaking up. Sometimes She had to turn away from the audience; Her shoulders slumped under the weight of Her conscience. I knew Her pain will stay with Her long after the main character drifts back to his child-like state.

    She appeared on the stage once more, wearing some post-apocalyptic garb fashioned out of a burlap sack. She danced in the uneven light of the fake fire. I felt She wasn’t sure about the future. It was exciting but terrifying. Her world was only as big as the circle around the fire. The darkness covered what was left of the civilization – ruins, rusted metal, shorted out power lines. I knew she would make it; she had the passion and determination – something the new generation of humans would need to persevere.

    I caught a glimpse of her in the hallway; a beautiful young woman happily smiling, all the pain and drama left resting on the stage until the next show. I smiled as well, for I have just seen the Actress.

    Free pizza and ice cream were in my future.

    I’d like to thank the Coterie for the great evening.

    For a real professional review please check out Grace’s article.

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