Filippo Valoti Alebardi: Land of Gold

Magadan Oblast is one of major gold mining regions in Russia. More known like Kolyma this region is situated in the Oriental Siberia. In 30-s this subarctic region was populated by prisoners of Gulag, that were building roads, towns and infrastructure for gold mining in a cold endless forest at...

Egor Kirillov: Melting Cities

Murmansk is the largest city in the polar circle. 310 thousand people lived there in 1971. In 20 years the population has grown to almost half a million. This was due to the growth of the fishing and naval industries and huge progress in all areas of city life. People...

Roman Demyanenko: Vorkuta

Vorkuta is situated in permafrost zone, 150 km from the Arctic Circle, only 180 km from the Arctic Ocean coastline, and it is the easternmost town in Europe. In 1930 Georgii Chernov’s expedition discovered the largest and best quality industrial coal fields in Eastern Europe near place where later was...

Andrey Shapran: Territory of Space

This is the history of observations and study of the Arctic zone located in the Far North (Chukotka, Russia). The territory, most of which is not inhabited by people, was very often closed in the Soviet period due to the presence of military bases and is difficult to access geographically,...

Raffaele Petralla: Cosmodrome – Waste From The Sky

On the border with the Arctic Circle. Far north of Russia. 300 km from Arkhangelsk. Restricted area. Here Inhabitants - who base their own survival on hunting and fishing activities – use to build sledges and boats with fragments of space rockets. They also recover and sell all the other...

Sergey Nazarov: Against

A new surge of protest activity covered almost all regions of Russia in 2017. The number of participants in protest actions was different depending on the regions, but undoubtedly, these actions can be called the most numerous and large-scale protests since 2012. Tens of thousands of people came to the...

Mary Gelman: Svetlana

In Russia, people have a lot of prejudice towards people with mental disorders. They are not considered full-fledged people with abilities to learn and socialize, they stay unemployed. But there is a place where everything is different. Svetlana is a unique social village in Russia, Leningrad Oblast. This Сamphill gives...

Emil Gataullin: Mezen

The first settlements on the banks of Mezen River (Arkhangelsk region) were established in the XVI century by Russian explorers who came from the White Sea and pushed back the local tribes. To this day this area is one of the most remote and hardest to access in the Russian...

Vlad Dokshin: Living with HIV in Siberia

Says Vlad: Every hour in Russia, 10 people become infected with HIV. Today, our country ranks third in the world in terms of the number of new cases of infection (after South Africa and Nigeria). A million Russians are HIV-positive. Irkutsk region is confidently among the first in terms of...