Simon Shuster

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Ukraine, Lugansk City.
Photo Essay

Strong Arm of the State: Alexander Chekmenev’s Post-Independence Ukraine Passport Photos

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine had to go through the process of issuing new passports to all of its citizens, roughly 50 million of them. As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, many of those citizens were shut-ins, elderly and bedridden, and in order to take their passport pictures someone had to go around making house calls with a camera.

Sochi Russia January 15  2014 A patient during his mineral bath at the Matsesta Sanatorium in Sochi.  Starting in the late 1930s, Matsesta was at the center of Josef Stalin's drive to turn Sochi into the premier resort city of the Soviet Union. Workers from across the USSR were given yearly leaves, paid for by the government, to rest in Sochi's sanatoria and recuperate from their year of toiling in Soviet factories and mines. After the fall of communism, however, Matsesta was privatized and found it hard to compete with resorts in foreign countries like Turkey and Egypt, which were suddenly open to Russian visitors in the early 1990s. The dilapidated sanatorium now survives on the trickle of tourists still nostalgic for the sulphur baths and hot springs they remember from their Soviet holidays.
Photo Essay

Weird, Wonderful Sochi: Inside Russia’s Own Palm Beach

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev takes us inside the weird, wonderful world of Sochi, which was known in Soviet times as Russia's version of Palm Beach.

Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
Photo Essay

Pussy Riot’s Next Act: Exclusive Photos of Life After Prison

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev hung out with members of Pussy Riot, photographing their busy first days of freedom.

Dmitry Kostyukov for TIME
Photo Essay

What Tsarnaev Saw: Dagestan by Dmitry Kostyukov

After the FBI announced that two brothers from southern Russia had bombed the Boston Marathon, the world's attention quickly turned to where these brothers had come from — a lush strip of highlands called Dagestan. Photographer Dmitry Kostyukov reports from the Russian republic.

Image: Grief, Kerch, Crimea, January 1942
Out There

World War II Through Soviet Jewish Eyes

A young American historian named David Shneer spent the better part of a decade tracking down photographs of Soviet Jewish photographers for a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Davide Monteleone—VII
Out There

Red Thistle: The Rhythm of Life in the Caucasus

In his latest book, 'Red Thistle,' photographer Davide Monteleone documents the rhythm of life in the Caucasus.

Yuri Kozyrev–NOOR for TIME
Photo Essay

The Wrestlers of Chechnya: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

The dusty Russian town of Khasav-Yurt, which the locals like to call the Wrestlers' Mecca, boasts the greatest concentration of wrestling champions in the world. Photographer Yuri Kozyrev documented the young athletes at their school in the North Caucasus.

Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
Photo Essay

The Syrian Arms Race: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev's look inside the Russian weapons bazaar that is powering Syria's regime.

Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
Photo Essay

On the Trail with Putin: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev follows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on his bid for a third presidential term.


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