Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Tiny Transdniester is a landlocked Eastern European region that few have ever heard of. This thin sliver of land offers travelers a fascinating chance to go back in time and peek at a small piece of the former Soviet Union. It's a place where communist-era monuments still take center stage — and where little has changed since the days of the USSR. Read More


Fame, Fortune & Film: LenFilm Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Fame, Fortune & Film: LenFilm Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

A walk through St. Petersburg’s LenFilm Museum is a walk through the history of Russian film, with sets, props, costumes and sketches from its most famous films. The staff of MIR’s St. Petersburg affiliated office recently made a field trip to the museum and shared photos with us. Read More


Hidden Treasures: Savitsky Museum of “Forbidden Art”

Hidden Treasures: Savitsky Museum of “Forbidden Art”

Hidden in plain sight in a Central Asian desert, once-banned Soviet paintings of a time gone by are treasured and preserved at the Savitsky Museum in remote Nukus, Uzbekistan. The story of how they got here is the stuff of movies – literally. Read More