Cut Out From Reality: Graffiti in Russia’s Yekaterinburg ‘Deletes’ Old Car and Garage

Artists participating in the “Stenograffia” graffiti festival in Russia’s Yekaterinburg have painted an old “Moskvich” car and a garage standing in one of the city backyards

Soviet Subversion: How Soviet People Got the Right to Be Shocked

In the Soviet Union, there was only one youth magazine that wrote about life abroad

Notes From an Abandoned Soviet Arctic Settlement

A monument to Lenin, a portrait of Tatyana Drubich, mosaic panes featuring a bear and other Soviet design achievements within the abandoned mining settlement on Spitsbergen

With Paint and Brush

Unknown shots of the Great Patriotic War through the prism of Soviet retouch

Post-Industrial: Moscow Factories Gain a New Lease of Life

A selection of numerous Moscow factories and plants that have now become home to business centres, lofts and museums

‘Crimson Jackets Felt Out of Their Element Here’

Moscow’s first expat nightclub celebrates its 25th anniversary

‘‘Russianness’ Is Admirable’

The former Director of the US Office of Soviet Union Affairs speaks about Soviet nostalgia and the “Russian world”

80 Years of World’s First Drifting Station

80 years ago, on June 6,1937 - the drifting scientific station "North Pole – 1" was put out to sea

Five Abandoned Ghost Towns in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

As huge cities are expanding and flourishing, some of Russian small towns appear and then fade away, crumbling into dust

Snack Station

What the legendary retro-canteen inside the Moscow Metro is really like

Story from the Underground

Eighty-two years ago, one of the world's most beautiful subway systems was launched in Moscow with only one line and 13 stations

The Enigma of an Old Castle: 245 Years of Butyrka Prison

A tale of Butyrka’s first prisoners, tricks of Houdini and a prison-hotel

Aerobatics-Inspired Bentley Model on Sale in Moscow

Luxury carmaker Bentley has launched the limited series Continental GT V8 S Kobra Edition II, an exclusive model that is only sold in the Russian capital

Google Founder with a Soviet Soul

Secretmag gives us the Sergey Brin back story

Tanks, Soldiers Deployed to Red Square for Victory Day Parade

Today, Russia and post-Soviet republics marked the 72nd anniversary of USSR’s victory in the Great Patriotic War with large-scale parades, concerts and festivities

Russia Celebrates Labour Day

A reminiscent of the Soviet era eulogising the Worker and his toil for the good of the motherland, 1st May is still widely celebrated in modern day Russia

From Cafes to Cities: Twelve Greatest Modernist Projects of USSR

We continue to explore the world of stark, romantic and underrated Soviet architecture


The city that lives in the name, memory and time of the first cosmonaut

Secrets of the Soviets

Burgers, bars, convertibles, electric toothbrushes and reality television – can they really have been completely unknown in Russia before the 1990s?