Chechen heart

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Central axis of Grozny is Putin Avenue which gradually turns into Akhmad-Hadji Kadyrov Avenue. This symbolic transition marked by a barely noticeable turn, thereby main sights of the city - a high-rise complex "Grozny City" and a huge mosque "Heart of Chechnya" - look like as valid architectural dominants. So Putin Avenue visually goes out between skyscrapers, and the mosque took the place of the crown of Akhmad-Hadji Kadyrov Avenue. I don't know this effect is the result of of urban planning policy or this is random, I can only guess. But the street view with the 62-meter minarets makes a strong impression on the tourists who come to Grozny.

The night before Christmas

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Residents of Krasnodar Territory have been waiting for this snowfall from December. It started when we drove down the highway to my godmother. At low speeds, but with headlights, we drove through a blizzard like Matthew McConaughey traveling through the galaxy in last November. It would be exciting, but there were a lot of broken spaceships and cargo shuttles into a ditches of road. No doubt, snow in Kuban was a highly anticipated, but as usual we are not ready for it.

Urban benches in the snow