A baboon dressed in children’s clothes sits on a chair by Moscow’s Red Square. Enterprising Russians use them and various other exotic animals such as eagles to draw a crowd and charge a pretty Ruble for a photo opportunity. 

A baboon dressed in children’s clothes sits on a chair by Moscow’s Red Square. Enterprising Russians use them and various other exotic animals such as eagles to draw a crowd and charge a pretty Ruble for a photo opportunity. 

Russian circus princesses

Russian circus princesses

Probably more interesting - a public toilet at the same train station, Rayevka, in Bashkiria, a small republic in the Ural mountains of Russia.

Probably more interesting - a public toilet at the same train station, Rayevka, in Bashkiria, a small republic in the Ural mountains of Russia.

A plaque in a train station in Bashkiria (Russia), celebrating the fact that Lenin visited that station on July 3. 1900.

A plaque in a train station in Bashkiria (Russia), celebrating the fact that Lenin visited that station on July 3. 1900.

Clowns in Moscow’s “Bolshoy” Circus

Clowns in Moscow’s “Bolshoy” Circus

greshnaya:

“We live in a sad age. Imperialism, totalitarianism, perestroika… 20th century Russia had its share of problems, but at least they had an ideology. Russia today has nothing.”

Revolver Ocelot

"Goodbye Lenin!"

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This is one of those things that tears me apart. Russia has never really been an ecstatic, happy country, but during Soviet times there were periods of content. Sure, we had shortages and you couldn’t travel into the evil west, but people knew what they were living for (the greater good, society as a whole) and they were content doing it. People had a place to live, work and children went to school; all was regulated and expected. Now, Russia is free and it doesn’t know what to do with that freedom. Nothing matters anymore but personal gain. Is freedom really worth all the heartache that goes with it? Sure, the idea of being able to do “whatever you want” is intoxicating but in reality, it seems most people like being told what to want much better. 

I truly hope the chaotic and scary Russia of today will find its bearings soon and transform itself into the thriving and happy country it has the potential to be. It really hurts me to see it as it is now.

View out back at our house in the village in rural Bashkiria.

View out back at our house in the village in rural Bashkiria.

Everything awesome ever.

Everything awesome ever.

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I miss my dog :(. I don’t even know when I’ll be able to get another one.

I miss my dog :(. I don’t even know when I’ll be able to get another one.

That doesn’t look comfortable.

That doesn’t look comfortable.

sovietpostcards:

1974

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Aerical Acrobat Maria Efremkina

Aerical Acrobat Maria Efremkina

Viktoria Hill and Nikolai Spira perform in the Moscow Nikulin Circus.

Viktoria Hill and Nikolai Spira perform in the Moscow Nikulin Circus.

Horses in the Moscow Nikulin Circus, trainer Beg-budin. 

Horses in the Moscow Nikulin Circus, trainer Beg-budin. 

Me and my son when he was a month or so old. That was a time of great sleep deprivation and frustration. He was kind of adorable though.
I’m not religious but I used to wear a cross necklace my aunt had given me so she’d leave me alone. 

Me and my son when he was a month or so old. That was a time of great sleep deprivation and frustration. He was kind of adorable though.

I’m not religious but I used to wear a cross necklace my aunt had given me so she’d leave me alone.