A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day.
In this extract from Juliusz Strachota’s “A Polish Tourist in the USSR” the protagonist makes his way to Crimea with the help of a childhood guide book.
In this extract from Alice Lugen’s “The Dyatlov Pass Tragedy”, the author describes the events leading up to the trip during which a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals.
If you travel around Ukraine today, you might come across some remnants of the one-time Soviet dream: elaborate mosaic art depicting idealized citizens of the USSR.
The investigative journalist Alice Lugen talks about what might have happened in the Dyatlov Pass tragedy, when a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals.
The work of Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky is widely acclaimed – and with good reason. But what should we make of the role of women in his film “Stalker”?
In this extract from Tania Skarynkina’s “A Large Czesław Miłosz With A Dash of Elvis Presley”, the writer remembers a childhood trip from Belarus to the Artek holiday camp in Crimea.
The latest miniseries from HBO beautifully captures Soviet aesthetics, but is lacking elsewhere. A Belarusian writer suggests that “Chernobyl” fails to portray the complex nuances of language in a society enslaved by totalitarianism.
The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten.