Dutch photographer travels across Russia spending the night in stranger’s homes (27 Photos)

Dutch photographer Bieke Depoorter hopped on the Trans-Siberian railway with an idea. She would stop only at the small stations in remote towns, walk up to a random home and hand them a note that read, “I look for a place to spend one night at, I have no money for a hotel and I want to know how Russians live”.

Bieke took photos of her journey to attempt to tell the story of how an average Russians live their lives...

Photos by Bieke Depoorter


  • MOAR

    I'd drink a sh!t load of vodka too.

  • AAA

    I bet you're regretting staying with #19

    • OMG noooo

      Dat ass

    • Stick

      Why? She must be an awesome cook.

  • deleted8871497

    #4 Why leave this house?

    • AAA

      Cause they look under 18….

      • Guest

        The age of consent in Russia is 16 (and lower in many other countries)

        • LolSauce

          Very nice!! (Borat Voice Here)

        • TommyKnockers

          They look 12..so eww… but on the other hand at least they don't have a dozen people sleeping on the floor aaand they have a trampoline.

    • asd

      Because he is not a pedhophile?

      • The Cock


      • Charter896

        So it's OK to be gay, but not to like someone under 18?

    • CanadaEH7

      ummm how about the fact that the photographer is also a woman…. but i think the main point was brought up by ASD…. those girls look 10 at best……… just weird KCDO……

      • https://www.facebook.com/wes.jones.104 Wes Jones

        Keep Calm Drive On.

    • mick0311

      To go to prison?

    • chivepolice

      get your minds out of the gutter, chivers. JFC. No need to leave because there's a trampoline AND a hoola-hoop.

      • northerner

        Agreed. And they're precious little girls making do with what they have. Incredible. As was said below, makes me appreciate what we have. We're amazingly blessed even if we complain otherwise. It's been said for some time that if we have a roof over our heads, some food to eat, a car in the driveway and a TV, we have more than 90% of the world's population. Incredible, indeed.

    • Scottydoesn'tknow!

      Wow, you know you can delete a comment and not your profile right? Then again it might be best to hide for a while.

    • gtfo

      This is the type of crowd thechive has now ,desperate nerds and pedophiles.

    • aaa


  • RastaJohnson

    wow. Really makes me appreciate where I live.

    • freddy boy

      Very wise, Rasta. I'm with you.

    • szymon

      yeah, I bet you do. I just wonder how many people in your perfect country would host a stranger, just like that. Russians are not the wealthiest, but for sure one of the most decent, unlike your corrupted and degenerated " 'merica".

      • RastaJohnson

        I live in Canada and i'm sure that more people than not would be happy to do to so. I know I would…you self righteous bastard.

      • LolSauce

        Amen Rasta. Go fuck urself szymon or whatever ur name is. Have you actually been to the country you are knocking?

        • szymon

          If you mean US, the answear is no. If you mean Russia, it's yes. And to be honest, I apology for generalising… I know from my friends, that many people in US or Canada are very welcoming and good. Sorry for offending them. Still I think that most of you, are really ignorant, if you belive, that what was shown in those photos is "avarage". Also good name of US suffers from dumb fucks like mr LolSauce.

          • Ethix

            Anyone who looks at that and thinks "average" is an idiot. I'm a US citizen and I know what you're saying, but you did come on a bit strong. Think before you hit post.

            • Simon

              Bear in mind that posting in a second language is always much harder to pitch the level. Go give it a try – have a go at retorting in Russian.

      • luke

        i'd let that photographer in, feed her, let her have clean clothes, a hot shower, a meal for the road and some dollars to get her to the next house; but i'd tell you to fuck off with a 12 gauge and mean it.

        that's 'merica'

        • szymon

          I'm absolutely sure you would.

  • beef


  • SpacemanSpiff

    These are cool, bet it takes a lot of time to gain their trust

    #3 #23

    Lente ui aan?

    • wdh

      Alot of people failed to realize that the photographer is a she. Had it been a dude, i reckon he would've gotten murdered quick.

      • Levian

        Agreed, there's no way this would have happened if the photographer was a guy.either way this seems like a really cool idea

    • http://www.facebook.com/pieter.breughel.5 Pieter Breughel

      Lente-ui aan? Wat betekend dat?

      • SpacemanSpiff

        Blijf rustig en lente-ui aan (of door lente-uien)

    • Lyra

      Nee nee, niet Lente ui, maar bieslook!

      So: blijf kalm, bieslook verder 😉

  • passwordistaco

    Russia must mean "land of hideous wallpaper"

    • thatgirldownsouth

      That's all I could think about when looking at these!

    • Simon

      In my mind, the wallpaper really doesn't matter.

  • NIXem

    good to know that country looks like the city dump, inside and out

  • rikooprate

    "Great story. Compelling, and rich."

    • Blah

      Ace man rules

  • Pwnapotamus

    #1 Little tykes with their cute little fingers. I can't even be mad, flip me off little buddy!

