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Welcome to a failed utopia: new VR tour explores Moscow’s planned Soviet city

18 December 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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  • Promotional video for The Moscow That Never Was

New virtual reality tours are giving Muscovites the chance to see the Russian capital as the socialist utopia envisioned by the city’s Soviet architects.

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Meet the Polish photographer uncovering the secret life of vegetables

18 December 2017 · Poland
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  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

  • From Maciek Jasik’s The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables

For thousands of years, fruits and vegetables have served as powerful symbols: cultural references to life, death and rebirth. In his series, The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables, Polish photographer Maciek Jasik hopes to take each plant back to their mystic roots. 

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Crystal close-ups: discover Russia’s top snowflake photographer

18 December 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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A snowflake image captured by Alexey Kljatov

Muscovite Alexey Kljatov has carved himself a niche as the world’s premiere snowflake photographer. Using a homemade rig, with a Soviet-made lens taped onto the front of his Canon Powershot, Kljatov captures unique images of delicate snowflakes which fall onto his balcony.
 

 

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The delicate shapes land on a glass sheet or woolen blanket, where they are gently guided into position using a toothpick.
 

 

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His work has already been featured in tens of articles, books, and even on the cover of albums and LPs.
 

 

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To see more of Alexey’s work, click here.

Follow of the week: stunning modernist gems from Romania to Russia

15 December 2017 · Romania · Russia · Serbia
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Travel the News East with Anton Rudov, a photographer documenting the most recognised and lesser known buildings and landmarks across the region.

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Chess bar opens in Moscow Stalin-era skyscraper

15 December 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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Cocktails being served at the opening of the bar. Photo: Facebook / worldchessclubmoscow

Ever wanted to play some social chess without joining the pensioners who gather in parks and chess clubs across the countries of the New East?

With the launch of a chess bar in one of Moscow’s Stalin-era skyscrapers, now you can.

World Chess Club Moscow opened on Thursday evening and is marketing itself as a place where a new generation of chess enthusiasts can come and play the board game. On its Facebook page, the venue describes itself as the “only chess club in the world with a bar” and says it was “created after the chess revolution in 2016 when chess became fashionable”.

Inside, the phrase “I love you and chess” glows in fluorescent lighting on the wall and there are chess sets on tables around the bar, which offers cocktails named after famous chess players. Chess lessons can be arranged with experts. 

World Chess Club Moscow is on the Russian capital’s Kudrinkskaya ploshchad and open from midday until 1am, or 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. More information is available on its website.

Shadow of curls: explore Kosovan identity in this new Berlin show

15 December 2017 · Kosovo
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  • Sislej Xhafa discusses his exhibition, shadow of curls

For contemporary artist Sislej Xhafa, his identity as a Kosovar provides the heart and inspiration behind this work.

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Watch Russian band EIMIC bring art to life with sound

15 December 2017 · Russia
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Moscow-based band Everthing is Made in China, better known as EIMIC, have recorded a special live performance of two tracks taken from their recent album Acquired Taste.

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Hungarian photographer wins 2017’s Wildlife Comedy Photo Award

14 December 2017 · Hungary
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Tibor Kercz’s winning shot

A Hungarian photographer has been named the winner in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Awards. Tibor Kercz snagged the overall prize with his shot of an owl scrambling to find a place to sit.

Other winners included Italy’s Andrea Zampatti, who took first place in the “On The Land” category with this snap of a very happy looking dormouse.

 

Troy Mayne won the “Under the Sea” category with this shot taken in the Philippines. 

 

Meanwhile, UK-based photographer John Threlfall came top in the “In the Air” category with this perfectly timed shot of a bird and an airplane trail.

 

The Wildlife Comedy Photography Awards were founded as an light-hearted competition designed to boost awareness of animal conservation work. The 2017 competition recieved more than 3,500 entries from 86 countries.

For more information on the award, click here.
 

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed as Soviet stunt actor

14 December 2017 · Russia
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He's known across the globe for his shirtless horseriding, judo prowess, and strong man image — but now Russian President Vladimir Putin has also been unveiled as a former Soviet stunt actor.

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Internet trolls start targeting Russia’s Crimea blockbuster

14 December 2017 · Russia
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The poster for Russian film Crimea

With its brow-beating patriotism and questionable historic view, Kremlin-sponsored blockbuster Crimea was never going to be universally acclaimed.

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