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Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world

Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world - Gulliver Theis’ travel photography captures the length and breadth of Russia: from the brutalist architecture of Kaliningrad to St Petersburg’s white nights and the edgy drama of being a tourist in the Dagestan Republic. Photograph: Gulliver Theis

**Kutia Cont.** It is rarely served at other times of the year. It was part of a common Eastern Orthodox tradition in the Russian Empire, which had waned in popularity as a result of the official atheism of the former Soviet Union, but has had a subsequent resurgence in Ukraine, Belarus and other former Soviet Republics. Radonitsa is one such holiday during which it is served. To this day kutia is served at funerals across Russia as a dish of remembrance.

What is most unusual in Siberia? The frost below minus 50 degrees Celsius, diamonds, cruel northern mosquitoes the size of a fist? There is something even more unusual - the desert!

Suzdal (Russia). 'Gently winding waterways, flower-drenched meadows and domespotted skyline make this medieval capital a perfect fairy-tale setting. Suzdal was bypassed by the railway and later protected by the Soviet government, all of which limited development in the area. Nowadays, its main features are its abundance of ancient architectural gems and its decidedly rural atmosphere.'


Terror That Keeps ISIL Awake: Russian Aircraft Night Sorties in Syria

There is no rest for the Russian Air Force deployed in Syria, as its pilots fly sorties through the night in the fight against ISIL forces threatening the Arab republic.