A Sick State

Russian health collapsed with the Soviet state, worsening during the political instability of the 1990′s, and continuing to suffer in the 21st century. In 1991, Russia’s Ministry of Health reported a…

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Emancipation Declination

After suffering defeat in the Crimean War, late Imperial Russia underwent many reforms in an effort to reestablish national confidence and internal stability.  Some of these reforms included changes to the judicial and educational system as well as installing zemstvo- an elected … Continue reading

A famous vacation spot for criminals in Bukhara

Although the Soviet Union traditionally claims superiority when it comes to jailing and exiling people in deplorable conditions, this photo places the Emirate of Bukhara as a notable competitor. Perhaps only a mere footnote compared to the notorious purges of Joseph Stalin, the prison at Zindan certainly doesn’t seem any more appealing than a Soviet gulag […]

19th/20th Century Russian Ag.

The caption of this photo says it depicts monks planting potatoes in fields reclaimed from conifer forest.  This got me thinking about all the different times I had learned about clearing land for agricultural use, and for that matter all the different countries it takes place in.  This could spark a debate over many controversial […]