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

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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


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  • Andrey

    Different people, different perspectives. It can be fun:

  • jinx

    Lived in Russia for four months at the start of the Chechen war. This brings back memories – it didn't look much different to this back then. Mostly good memories, though – the people there rock, and know how to have a good time. It isn't about having stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.carlson.96 Alan Carlson

    Yea all you 99%ers are right the US sucks, that looks so much better,

  • https://www.facebook.com/illiniloyalty John Knolhoff

    I love you America!

  • Samster

    Come on guys… I'm Russian and I live in Russia. Although it is a giant bottomless shithole it doesn't always look like that. These are photographs of the darkest and spookiest villages and other distant corners of the country. Urban Russia is far not that creepy.

  • Virility Ex Scam

    Generally I do not learn post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very great article.

  • TonyM

    #5 If thats a girls room then that table would be like the conference table over the 38th parallel.

  • Av10

    Russians just suck!! .

    • szymon

      yo mama!

  • aaa

    damn. joke

  • Ben

    now go to other parts of Russia like Moscow and see how people live there an what they drive, this is just northern part whole bunch of bs that's it gives a horrible view of Russia

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  • this guy

    The ads are gettig so fucking bad on here you cant go through the pages because ads are blocking the fucking buttons… Bye chive!

  • Eastern Promises

    I know what you were trying to do. However, I have been to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Both beautiful cites with a rich history. It's only fair you show some of that. Russia is an awesome country with hot chicks!

  • Monte

    It's easy to criticize and make fun of other countries poverty. We need to look in our back yard and realize that some people in this country (USA) are not better off. Perhaps people in our country dont have "hideous wallpaper" but we do have lead paint. Appreciate what you have and help out when you can inside or outside your country. We are all controlled by corrupt governments.

    I bet it was a great experience to meet and get to know less fortunate people. Great job!!!

  • ivabigun

    It is not "The Brady Bunch". So what? If Russian people like these had not stopped the Nazi fascist dogs, by themselves, all you fancy mo fos would be goose stepping to your slave jobs if you were lucky enough to have survived. The photographer asked for sanctuary and received it. As the Russian economy keeps expanding as it is now, you cute talking chumps will be changing places with these poor people.
    Russia is now ascendant. Unlike the west. It is only a matter of time till the west sinks into the manure pile it has created.
    The Russian government owns the biggest natural gas extraction company in the world. So guess who benefits from this.. not a few rich aholes.
    Take a look at the CIA world factbook. country comparison: :current account balance. (Yes , that CIA) It's easy , just Google it.
    Number 5 from the top, Russia…$90,510,000,000 in the bank. Not in debt.
    So not bad for a nation with 23,000,000 dead in World War II.
    You think the people in these photos had bad bathroom decor? I know people who lived in London after WW II in similar circumstances…my family.

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