Mask of Sorrow – Monument to Stalin’s repression


  Mask of Sorrow. The city of Magadan, despite its harsh climate and permafrost, appeals to those who like unusual places. This is where one of Russia’s most significant monuments is located – the Mask of Sorrow, a monument devoted to the victims of Stalin’s political repressions who served their sentences in the Gulag hard … More Mask of Sorrow – Monument to Stalin’s repression

1950’s Secret Bunker for Russia’s Military Elite – “Open to the Public”


Between the Moscow and Yauza rivers on one of Moscow’s seven hills lies one more cold war bunker. The area has an old town feel, the streets are lines with pre-revolutionary buildings, it’s a quiet neighborhood with churches and monasteries that has survived the throes of Soviet “modernization.” Many of these building were built in … More 1950’s Secret Bunker for Russia’s Military Elite – “Open to the Public”

World War II best held Secret “Revealed” in Samara, Russia


In 1991, when the Kuibyshev was renamed Samara, a building in the city center was opened to the public, which for half a century was known only to a handful of people. This building was Stalin’s bunker, which was the deepest structure created during the Second World War, today when foreign tourists come to Samara, … More World War II best held Secret “Revealed” in Samara, Russia

Ghosts from the Past – Abandoned Gulags Revisited


Below are photos of labor prison camps of Soviet Time Gulag stands for “Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps.” The system of Stalin’s labor camps was the most monstrous death factory in all history, with ‘production’ exceeding even WWII Holocaust. Around 40 million died in Gulag labor camps Camps were located in Taiga, a huge … More Ghosts from the Past – Abandoned Gulags Revisited

Modern Day Atlantis – Being reclaimed by the Sea


Oily Rocks the city above the Caspian sea commissioned by Joseph Stalin in the 1940′s. This Dystopian landscape connects tower blocks, factories and a cultural palace through a sprawling network of dilapidated roads which were once supported by it’s sunken ship foundations. Behind this enigmatic name lies the first and largest offshore oil town ever … More Modern Day Atlantis – Being reclaimed by the Sea

Itil a Jewish City rediscovered in Russia – Once feared by Stalin


The city, Itil, was the capital of the Khazars, a powerful nation that adopted Judaism as its official religion more than 1,000 years ago, only to disappear, leaving little trace of its culture. It was mentioned in medieval travellers’ accounts but Soviet dictator Josef Stalin banned any research into the city and the Khazars, fearing … More Itil a Jewish City rediscovered in Russia – Once feared by Stalin