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 2:00pm 2/07/14 2:00pm

These photographs capture the terror, joy and weirdness of the USSR's…

In the last days of the USSR, the nation was changing incredibly fast. People were starving, but they were also joyfully rebelling against their crumbling government. Communism was slowly eroding into nationalism. These moving photographs capture the moments heralded the end of the Soviet Union. » 3/22/13 3:00pm 3/22/13 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

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… » 1/10/12 8:30am 1/10/12 8:30am