SOVIET TRACES

 

PHOTO ESSAY + STORY FOR THE RIVETER MAGAZINE

I was born in Russia just after the fall of Communism in 1991 and moved to the United States with my parents at the age of three, but the larger-than-life statues of Lenin had always been hard to ignore on return visits. During one of my last trips back in 2015, after five years away from Russia, the gleaming red star on top of the Kremlin and the sculptures of working men and women in metro and train stations caught my attention. Through this photo essay and story for Minneapolis-based independent magazine The Riveter, I explored why the relics are still there and what they might mean for the country’s current state of affairs as well as its future.