How it really is to live in Russia?

There are enough pictures of the Red Square, Kremlin and Arbat.
I prefer random pictures from everyday Russian life.

Russian winter is very cold [-30 C is considered normal]. Air is dry, so this cold is bearable. At -40 C, folks need to take precautions - hide their faces in the coat when they run from one house to another.

Russian living quarters are run down, monotonous and spaced out. People wear dark coats. They seem to be gloomy, unexcited.

This is a random industrial city deep inland. I know its name, but it is not really all that important. "Payphones" are free within the city because it is just too cold for the coin-intake mechanism to work.

Welcome to the real Russian world!                                                                                            H o m e

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