When you see his photos, you can understand why Christopher Herwig spent 12 years traveling through the former Soviet Union, taking pictures of Soviet-era bus stops.
Last month I wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about the difference between how Americans and Russians respond to the question, “How are you?”
My inbox exploded. People from all over the world wrote to tell me how they were. I learned that Russians are not the only ones who take “How are you?” literally. The same holds true for Chinese, Israelis, and very grumpy Americans.
Storify: Slice of Ukrainian life away from the stand-off in Crimea
Despite the tense geopolitical standoff, for many in Crimea, life goes on.
OK, I’ll admit it. I kind of have a thing for abandoned mining settlements. I mean, I don’t need treatment, but in the past year I’ve tackled the story of Hashima Island in Japan, and the story of Piramida, a now defunct Russian mining town above the Arctic Circle. No wonder that I’ve now clocked in on French photographer Romain Veillon’s amazing photos of an abandoned German diamond mining town called Kolmanskop, which is awash in sand and ghosts in the Namibian desert.
-Producer/reporter Clark Boyd
A selection of (mostly) European cartoons about the violent protests in Kiev.
When do we see Russia? The real Russia? In many ways, the Olympics — packaged to perfection for prime-time consumption — is exactly the wrong lens.
What is Russia’s excitement-anxiety ratio right now?
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