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The Trans-Siberian Railroad - The Railroad that Changed the World and Started a War

9,198 kilometres of tracks connect Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. As the longest railroad in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway is truly one of humanity’s most impressive engineering feats. But, this symbol of Soviet power has also had an outsized impact on the world at large. Its construction was the catalyst for a war between two superpowers, it transported millions of prisoners to the Gulags, and served as a lifeline during the Second World War.

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A Top 10 Guide to Georgia’s Best Soviet & Modern Architecture

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Exploring Budapest’s Dystopian Underground Water Reservoir

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Z is for Sorrow: How a Letter Became the Symbol for Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

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Russia’s Vulnerability can be Shown with a Map

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The Enduring Legacy of the Lada

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Abandoned Kyrgyzstan: Aalam-Ordo, the Centre of the Universe

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Final Frontier: The Road of a Million Bones

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The Eagle has Landed: Hunting with the Last Eagle Hunters in Kyrgyzstan

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What's in a Name? Comrade Kiev becomes Comrade Kyiv

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Castles & Controversy: Inside Turkey's $200m Abandoned Town

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The Land of Fire: The Do’s and Don'ts in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, the land of fire and authoritarianism. Azerbaijan literally translates to ‘protector of fire’, while the textbook definition of authoritarianism is its ‘president’, Ilham Aliyev. I spent three weeks in Azerbaijan, which was probably two weeks too many. Here is my list of places to visit...and avoid.

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60 Years in the Making: The Domestication of the Siberian Silver Fox

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Soviet Sanatoriums: The Crumbling Remains of Tskaltubo, Georgia

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A Top 10 Guide to Armenia’s Best Brutalist & Modernist Buildings

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Knocking on Heaven's Door: Armenia's Abandoned Orgov Telescope

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Armenia’s Modernist Masterpiece: Lake Sevan Writers Retreat

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Bulldozer Exhibition: The Degenerate Art of the USSR

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Memory Palace: Inside the Abandoned Shymkent Palace of Culture

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Samantha Smith: The 10 Year Old Girl Who Became an Icon for Peace

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Soviet Status Symbols: The Unique Balconies of the USSR

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In Conversation with a Soviet Poster Artist: Vladimir Tverdokhlebov

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Murder, Money and Michael J Fox: Ice Hockey in the Wild, Wild East

Ice Hockey was everything in the Soviet Union. The USSR national team dominated ice hockey on the international stage, winning nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament from the early 50s up until the fall of the Soviet Union. After the USSR collapsed, the money dried up.

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Celebrating 60 Years of Humans in Space with a New Tour

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Announcing Sustainable, Ethical, Design-led Tours to the Former USSR

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Photo Essay: Inside Tashkent's Space-aged Subway Station

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Behind the Poster: The Story of International Women's Day

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Fonts & Freedom: Using Typography to Chart the Course of the USSR

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The Fraternal Kiss - Behind the Famous Photo

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The Polish School of Posters: Creativity vs Communism

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Missing Murals: The Legacy of Soviet Mosaics

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Must Read Books on Soviet Art, Design and Culture

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Welcome to Bulunkul, Central Asia's Coldest Town

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Soviet Logos: The Lost Logos of a Socialist Utopia

Logos are the badge of capitalism. They distinguish one brand from its competitor. In the Soviet Union, the state controlled all aspects of production. Logos weren’t necessary. Yet, Soviet designers created them by their thousands. Rokas Sutkaitis, explores their hidden history in his new book.

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How We're Building a Purpose Led Business

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We’ve Integrated with Klarna to Make Art More Accessible

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Photo Essay: Turkmenistan's Shining Marble City, Ashgabat

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How the CIA Stole a Sunken Soviet Submarine from the Sea Floor

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Photo Essay: The Unworldly Photos of Industrial Waste Landscapes in Russia

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Behind the Poster: The Young Pioneers of the USSR

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A Conversation about Conservation: How to Store, Frame and Protect your Artwork

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Behind the Poster: Political Games at the Olympic Games

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How We’re Building a Carbon Neutral Business

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Photo Essay: An Empty and Endless Kazakhstan

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Cyrk: The Posters that Take us Inside the Soviet Circus

In the 70s & 80s, the circus was used to covertly communicate Communist ideology to audiences. The most famous posters came from the Polish Poster School. Characterised by bright colours, striking typography and aesthetic playfulness, they were hugely influential in the later development of graphic design.

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Behind the Poster: Propagandising the Healthy in the USSR

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The Ethics Behind Art: Our Commitment to Freedom and Equality

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The X-ray Records of the USSR

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Behind the Poster: Environmental Policy in the USSR

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Photo Essay: Finding Beauty in Chernobyl’s Decay

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Cosmonauts and Communism: Soviet Propaganda in the Age of the Space Race

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My Journey from Fintech to Fine Art

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