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Mikoyan Brothers Museum – Alaverdi, Armenia

Born in Sanahin, among the majestic mountains of Armenia, the Mikoyan brothers became both prominent personalities of USSR.
Anastas, the older, as head of state until the Sixties; Artem as creator – together with designer Mikhail Gurevich – of the most famous Soviet fighter aircraft, the MiG.

After their death, the two had a small memorabilia museum established in their honour in Alaverdi.
In the yard, a huge memorial was built in 1982 – an impressive, king-size concrete cantilevered canopy hanging over a MiG-21.

The MiG-21 Memorial Polaroid B&W 600 Film Color Frames – Polaroid Supercolor 670AF

Hotel Salyut – Kiev, Ukraine

Icon of Socialist Modernism in Kiev, the Salute hotel was designed by Ukrainian architect Abraham Miletsky (also known for his dramatic, odd Crematorium in the Park of Memory) and built on the right bank of the Dnepr river between 1982 and 1984.

Named after – and looking alike – a series of Soviet space stations, the building should have been several floors higher (hence the massive base) but bureaucratic issues led to a shortening.
A spiral ramp runs all along inside the cylindrical reinforced concrete shape, connecting the 89 rooms.

Hotel Salute Polaroid B&W 600 Film Color Frames - Expired Film / Polaroid 636 Closeup
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Hotel Salute Polaroid B&W 600 Film / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort

Stalin statue – Gori railway station, Georgia

Iron Man’s hometown, the Georgian city of Gori still hosts one of the last surviving statues of Iosif Stalin.

Inside a polished, freshly green-painted vaulted lounge at the main train station, a marble figure of the austere moustached Soviet leader stands out among the passengers waiting for their ride.

Stalin statue in the waiting hall Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort

We are our mountains – Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

National symbol of de facto Republic of Artsakh, the monument was sculpted in 1967 by Soviet Armenian artist Sargis Baghdasaryan.

Carved out of reddish volcanic tufa and at one with nature, these enormous elderly in their folk clothes – hence the nickname “tatik-papik”, grandpa and grandma – are to represent the centenarians people of the mountains and the heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tatik-Papik, Stepanakert Polaroid B&W 600 Film Color Frames / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF

Olympic well – Lysa Hora, Ukraine

In 1975 young Soviet artist Vladimir Arsentyev won the competition for the symbol of the upcoming 1980 Summer Olympics.

The games fever expanded all across the USSR – all the more so because the XXII Olympiad was the first one ever held in Eastern Europe.

The Moscow’s Seven Sister logo became ubiquitous in the whole Soviet Union, not only officially but also in everyday life details – like atop this well in Ukrainian village Lysa Hora.

The Olympic well Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort