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

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

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

Welcome to Pyramiden, the Soviet ghost town at the edge of the world

On the Norwegian archipelago of Spitsbergen you can find Pyramiden, an abandoned mining town that's been almost entirely uninhabited since 1998. Founded in 1910, his town of 1,000 was a model Soviet outpost. That is, until the fall of Communism made it a less desirable place to live. Here's a recent news report from… » 9/24/11 2:15pm 9/24/11 2:15pm