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!

Anna Neemus
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1 year ago

There is - a good man!

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago (edited)

He’s a keeper. A man who—-in public—-will help you get out of torture devices with 5 inch heels and into sneakers, just because he knows you’ll be more comfortable, is a man who wants the best for you because he really cares about you.

Crackerjack Heart
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1 year ago

I think she is getting INTO the heels!

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Finch
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1 year ago

Modern day Cinderella! Love the expression of the woman in the back staring on.

Craig Fox
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1 year ago

She is thinking “crap, that girl has the same sneakers I do. This is so embarrassing”

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Mme de Poppadom
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1 year ago

My Russian colleague explained to me the prevalence of heels in Russian culture, so I'm glad to see it's balanced with some care for ones feet and knees as well!

Robin Syr
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1 year ago

That is real love! And glorious in it's every dayness

Tanya Tuttle
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1 year ago

"Notice, I am NOT looking up her dress! I am NOT looking up her dress!"

Walt White
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1 year ago

He's dating a sensible woman! Be damn what others think!

Patty Leaton
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1 year ago

Cinderella's shoes

Jim Ellington
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1 year ago

...and she knows how to use them.

April Pickett
Community Member
1 year ago

The shoes are gorgeous. You can only stand "gorgeous" (pain) for so long.

Ann McNeil
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1 year ago

Off with the old- on with the new.

Robert Farley
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1 year ago

Cinderella....

LKreger Kreegs
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1 year ago

Nice street photo

William McGivney
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1 year ago

Reminds me of Buenos Aires and Tango dancing.

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 year ago

The party is over, lets dance in the streets in comfort or run in joy.

Markku Pesonen
Community Member
1 year ago

Русская Золушка

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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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