This trippy anti-capitalist cartoon was the USSR's first animated film

It's not surprising that the first animation to come out the newly formed Soviet Union was anti-capitalist propaganda, but 1924's Soviet Toys has particularly unnerving imagery, which includes a disappearing woman, a man with cameras for eyes, and a capitalist whose stomach is treated as piñata by the proletariat. » 3/03/14 1:20pm 3/03/14 1:20pm

Did the Russians love the '80s too? Some revealing photos

The '80s weren't a great time for those living in the U.S.S.R., although those living in Moscow had it better than most. As the rest of the country dealt with bread and meat rations, those living in the capital had access to fruit (sometimes), soda (a treat) and could even see a movie (if you had the money). Here's a… » 2/07/14 3:00pm 2/07/14 3:00pm

These weird stories prove that extraterrestrials love Russia

Americans and Europeans like to imagine that aliens will land in London, New York, or Washington, DC, but Russian history is filled with mysterious events that many have claimed to be the work of extraterrestrials. Here are a few of the freaky tales that have left many Russians watching the skies. » 6/16/13 1:00pm 6/16/13 1:00pm

The Tragic Story of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

The Semipalatinsk Test Site ("The Polygon") was the primary nuclear testing site for the Soviet Union. It's about 150 kilometres west of the town Semey (named Semipalatinsk until 2007). The place was selected in 1947 by Lavrentiy Beria, head of the Soviet atomic bomb project, who claimed the huge steppe region was… » 3/05/13 3:00pm 3/05/13 3:00pm

The groovy socialist world of 1970s Soviet futurism

Some of the most famous images of Soviet futurism come out of the 1920s and 30s, when the Revolution was young and propaganda posters were like stark works of realist art. But the nation continued to produce works of incredible futurism throughout its reign — including during the trippy period before the Iron Curtain… » 3/04/13 3:00pm 3/04/13 3:00pm

The Weirdest Monuments Of The Communist Era That Are Still Standing

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many Communist statues and sculptures were destroyed, while others were moved to statue parks or museums. But many of them remained in the same place for the last 20 years, while the former Soviet areas were transformed into modern countries. Here are thirteen of the most incredible … » 11/14/12 5:08pm 11/14/12 5:08pm

How the Soviets used their own twisted version of psychiatry to…

Over the course of its 69-year history, the Soviet Union was notorious for its heavy-handed suppression of political dissent — most infamously through its use of the Siberian GULAGs. But it was during the 1960s and 1970s that the Communist Party took their intolerance for ideological deviance to extremes by diagnosing … » 9/04/12 7:00am 9/04/12 7:00am

An extremely creepy tour of an abandoned Soviet monument in Bulgaria

Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you… » 4/06/12 4:10pm 4/06/12 4:10pm

For 25 Euros, you can be a (mildly) tortured Soviet political prisoner …

Should you ever find yourself in the environs of Vilnius, Lithuania, you can sign up for 1984: The Survival Drama, a three-hour faux Soviet military interrogation, complete with former KGB guards looking to recapture the magic of the old days. 25€ will get you a three-hour regimen of belt-whippings, verbal abuse, and a … » 1/10/12 8:30am 1/10/12 8:30am

Gambling Horses And The Soviet Mars Colonies: 20 Retro-futuristic…

Now that the Mars Science Laboratory has begun its journey, let's step back and remember those depictions of Martian living from years gone by. According to certain past dreamers, Mars is occasionally occupied by nefarious sentient automobiles. » 11/26/11 10:30am 11/26/11 10:30am