. Chechnya, winter 2000
During three weeks, I worked at a group of teen-agers that occupies a loft of a vast old house on Marat Street – 100 meters away from Nevsky prospect.
St. Petersburg has gone through some waves of a building fever. In conditions of dearness of the ground land owners tried to receive as much as possible the profit from the sites. So there was a characteristic Petersburg style of building - the house in the form to a penalty, a magnificent facade and both narrow and high court yard - "well" where there were windows of office accommodations and apartments for poor. Heroes of Dostoyevsky lived and operated in such "wells". Petersburgers, valuing each sunny day of short northern summer with approach of heat take out their children and old men for city - at the majority more or less well-to-do families there are modest country houses - "dachas". In “wells” there are only those old men and children which poor families there is no place to run from heat and dust. These people years live not seeing the sun which beams never reach a bottom of "well".
Located in the center of Saint Petersburg the factory not only satisfies requirement of all Russia for medical visual aids, but also exports the products to Finland and Turkey. The most popular product is a human skeleton. The collective of factory makes more than three hundred skeletons in one year.
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More than a hundred brick-works have been constructed in a small town of Al-Nakhrawan, 60 km to the south from Baghdad since the Security Council of the United Nations has inflicted sanctions on Iraq as punishment for intrusion into Kuwait.
On October, 15, 2002 the referendum about trust to president Saddam Husein had taken place in Iraq.
Twenty-eight years old Masha and Yasha who is 55 live in a municipal mental asylum. Masha and Yasha play in an amateur theatre where all actors suffer from Down syndrome.Text in Russian: http://www.livejournal.com/users/remetalk/695.html
Inter-regional prison hospital is located in a five-minutes walk away from Nevsky prospect the main street of Saint Petersburg. The hospital is an unique place in Russia where seriously ill convicts can receive a qualified medical aid. Many prisoners aspire to get to this hospital because they consider staying there as a holiday. Text in Russian here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/remetalk/5844.html#cutid1
. Cannes, France. Dead season.
Once a year, at the end of March, nenets reindeer breeders, wandering on boundless tundra of Yamal, gather in settlement Tazovsky for their holiday.
According to the old law, any house constructed in Petersburg should not be higher than the Winter palace – the residence of Russian tsars. The land was expensive and builders aspired to use each meter, therefore houses in Petersburg adjoin closely to each other. Getting over from a roof to a roof it is possible, experts assure, to bypass almost all central part of city. Walking on roofs is favorite entertainment of romantic Petersburg youth.
. Chechnya, 2003-2004 . Kazakhstan. Lengthways on the river Irtysh
Medicines prepared from “panty” - “young”, not stiffed yet, saturated by blood, horns of Siberian deer (“maral”) are considered as effective remedy for prolongation of male longevity. Extraction of horns lasts from beginning of June till middle of July. Chinese and Korean businessmen buy dry panty at the price of 200 dollars for kg .
Krasnokamensk is a small town located at the turn of Russia, China and Mongolia borders.
Three hundred years ago 19-years Michael Lomonosov with a fish transport has gone from village Desnisovo to Moscow.
In 30-s", some fishing families have founded the coastal settlement named after the river Shoyna, at Kanin Nos peninsula. An abundance of fish and sea animals promoted prosperity of the collective farm organized there. 1500 person lived in this village already in 50"s. The fishing fleet of collective farm totaled more then 70 ships. Savage fishing with heavy trawls has led to utter annihilation of benthonic vegetation. Therefore thousands of tons of sand deposited by sea is carried by a wind now. Today more than half of settlement buryed under sandy dunes. The collective farm has stopped the existence. The unemployment benefits and pensions is the only source of income of some 300 remaining inhabitants of the village
In the autumn of 1582 small detachment of cossacks under leadership of ataman Yermak defeated many thousands army of Siberian khan Kuchum and have occupied his capital located on high bank of the Irtysh river. 5 years later on the place of khan’s head quarter was founded Tobolsk - the first Russian city in Siberia
Relying on white walls of the Tobolsk Kremlin, overcoming impassable woods and bogs, the Siberian colds and resistance of local tribes, less than for 60 years Russian pioneers passed 6000 kilometers and reached Pacific ocean. Tobolsk became capital of the Tobolsk Province - huge territory stretched from Ural up to Kamchatka. Almost 300 years Tobolsk remained capital of Siberia. And only in the beginning of 20-th century its value began to fall. The final impact which has transformed Tobolsk from capital in modest district city appeared construction of the railway through the city of Tyumen – southern the neighbour and the competitor of Tobolsk. During Soviet times Tobolsk was known only as one of islands of Stalin Archipelago Gulag. Tens magnificent stone churches are closed by communists and turn to rural dance halls and cow-sheds. In 70-s' years it was made a decision on construction of huge Petrochemical combine. Together with combine at the top of a natural plateau where there was only the Kremlin and a cemetery earlier, sad concrete quarters of typical building grew. People left the wooden houses and moved in featureless, but more comfortable new buildings of " the top city ». The bottom, historical part, was occupied by alcoholics and natives of neighboring becoming empty villages. At the end of the eightieth municipality has made the decision to replace wooden sidewalks of the "bottom" city with asphalt. The unreasoned decision has led to to destruction of the drainage systems, and the city began to be immersed in a bog.
Hundreds monuments of Russian wooden and stone architecture sink in a unsteady mud. Local authorities set an alarm, desperately appeal about the help. Two years ago they managed to invite to Tobolsk Vladimir Putin who has promised to allocate from the federal budget of 2 billion roubles (70 million dollars) for restoration of city. Money while is not present. The hope still remains.