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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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....

Cuddles
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3 months ago

I just really want to hug him even more now that I know why he's upset. D: (He also looks kind of like my dad.)

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boredpanDaman
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3 months ago

i want to hug him

Kayla J
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3 months ago

This photo always goes around on social media with the wrong caption. According to Snopes: " “It was taken at a Victory Parade on May 9, 2007, on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, Russia,” he revealed. He also explained why the veteran appears so upset in the photo and his hopes about tracking him down. “The veteran was upset that he was behind the column with other veterans and could not catch up with them,” he said. “Now I’m looking for this veteran. I hope that I will find him and find out his name.”"

Alex K
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3 months ago

Russian sacrifice defeated hitler. without russia, we would all be speaking german right now... all the other countries combined ,didn't do as much as russia. too bad it was ruled by scum like stalin afterwards.

fuggnuggins
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3 months ago

You've swallowed a lie.

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Isaias Sepulveda
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3 months ago

mis respetos para este hombre que nació en un país y va a morir en otro...por el que el no lucho...

Joe Berger
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3 months ago

This is beautiful

Devon a Garcia
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3 months ago

is anyone gonna look at Ann Abdelzaher's reply to Brian's comment?

Sandrine-E. Séchaud
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3 months ago

I want to hug this man and tell him that he is not alone :(

Patty Leaton
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3 months ago

honor of sadness

Peggy Preston
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3 months ago

Me too. I need to know why he is so sad.

J Sizz
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3 months ago

If I remember right, he's the last surviving member from his company or platoon.

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Frank Daley
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3 months ago

Beyond touching.

Frank Daley
Community Member
3 months ago

Beyond touching

Pippa Runs
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3 months ago

This breaks my heart ☹️

Lisa Hall
Community Member
3 months ago

Bless his heart~

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
3 months ago

What a wonderful picture of a man who is grieving his whole WW11 company. I just want to give him a hug!

Cybele Spanjaard
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3 months ago

Saddest photo ever

Mary Dellenbusch
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3 months ago

Heartbreaking.....

Kimberly Brown
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3 months ago

I didn’t think any Russians survived WWII

Faith Arnold
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3 months ago

You thought that Russians were all wiped out? How do you explain all the Russians there are in Russia now then? LOL

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Ann McNeil
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3 months ago

I'm crying here ....

Russian Otaku
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3 months ago

This was during the v day parade few years ago

David Jones
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3 months ago

So sad

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
3 months ago

My heart goes out to him. It is hard to be the last leaf on a tree.

Rob King
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3 months ago

he looks a bit like johnny Vegas!

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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
Community Member
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!

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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
Community Member
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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