Voices from Russia

Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. A Photo Spread. Our Great Russian Motherland… Up on the Roof… in Piter

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Mood music… Up on the Roof by the Drifters

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St Petersburg, as seen from a rooftop vantage-point. There are nutters who’re dangerous, there are nutters who’re harmless, there are nutters who’re humorous, and there are nutters who’re kinda fun. These “roofies” appear to be of the last sort. It’s kinda nuts to go crawling over roofs, but you’ve gotta admit, they take arse-kicking photos… these snaps are by daredevil photographer Sergei Degtyaryov.

Give ‘em a tip of the jug…

BMD

Saturday, 29 September 2012

29 September 2012. A Photo Essay. Just Another Russian Urban Neighbourhood… Cheryomushki Raion in Moscow


Recycling bins for glass, metal, paper, and plastic

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Please! No animals allowed on the lawns!

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A bust of the poet Mikhail Lermontov

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Moscow is broken up into Raions (districts), which are part of larger units called Okrugs (which for unfathomable reasons, is always left in the Russian… they’re the equivalent of New York City boroughs). There are twelve Okrugs with 125 constituent raions. Cheryomushki Raion is in the Southwestern Administrative Okrug, the HQ of Gazprom is here. The Metro runs through the raion, using Profosoyuznaya, Novye Cheryomushki, and Kaluzhskaya (north to south, #6 Kaluzhno-Rizhskaya Line, it’s orange on the Metro map) stations on the western side. All riders have to travel north, towards the city centre, to transfer to other lines. On the eastern side, the Metro uses Nakhimovsky Prospekt and Sevastopolskaya stations (north to south, on the #9 Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line, it’s grey on the Metro map). Riders can transfer to the #11 Kakhovskaya Line (it’s blue-green on the Metro map) at Sevastopolskaya station. For all other transfers, riders have to travel north, towards the city centre. Cheryomushki Raion is a fairly-modern district, most buildings are postwar construction.

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