Winston Churchill once said that "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." Experiencing Russia is like experiencing magical realism—to the observer, everything seems as real as real can be, and at the same time, something's a bit odd, out of place, or straight up bizarre. Russia holds so many contrasting, vivid lives in it that it's no wonder why actually seeing them is so mesmerizing. And as one famous Russian vodka commercial says, "Russia can't be understood with the mind."

Aleksandr Petrosyan, the invisible hero of today's story, is the chronicler of these colorful people. He lives in Sankt Peterburg (Peter, as the locals call it), Russia's second-biggest city, and has accumulated quite an impressive archive of the city's unique people and situations. The photographer likes to capture as many different people as possible in a single frame, creating something that could somewhat represent the diverse Russian experience.

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Brian Yurochko
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1 year ago

This man is the last surviving member of his WWII company... and he just found out before the parade. I can only guess the memories flooding in his mind right now....

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Petrosyan got his first camera as a birthday gift when he was 12; he quit and came back a few times until he became a full-fledged professional in 2000. His biggest inspiration comes from the source of his pictures, Saint Petersburg itself, where he has lived his whole life and which he knows by heart. "This is my world," he says.

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Valentina Lattante
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1 year ago

I love this picture!

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Finch
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1 year ago

Morning beautiful morning. He's looks like he's showing respect to its glory with a slight bow.

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And he doesn't fret that his photos won't be understood that well outside the local context. "Perception depends on many different factors," he says. "But if the picture is taken with a certain energy, the viewer will feel it, regardless of geography and culture." And indeed, they're well understood and appreciated by thousands of people across the world.

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

beautiful!

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Finch
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1 year ago

It almost looks animated as she walks in the rain. Love the golden hue.

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This post is a perfect opportunity for you to dust off and refresh your "Meanwhile in Russia" folder. And if you like to keep your Russian memes fresh, or just want to experience more of Russia, make sure you follow this chronicler of the bizarrely amusing Russian reality. And if you missed the previous post on Bored Panda, don't worry, we've got you covered. And now, without further ado, let's delve into the enigmatic, bizarre, and completely real everyday life of Russian people.

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

hah! niice

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Finch
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1 year ago

The colors of those balloons is so gorgeous with the pale background. His smiling face reflects the infectious happiness from carrying those same balloons.

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Joyce Deering
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1 year ago

Neither one looks very happy. But! Does everyone smile when looking out the window? Of course not. Just wonderin'.

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Linda Hughes
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1 year ago

This would make an awesome jigsaw puzzle.

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

Ah there's nothing better than Keds!

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Barry Patterson
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1 year ago

They use parachutes instead of storks?

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

such a good photo!

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Finch
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1 year ago

Van Gogh esque.

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M O'Connell
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1 year ago (edited)

It takes that many soldiers to defend against Carmen Sandiego?

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Finch
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1 year ago

Russian Aquaman.

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Marion Capriotti
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1 year ago

Brave and awesome!

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Finch
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1 year ago

Such an intriguing contrast of how one moment in time can mean different things for different people.

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Finch
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1 year ago

Now with more people it looks reminiscent of a zombie movie scene.

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Diane Patrick
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1 year ago

He has he perfect face for that hat.

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Titas Burinskas
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1 year ago

Good technique

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Woltax
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1 year ago

Awww, she wants to join... C'mon - invite her!

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Stephanie Did It
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1 year ago

This really makes me want to know what is going on here

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

When women ignore you even when you brought your tank with you....

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Patty Leaton
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1 year ago

mum I'm on conference here

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

cooL

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

im impressed by the carpet. so cosy

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Tanya Tuttle
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1 year ago

Pushed. Last photo of him. Ever.

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Troux
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1 year ago

The Russian moon mission is prepared to launch...

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

Natasha, bring ze flammenwerfer...

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Finch
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1 year ago

And that's how I met Vladimir...

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Tanya Tuttle
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1 year ago

Reflection on the lighting of candles in memoriam

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Finch
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1 year ago

'Will I have to do that one day'?

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Diane Patrick
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1 year ago

I love their naval uniforms.

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Beatriz Miranda
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1 year ago

looks like the house from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" but bigger.

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Joyce Deering
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1 year ago

Careful...the authorities may arrest and detain him for showing us (U.S.) a 'distorted' and 'unflattering' likeness of Putin.

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Gosiulka Bloem
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1 year ago

Why can't we all go back to dressing like these ladies on the right?

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J Sizz
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1 year ago

The internet would be pretty boring if it weren't for Russia.

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Tanya Tuttle
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope our intel is aware of their development of Rocket Dogs

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

Love the atmosphere in this one

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Barry Patterson
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1 year ago

"Did we win World War III?"

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Sasha Kuleshov
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1 year ago

"The monument to aviation is swell and all that but sometimes it rattles like hell"

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 year ago

Baba Yaga?

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Joyce Deering
Community Member
1 year ago

She has known many sorrows in her lifetime. Sad.

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Donna Rose-Caesar
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1 year ago

interesting photo

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Donna Rose-Caesar
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1 year ago

what's happening here?

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Judy Frazier
Community Member
1 year ago

Senior ladies appear to be flamboyant!

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Maria R
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1 year ago

Poor horse.

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ABIGAIL KIRK
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1 year ago

Pikachu just photobombing

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

niice pic

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ABIGAIL KIRK
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1 year ago

Nobody is looking at the rainbow

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Łukasz Markuszewski
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1 year ago

That zip on her back.

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 year ago

A mime?

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Scott Brynildsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Or the guy fell and the other guy is looking around for assistance.

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Diane Patrick
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1 year ago

Desolate

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Sherri Haight
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1 year ago

Rabbit ears.

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Patty Leaton
Community Member
1 year ago

new age look

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Michael Fleischer
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1 year ago

This is also London. Camden Town, I think.

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Nat Monzo
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1 year ago

For those confused: The shadow is a Lenin statue (that usually is pointing), pointing to a sign that says "Store", and the man is coming out with a bottle of booze. I believe the picture is a social commentary on what Russia has become since the fall of communism. Also, and this might just be me, but the shadow looks like it is doing the Nazi salute, which is also a social commentary on the oppressive fascist like regime.

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Joyce Deering
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1 year ago

I can't believe she's touching that toilet seat. Yikes!

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Vernice Aure
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1 year ago

This looks like a movie location during a break.

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F. H.
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1 year ago

A Russian once told me a joke about the mostly criminal noveau riche Russians of the 1990s, the so called New Russians: A New Russian walks into a jewelery store and asks for a big solid gold cross to hang around his neck. Everything the owner shows him is too small. So he gets him a giant golden crucifix that used to decorate a church in town. The New Russian takes a good look at thing and says: "Yeah, that's kind of a nice size. But take that half naked athlete off! He looks kind of gay."

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Finch
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1 year ago

There's just never a good reason to spit on someone.

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J Sizz
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1 year ago

Love the tattoos.

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Joyce Deering
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1 year ago

Beautiful elevator cage. The bed? Not so much. It's tilting!

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Tanya Tuttle
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1 year ago

Good job pixilating the glutes

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