A guide to the New East




Pretty ugly: Russia’s suburbs lack charm or beauty. All the more reason to celebrate them


Every Russian has memories of the suburbs, and mine are quite straightforward. I lived in a suburb in the south-east of St Petersburg from the ages of five till ten. I remember looking out of the kitchen window... → Read the full article






Know your tower block: Russia or not? Take the test


The tower block is a ubiquitous feature of Russia’s suburbs. But can you tell the difference between Russia’s high-rises and those of other cities around the world? → Take the quiz






Outsider art: why Russia's hottest designers and artists love the suburbs


The city's edgelands, a remote kingdom of endless high-rises, are increasingly becoming the landscape of choice for contemporary Russian visual culture, for fashion shoots, music videos and art projects... → Read the full article



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