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Frank Herfort is fascinated by the uniquely shaped buildings that have seemed to sprout from the ground since the end of the Soviet era. The majority of them are less than 10 years old. They are imposing symbols of creativity and optimism that Herfort suspects would take many people by surprise.

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Architecture • Frank Herfort • Photo Book • Russia • Soviet Union • World

Some young Russians welcome the arrival of summer by heading to the countryside to perform rituals that date back to pagan times, like building a straw man and touching its penis to bring fertility and love. Photographer Claudine Doury followed them for three days during their rituals.

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Agence Vu • Claudine Doury • Russia • Summer • World
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Photographer Tina Remiz is from Latvia, but both her parents were born in Russia. She generally felt part of both the Latvian and Russian communities, but sometimes there was a cultural barrier with Latvians, she said. Remiz explores the Russian community in Latvia in her project "Krievi."

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FotoVisura • Latvia • Russia • Tina Remiz • World
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Historically, each oblast, or province, in Russia has psychiatric facilities situated away from the cities, in rural areas. Elat’ma, in the Ryazan Oblast region of Russia, is unique in that it functions as a town for mentally disabled people. It hosts six facilities, one for each developmental stage of a person’s life from birth to death.

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Anastasia Rudenko • Health • Russia • World
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On the other side of the mountains from the Russian town of Sochi, where the Olympic flame will be lighted next year, a war is being waged. From the Caucasus' impenetrable forests and mountains, Islamist rebels are engaged in a struggle for independence from Russia.

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Arnold van Bruggen • North Caucasus • Rob Hornstra • Russia • World
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On the Moscow metro

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Photograper Tomer Ifrah arrived in Russia’s capital in the middle of winter and discovered the Moscow metro, which intrigued him because it was the only place in the city where all ages and stature of people in the same area.

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Russia • Tomer Ifrah • World
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Photographer Eric Michael Johnson sought to photograph a medical facility catering to the veterans and families of the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya in Russia, still receiving treatment decade after the initial conflict. After negotiating with Russia’s government to gain access, he photographed in a single day.

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Eric Michael Johnson • Russia
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Photographer Colin Delfosse went to the remote Russian city of Murmansk to spend a month following naval cadets learning the traditional basics of naval navigation, with half of that time spent aboard one of the largest sail-driven ships in the world.

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Colin Delfosse • Out of Focus • Russia • World
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