In Tajikistan, live swirls around weddings. In the country, where 47.2% live below the poverty threshold, and 80% of the employable population work abroad as labour migrants, the amount of money spent on weddings per year equals the country’s budget of $2 billion.
From Central Asia to Moscow, Riding the Bribery Express.
Underwater rugby team in St.Petersburg. Russia
Cossack military school near Volgograd (nearly 1,000km south-east of Moscow). Some 30 military schools, such as the one in Volgograd, have opened in the country.
Rally in Yekaterinburg to protest the outcome of parliamentary elections held on December 17, 2011
Recently more and more people talk about apocalypses. According to Orthodox tradition, there are four places on Earth where one will survive the Apocalypse. Serafimo-Diveevsky Monastery in Russia is one of it. Diveevo settlement. Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia. 2011
Based in Zlatoust, a steelmaking city in the Ural mountains, the women’s water polo team “Uralochka” is considered one of its major assets. Established in 1985 “Uralochka” is one of the oldest water polo teams in Russia.
In the Urals, there is a small settlement called Arti in which a small factory has been making scythes and sowing needles in an almost primeval manner since the Soviet period.