Pripyat, Chernobyl.

Pripyat, Chernobyl.

Soviet agitprop poster. issued in 1961 to commemorate the flight of Yuri Gagarin. The text in the upper left-hand corner states: "For Soviet Science--Glory!" The lower right-hand corner says "Glory to the Soviet People--and the First Cosmonaut!"

Soviet agitprop poster. issued in 1961 to commemorate the flight of Yuri Gagarin. The text in the upper left-hand corner states: "For Soviet Science--Glory!" The lower right-hand corner says "Glory to the Soviet People--and the First Cosmonaut!"

"The Palace of Soviets would have been the world’s tallest structure at 100 meters high and crowned with a brightly lit hammer and sickle as a monument to Lenin on the site of the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Savior, if only the Nazis hadn’t invaded in 1941, putting a stop to construction. Its steel frame was disassembled for use in fortifications and bridges, and its foundations served as the world’s largest open-air swimming pool for a while before 1995 when the whole thing was…

"The Palace of Soviets would have been the world’s tallest structure at 100 meters high and crowned with a brightly lit hammer and sickle as a monument to Lenin on the site of the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Savior, if only the Nazis hadn’t invaded in 1941, putting a stop to construction. Its steel frame was disassembled for use in fortifications and bridges, and its foundations served as the world’s largest open-air swimming pool for a while before 1995 when the whole thing was…

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