Show hosts: Alec Luhn
Sometimes a great photo can change the course of history. One example is Associated Press photographer Alexander Zemlianichenko's photo of Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert during his 1996 reelection campaign, which was part of media coverage that convinced the Russian public that the president was healthy enough for another term and tipped the election in his favor.
The Stalker International Film Festival that took place last week in Moscow showcased films that tackle difficult themes like people with disabilities, poverty, prisons, and more, seeking to bring these topics to viewers.
As in many cities, new development often places Moscow's cultural heritage under threat. This applies not just to old buildings, but also to public spaces that have an equally historic value. The fact is, all of these places must find a new use in the modern era if they are to survive.
The development of most Soviet consumer goods can be dated to the famous kitchen debates between Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon at the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959, where free samples of Pepsi made a bigger impression than tired praise of the communist ideal.