From Enisey river to Alexey Navalny: Politically engaged landscape
Monday. On August 19, 1991, an attempt to remove Mikhail Gorbachev from the post of president of the Soviet Union was organized. After this many things changed.However, when riding the Moscow metro in the morning and raising your head up, you see that maybe not all that much has changed. Read more about the fall of the USSR.
Tuesday. When you stand up to your knees in water and fish not far from the city of Kalyazin in the Tver region, knowing that somewhere in the Far East, entire cities and regions are underwater in the great Russo-Chinese flood, you realize that you live in a country with immense distances. More about the flood is written on our site.
Wednesday. Tuva. Valley of the Kings. After an almost non-stop three-day rain, the sky finally cleared up and an enormous triple rainbow appeared over the valley. Just nature and a rainbow. But to find out more about LGBT issues in Russia, check out other materials on RBTH.
Thursday. Last week, it became known that Russia’s birth rate surpassed the USA’s. Meanwhile, information that the Moscow metro is the fastest-growing in the world appeared. A morning traffic jam at the Savyolovskaya Station makes it clear that the first trend is starting to affect the second. Read more about the Moscow metro.
Friday. Gathering mushrooms is both a hobby and a tradition in Russia. Mushroom season has already started in some regions and our colleague managed to collect a few juicy Boletus Luteus mushrooms in Sayano-Shushensky Reserve (the Republic of Tuva in Russia’s Southeast). Seize the moment! You can’t collect mushrooms in the Russian winter; that’s when they start bringing them in from Africa. More on mushrooms by RBTH.
Saturday. On the exit from Sayano-Shushensky Reserve, a group of local residents sit next to the road and sing national songs, waiting to sell berries and mushrooms to the rare passing tourists. Meanwhile in Moscow, thousands of Vietnamese huddled together in a camp for illegal immigrants also sing national songs, waiting to be allowed to return to their jobs. Read the latest news from the Vietnamese camp with us.
Sunday. You go out for bread in the day time and there’s the opposition leader shaking things up at the entrance to the shopping mall. You unwittingly remember that Russia is a democracy and the Moscow mayoral elections are coming up. But most of the people were standing in line to the store and not for some political slogans. Those interested in politics can find out more details about the elections on our site.