Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Young Victims of the Soviet Regime Reimagined as Modern Hipsters

Under Stalin’s Soviet Union many Russians were taken from their families, never to be seen again. With many unanswered questions, families to this day wonder what became of their loved ones. Did they die after a day, a year or twenty? Did they live to an old age?

The database “Immortal Barracks” is a service for Russian families trying to unearth the truth. It has records of thousands of Soviet internments and executions; if there was a killing, a relocation or torture, there is a chance it is documented here. Victims have profiles with information like date of birth and burial, occupation and, where available, short life stories. All profiles have portraits.

Artist Hassan Bakhaev was inspired by these photos of “boys and girls mercilessly destroyed by the system.” He wanted to somehow bring them closer to the present. With his photo project “Victims of Repression”, their faces tell another story.

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.