The Red Record

Mother Russia Loves Mother Earth

(Poster showing concern for the environment of lake Baikal, 1972) When one thinks of the Soviet Union and the environment, much of what comes to mind is the polluted waters, slashed forests, and major environmental disasters like the loss of the Aral sea. To an extent, it is right to associate the Soviet Union with … Continue reading

Centralizing Soviet Science: Akademgorodok

(The Symbol of Akademgorodok: a sigma representing the sum of Soviet science with a lightning bold symbolizing the new city springing into existince) Throughout the first half of its existence, much of the Soviet Union’s power had been focused on heavy industry and military might. However, after WWII and the death of Stalin, this focus … Continue reading

The Unconquered People of the Soviet Union

(Soviet Poster Calling the People of the Occupied Territories to Arms) The German advance was lightning quick in the early days of Operation Barbarossa. The Soviets troops, completely unprepared, were unable to hold on to territory and fell back toward the Russian border, leaving tens of thousands of soldiers behind in the panic. They took … Continue reading

The Forgotten Victims of 1905

One of the most interesting aspects of the 1905 revolution to me was the treatment of minorities by the revolutionaries and the government alike. I have learned in the past about the revolution and its political implications, but this seems almost like a forgotten sidebar to the revolution. In a time filled with so much … Continue reading

Digging In At Bakal

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was a groundbreaking early 20th century Russian photographer. A chemist by training, he studied for years to perfect a method of producing color photographs. Then in 1909, after receiving a commission from the Tsar as well as some special equipment, he set off to document the life, culture, and achievements of the … Continue reading