Much Ado About Abortions

After the passing of Joseph Stalin in 1953, the Soviet Union needed a new leader to fill his place. While there were several qualified candidates, one came out strongly among the rest. Nikita Khrushchev deftly won against the opposition as Malenkov, Beria, and Molotov fell away from leadership. With his new power, Khrushchev launched the…

All the Single (Russian) Ladies

In 1943, World War II raged on. Already, it had wrecked the world. It appeared that no region was untouched, and Russia was no exception; in 1941, “1.5 million Soviet troops were dead while another 3 million were German POWs” (Freeze 376). Families drastically adapted to match the needs of war. The Soviets conscripted its…

Assimilation into Russian Culture in Inner Asia

This image initially struck me for its bright colors. Because of Prokudin-Gorskii’s three-negatives technique, individuals were able to digitally produce one final, colorized version. With the addition of color, the image fills with depth. Immediately, viewers see a woman. She wears a full-length robe, and it is covered with pinks, reds, yellows, and more. Additionally, a…