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.

More info: aleksandrpetrosyan.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Brian Yurochko
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3 months 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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3 months ago

I love this picture!

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Finch
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3 months 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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3 months ago

beautiful!

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Finch
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3 months 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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3 months ago

hah! niice

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Finch
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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

This would make an awesome jigsaw puzzle.

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Daria Z
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3 months ago

Ah there's nothing better than Keds!

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Barry Patterson
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3 months ago

They use parachutes instead of storks?

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boredpanDaman
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3 months ago

such a good photo!

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Finch
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3 months ago

Van Gogh esque.

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M O'Connell
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3 months ago (edited)

It takes that many soldiers to defend against Carmen Sandiego?

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Finch
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3 months ago

Russian Aquaman.

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Marion Capriotti
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3 months ago

Brave and awesome!

Queen Mab
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3 months ago

Awesome cheekbones and amazing courage.

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Sue Grigg
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3 months ago

This must be a brave thing to do in conservative Russia.

Robin Syr
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3 months ago

I hope she knows that's so many people look at her and see how brave she is

Thenatural
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3 months ago

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She?she?...lmfao!

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TrashPandaru
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3 months ago

This is incredibly brave. She's literally risking her life.

Sasha Kuleshov
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3 months ago

LGBT+ people are banned in Russia >:I

Olesia Kovalenko
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3 months ago

Yes they are and that needs to change! The more they are shown in Russia the faster people will get used to seeing them and the easier for them to have their rights met....maybe

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Dio
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3 months ago

It's dangerous to do this in Russia because of awful cultural stereotypes and law. This woman may get beaten up or killed if it's something they do regularly. Very brave and courageous. I hope they remain safe.

Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Sadly, courageous beauties like her get beaten up all over the United States .

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Cindy Jarrett
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3 months ago

In Russia? Yes, to brave to be out!

SweetCee
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3 months ago

Fierce lady! You go!

Mia Cardenas
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3 months ago

The determined look of courage

George Hudacko
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3 months ago

Drag queens rule!

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

Yes, we do! 😉

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Ruth Dyke
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3 months ago

This is what courage looks like.

Vernice Aure
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3 months ago

She is gorgeous!

Russian Otaku
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3 months ago

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Congrats on being so dumb and with such poor eyesight you don't know what she even means

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Cybele Spanjaard
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3 months ago

I know who I am and this is what counts the most.

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

Beautiful, I'm gonna start saying that.

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Jessica
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3 months ago

DOWN VOTE the hate full people.

Patty Leaton
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3 months ago

off to work

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

"Just your average, run-of-the-mill, Russian, bisexual, transvestite hooker." -Katya Zamolochikova (This was said with love, btw)

Jessica H.
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3 months ago

FIERCE!

Maureen Peters
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3 months ago

Wow.."she" takes the liberty of doing!

Dan Pieniak
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3 months ago

Looks like a guy :-)

Faith Arnold
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3 months ago

Of course. And to openly be a transvestite in Russia shows such bravery and courage.

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Joyce Brazel
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3 months ago

I thought they were either sent to prisoned or killed over there.

Faith Arnold
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3 months ago

That is why you are seeing comments mentioning bravery and courage...

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Markku Pesonen
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3 months ago (edited)

Он не дама

Sergio Serg
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2 months ago

Weirdo.

Leisa K
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2 months ago

Werk!

Paula Parker
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3 months ago

That looks like a wig. My first impression is that "she" is a male.

JessG
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3 months ago

Ya think?

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LKreger Kreegs
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3 months ago

C'est la travestie?

TrashPandaru
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3 months ago

C'est une femme trans

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Diane Patrick
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3 months ago

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Kimberly Brown
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3 months ago

Walk of shame the morning after

enjoyinglife
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3 months ago

It this the morning Walk of Shame?

Ojberretta Berretta
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3 months ago

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ew

Russian Otaku
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3 months ago

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Of course all the libtards here don't fucking have a idea what brave or other adjectives even mean

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

Don't be a shithead.

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Thenatural
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3 months ago

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Why do you all lose your minds over a guy masquerading as a woman? If that's what HE wants to do good luck to HIM...that's HIS choice...and it's my choice to remain completely sane about it by not pretending HE'S a woman...

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
2 months ago

Some queens like to be called she in drag. You can say HER or SHE.

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Nothanks L. Walk
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3 months ago

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yikes... women shouldnt do swim butterfly, this physique is just alarming on a woman

ArhomR
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3 months ago

It's a guy on drag

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June Dominguez
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3 months ago (edited)

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Are you sure this isn’t a Russian spy or a male pretending to be a woman? Too strong of a jaw line to be a woman!

Josh Tall
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3 months ago

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even if I was a phobe...I wouldn't mess with her!!!

Ron Smedley
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3 months ago

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That is a "trans" ....

Liz the Wanderer
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3 months ago

Yes, very good.

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Lois Hoffer
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3 months ago

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Masculine...

Leslye Joseph
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3 months ago

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“Dude Looks Like A Lady”

jamie1707
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3 months ago

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That is the Russian version of Ann Coulter.

Josh Tall
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3 months ago

I want to upvote this so bad!!!

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Mark Sheffield
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3 months ago (edited)

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10 ruble sex change

fenderfan85
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3 months ago

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Freak.

Wouldn't You Like to Know
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3 months ago

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Ugly and disgusting.

Maureen Larkin
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3 months ago

Yes, you are indeed

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Finch
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3 months 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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3 months ago

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

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Diane Patrick
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3 months ago

He has he perfect face for that hat.

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Titas Burinskas
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3 months ago

Good technique

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Woltax
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3 months ago

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

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

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

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

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

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Patty Leaton
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3 months ago

mum I'm on conference here

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boredpanDaman
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3 months ago

cooL

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boredpanDaman
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3 months ago

im impressed by the carpet. so cosy

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Tanya Tuttle
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3 months ago

Pushed. Last photo of him. Ever.

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Troux
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3 months ago

The Russian moon mission is prepared to launch...

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

Natasha, bring ze flammenwerfer...

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Finch
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3 months ago

And that's how I met Vladimir...

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