  • rikooprate

    #19 Too much vodka comrade?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.coverdale.3 Shannon Coverdale

    #12 WTF

    • oliverklosov

      Yeah WTF?

    • passwordistaco


    • EMG

      No running water. I showered the same way in Helmand

    • northerner

      SERIOUSLY?! REALLY?! Gives me chills just thinking about it. Geez, we're blessed. Guess Colonel Klink wasn't kidding about fearing being sent to the "Russian Front"!

    • Rita

      rinsing yourself with cold water and running into warm house after is good for our health

  • Yeahitsme

    I'd fuck a fat, ugly American to get out of that shit hole too.

    • CallMe

      Call Me.
      (568) 363 7422
      -Ugly Fat American

      • LolSauce

        LOL! Perfect. How many calls did you get?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tobylee.latham Toby Latham

    Not one drop of vodka was spilled while the pictures were taken.

  • oliverklosov

    Communism and Socialism don't work, this will be the U.S. after 4 more years of Obama.

    • Verbal_Kint

      What do you mean? The state has provided them everything they need. Right? Right?


    • ispeakrussianpoorly

      Any "ism" can fail… and any can succeed. This is not Communism or Socialism. It's not 4 years of slightly more liberal capitalism in America. It's 40 years of insanity and paranoia. It's a world away in a completely different political, industrial, and economical climate than what we have here.

      It's like comparing apples to oranges… while eating lemons and looking at some watermelons in the next field.

      • ladderzombie

        Exactly. Actually, apart from a short time maybe, Russia has never been a communist country. It was just a dicatorship. Since 1991, Russia lives in a kind of anarchy, where a few people with money, luck and connections made it to the top. The rest lives just like we see it in these pictures.

      • AtlantaBurning

        Excellent retort. "while eating lemons and looking at watermelons in the next field" indeed!

        • bsitz

          Keep voting Republican and watch the gap between the rich and the poor continue to grow. THEN we will see this in America.

          • me!


            • bsitz

              Great retort….

    • http://twitter.com/McBeastie666 @McBeastie666

      what a crock of shit, oliver.

    • bsitz

      You obviously have no idea what socialism or communism is.

    • northerner

      Actually, after about the last 30 years of borrow, borrow, borrow by both houses of Congress and several like-minded Presidents regardless of a "D" or an "R" after their names, we are headed that direction when the debt bubble that has expanded throughout Europe AND the US goes "POP", we're screwed. The GDP contraction that is unavoidable will be catastrophic. Still want to see Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pounding rocks in orange jumpsuits and leg chains…thieving bitch/bastard. Wretches. Our great-grandkids will be paying for this mess long after we're gone.

    • corbin

      The pictures were taken in small towns throughout Russia along the old Trans-Siberian railway. Go along the American Bible belt, the small coal mining towns or even a city like Detroit. You will see the same images.

    • chch

      u know as much about politics as my dog does.

      • Simon

        I'd start teaching your dog if I were you. They're falling way behind.

  • Larry

    Proud to be 'Merican!!

    • Larry

      Where at least I know I'm fat!

  • BigPup

    #1 Just found the next CHIVE intern!

  • https://www.facebook.com/jasper.verolme Jasper Verolme

    If I'm not mistaking I think She's Belgian.

    • 5pixels

      she is indeed

    • SpacemanSpiff

      Those Flems need to pick a side

  • http://twitter.com/RndmThtz @RndmThtz

    Maybe if your first reaction wasn't to be a pervert, you would have read the paragraph where it said the photographer was a "she".

    • BigPup

      My bad, didn't catch that will delete…

  • IrishInNJ

    I wonder how many insanely hot chicks are forever stranded in that place…lost to a life of homemade vodka and sodium saturated packaged food…The Chive needs to send a rescue mission.

    • szymon

      yeah, go ahead. But I'm afraid that averege Russian would seem to you as the baddest motherfucker, so you'd probably get pwned.

      • LolSauce

        ur a fucking idiot

      • Ethix

        You're giving Russia a bad name dude.

        • szymon

          I'm not russian, I'm polish. But I guarantee, that most of male in eastern europe, are real bad-asses… Which is kind of silly. That's why I love czech and slovakian- great slavic culture, without macho-like shit, domination and violence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tobylee.latham Toby Latham

    "she" may very well be!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.larter Brian Larter

    the land of the worlds ugliest wall paper…

    • bazz

      The land of the most beautiful girls.

  • JKMcD

    #7 – to quote Chuck Berry, "I'm so glad to be livin' in the USA".

    • ScottyDoesn'tKnow!

      Is that before or after he was arrested for having hidden camera's in a ladies bathroom? Funny you chose that pic.

    • gonzo

      i live in chile, and even though you may think this is thirworld (south america) is way better than that
      glad to be here too

      • szymon

        than check what third world means 😉 And I guarantee, that is not the average- saying that you go east from Moscow, to some little towns on route of Transiberian railway, and look for "average" of Russia, is total pleonasm. It just doesn't make sense.

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  • Matt

    None of them look like the chicas from the mail order bride posts…

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