Online Trove of Photos Documenting 150 Years of Russian History

I had to implement the Google translate option in order to read the captions.   A few of my favorites to give you a sampling:


(Yuri Gagarin and Che Guevara, 1964;


(Leo Tolstoy and his daughter, 1902;


(Vladimir Lenin visiting Maxim Gorky in Capri, 1908;


(Ballerina Tamara Karsavina, circa 1910-1914;


(February Revolution, when soldiers and sailors sided with the rebels, 1917;


(Emperor Nicholas II in exile, 1918;


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6 thoughts on “Online Trove of Photos Documenting 150 Years of Russian History”

  1. Good Moening, Natylie. Out of this photo string, I think I like “(February Revolution, when soldiers and sailors sided with the rebels, 1917;” the best. What a wonderful moment that must have been. What a wonderful resurgence of solidarity of The People with their military. If it happened once, it sure can happen again. All that The People have to do is remember that the soldiers and other guardians are of and from them and all the “Guardians” have to do is remember their roots in The People.

  2. Poor ol’ Nicholas. There he was, learning to be more like his People and then was killed. In my opinion, this was a big mistake. He had potential to become a Great Participant and Contributor to the New Soviet Union. His Family too.

    But then again, there is much I don’t know about his nature.

    1. I was studying the Revolutionary period in Russia (both the 1905 and 1917 revolutions) earlier this year and Nicholas II was a pretty bad leader: insulated, entitled, disengaged, indecisive and out of touch. There were a couple of people around him that could see how bad things were and tried to persuade him to implement reforms to quell the discontent, but he didn’t listen and any moves he did eventually make in this direction were “too little, too late.”

      After reading about the conditions that the peasants and workers were living in as well as the Bloody Sunday massacre by Nicholas’ forces, I can’t blame the Russian people for wanting him dislodged. I certainly don’t think his family should have been massacred. Exile or imprisonment should have sufficed. But, of course, the Bolsheviks rationalized that as long as he or any of his family members survived they could get a following and make a bid to overturn the revolution and return to power.

      If you’re interested in Nicholas II and the revolutionary period, I would recommend “Black Night, White Snow” by Harrison Salisbury. Salisbury has his own leanings but it’s a very readable and informative book.

    2. “He had potential to become a Great Participant and Contributor to the New Soviet Union.”

      No, he wasn’t. At the best case scenario he’d become a mediocre photographer. At the worst – a crow and pigeon esterminating machine.

      Really, this gushing over dead royals must stop. The caption is obviously wrong. That’s not a an “emperor” Nocholas II in exile. That’s citizen Nicolai Romanov. One of the many. Nothingh special here. Get over him.

  3. That first photo of Yuri Gagarin and Che Guevara, is a good one too. Were they Friends?

    1. I’m not sure if they were friends. I’m pretty sure that this was a trip that included Castro and they were meeting certain important people when they were received in the Soviet Union on their visit.

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