Ukraine: Former church houses Soviet-era space museum

Inside a traditional Orthodox church topped with a gold cross, instead of icons, visitors can see a lunar rover and the helmet of the first man in space Yuri Gagarin. The 19th-century wooden church in central Ukraine is one of thousands of buildings that were repurposed or simply destroyed during an anti-religion campaign in the Soviet era, and has been the home of the “Space museum” since the 1970s.

Moscow’s Soviet-era cinemas get glossy make-over

Named after the cities and rivers of the USSR, Moscow’s Soviet-era cinemas are getting a glossy make-over in a programme backed by authorities but criticised by some as being insensitive to their historical legacy.

Soviet Era Classic Cars Drive Through Moscow

(21 Jul 2018) A colourful parade of classic cars took place in Moscow on Saturday morning. The parade, which was followed by a rally through central Moscow, was in its fifth edition and as many as 133 crews driving classic Soviet-era cars participated. (July 21)

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‘Dead, injured’ as 9-storey building collapses in Russia

Several people have been killed and injured after a corner section of a nine-storey, Soviet-era residential building collapsed in the provincial city of Izhevsk. IMAGES

Ukraine: Femen activist calls for revolution on 1917 anniversary

An activist from the Femen women’s rights movement protested on a Soviet-era monument in the center of Kiev on Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The activist called for an end to Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s “monarchy”.

VICE News Daily: Pro-Russia Forces Withdraw From Ukraine’s Frontlines

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Pro-Russia fighters withdraw military equipment from Ukraine, Nepalese protesters want to become a Hindu nation, Lithuania removes its last Soviet-era statues, and the US embassy in Havana reopens after more than 50 years.

Pro-Russia Forces Pull Back Equipment From Frontlines
Rebels said they withdrew five tanks and 77 armored personnel carriers.

Protesters Demand Hindu Nation
Nepal was declared a secular republic after its centuries-old monarchy was abolished in 2008.

Last Soviet-Era Statues Removed
It’s a controversial demolition job since Lithuania is facing new tensions with its neighbor Russia.

U.S. Reopens Embassy in Havana
The new diplomatic mission will help companies invest and pave the way for more American tourists.

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VICE on HBO Debrief: Genetic Passport

Thomas Morton visited a region of Kazakhstan where residents are still coping with the devastating effects of Soviet-era nuclear testing. This is his debrief from Season 2 Episode 7 of VICE on HBO.

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