FEV_9861_1.jpg

Abkhazia

Last summer I spent a week on assignment in Abkhazia, Georgia's breakaway region that was recognized as an independent state by Russia 9 years ago.

28.JPG

Militarism & glamoUr in moscow

In this project, I followed the emergence of a new kind of glamour in Russia, one based on militarism and extreme loyalty to the state. I spent several months photographing displays of this new aesthetic everywhere from elite clubs to weightlifting gymnasiums and from army expositions to high-end department stores.

10.JPG

Pussy riot unreleased

On a hot summer weekend a year ago members of Pussy Riot, Russia's premier opposition punk band, were on the streets of Moscow filming a music video for a song that will never be released.

The plot was simple: a camouflaged woman crawls through the city, sometimes she runs or parkours. Every single one of three balaclava-wearing activists/actresses were bruised and injuried, overheating in the heavy combat boots and military uniform.

The song was supposed to highlight militant tendencies in Russian society.

23.JPG

New OrleanS

My second stop on the campaign trail was New Orleans, Louisiana. The city that suffered most when hurricane Katrina hit the US coast is now the city of recovery and (still) the city of bars, jazz and cool neighborhoods packed with places to see, beautiful houses and, well, more bars with great bands playing jazz.

Just like in Iowa, I tried to tell the story of big politics coming to the city that lives its usual life.

FEV_1732_1.jpg

IOWA City

Every 4 years Iowans find themselves at the forefront of US and world politics. I spent the week before the caucuses in Iowa City, a town of 73,000 most of whom are connected to the University of Iowa. I covered their daily lives, from chemistry labs to the wrestling matches and from underground Bernie Sanders supporters parties to polling places on the night of the caucuses themselves.

4.JPG

RussiaN Protesters

I've been photographing Russian protesters of all kinds for years.

I've been going to communists' gatherings and right-wing marches. I've been photographing unlawful assemblies and streets blocked by activists. I've witnessed funerals of politicians and opposition leaders being imprisoned. I've been covering state-wide political campaigns and grass root agitation in rural areas.

I've stood in the middle of a crowd of 200,000 and next to mothers heartbroken over their children being sentenced. I've entered apartments after they were searched by police and was under heavy surveillance when photographing in Sochi during Olympics.

Here's a small part of what I have seen.

 Село переходит на газ, хотя трубы котельных продолжают пока дымить. Кто-то доволен, так как газ дешевле, другие ругаются - "администрация никого не спрашивает, это какая-то диктатура". Впрочем, и те, и те признают: в процессе газификации случаются накладки - и прошлой осенью, и этой какие-то районы отключали от котельных и не успевали до холодов перевести на газ.

Russian village that banned wikipedia

Cherniy Yar is a village of 8,000 in the south of Russia. And it has become relatively famous in Russia after a local judge granted the prosecutor's request to ban Wikipedia statewide in August of 2015.

Actually, he requested to ban encyclopedia's entry on an Indian handmade form of cannabis called charas. But because Wikipedia is built on https protocol that would mean banning of the whole site. Though Wikipedia was not eventually banned in Russia, I spent almost two weeks in Cherniy Yar following its daily life.

 People supporting the revolution gather for weekly veche rally in the middle of protesters' camp on Kyiv's main square Maidan.
That very day after the veshe clashes erupted on the people's way from Maidan towards parliament building when people stormed police barricades blocking their path. The protest that was mainly peaceful turned into a complete bloodshed a month later when almost 100 protesters were killed with snipers' fire before president Viktor Yanukovich fled the country.

Ukraine apart

I have been covering the events in Ukraine for a year and a half. What started as a peaceful protest in Kiev turned into a full-scale riot then into a street war, and then through Crimea annexation into a real war in Donbass.

Covering that shift was a tough task, especially as the events fell surreal at the moment (and dso in retrospect).

That revolution was meant to elevate the people of Ukraine and their country to a new level of dignity and prosperity, but it turned into a war that showed the worst in so many people and tore apartso many groups and connections.

Moscow Riots trial

Russian protests of winter 2011/12 were effectively stopped by the government with a few minor changes in country's political system and a few massive pro-Putin counter rallies. And then came the crackdown.

The opposition held a rally on May 6, a day prior to Vladimir Putin's third inauguration. The rally turned into clashes with the riot police forces after they blocked the crowd's path leaving a road way too narrow for an 80,000 march.

Thousands were detained, hundreds served minor terms for different misdemeanors. More then 30 people were arrested including those who were not even on a site. Two dozens were imprisoned and sentenced to up to 4,5 years. Many fled the country. The protest movement dissolved.

Kiev, Then and now

Two years ago, on Maidan revolution first anniversary, I've shot a gallery for Mashable to show side-by-side locations where the unrest unfolded then and now.

Ages of moscow

This June, I did a photo story for Swiss magazine WOZ. I was assigned to show Moscow locations that exist on the intersection of ages, I mostly focused on places with conflict between Soviet and modern times but looked broader into the city I love that is one of the most historically chaosed places on the planet. 

'Ship-house', a legendary half-a-kilometer-long brutalist apartment building that was used to accomodate scientists working on nuclear energy programs, is now completely changed and somewhat damaged by capitalism.

'Ship-house', a legendary half-a-kilometer-long brutalist apartment building that was used to accomodate scientists working on nuclear energy programs, is now completely changed and somewhat damaged by capitalism.

FEV_4896.jpg
FEV_4876.jpg

Moscow hosts relics of St.Nicholas this summer, which have left Bari for the first time in 930 years. The line is 9-hour-long and it leads to the Christ the Savior Cathedral. Opposing it, across the river, life goes as usual.

Old caroussel horse looks out of a junk store in Moscow

Old caroussel horses look out of an under-the-bridge junk store in Moscow.

FEV_4820.jpg
FEV_4817.jpg

Muzeon is an art park in Moscow city center, that hosts dozens of Soviet monuments toppled during the unrest of 1991, including those of Lenin, Stalin and Dzerzhinsky.

Moscow youth walk on an embankment between two districts: Stalin-built area surrounding Kutuzovsky prospect and modern City district. Babushkas on a sightseeing tour do the same across the river.

Burger King's promoter is seen dressed as a burger in front of the main entrance to the Soviet amusement park Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

Muscovites use subway wi-fi network on their smartphones to surf web at Kievskaya station that is decorated with Soviet mosaics.

Three generations of Muscovites wait for a tram.

Mother is walking with her toddler in the Soviet amusement park Exhibitions of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

Mother is walking with her toddler in the Soviet amusement park Exhibitions of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

Artists are playing chess as they hide from the rain at vernissage next to Tretyakov gallery in Moscow

Artists are playing chess as they hide from the rain at vernissage next to Tretyakov gallery in Moscow

Muscovites are walking in front of the Soviet-era Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument, expo of Russian army's anti-aircraft self-propelled systems (including one called "Buk" of the same system that supposedly downed Malaysian Boeing over Donbass) and the monorail that was built in 2004

Teenage skaters ride in front of Lenin's monument using it as a ramp on Oktiabrskaya square in Moscow