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Laika, the first Doggonaut Gone 60 Years Ago

On November 3 1957, a street dog named Laika became the first Earthling to orbit our planet. 

The Soviet Union had launched many good dogs into outer space before, but Laika became a “global sensation” because she was the first to enter low Earth orbit. 

As The New Yorker wrote iits remembrance of the hero, the Soviet Union space program chose Laika because the mutt fit all the Soviet’s doggonaut requirements at the time, she was scrappy enough to survive the rough streets of Moscow but colourful enough that she photographed well.

The program also chose females because they were thought to be less temperamental than male dogs, and because it was more difficult to design suits that accommodated male canine genitalia.

Laika was bound into a crude spacesuit and loaded into Sputnik 2 a month after the spacecraft’s predecessor became the first satellite launched into low Earth orbit. Ever a lover of dog puns, the United States press gave her the nickname Muttnick.

Many American animal lovers were horrified by the fate that awaited Laika. A few years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote of Laika in his memoir:“By a strange and compassionate turn, public opinion seemed to resent the sending of a dog to certain death—resentment that the Soviet propagandists tried to assuage, after it’s death, by announcing that it had been comfortable to the end.”

It seems unlikely that the dog was comfortable in her final moments.
At the time the Soviet Government assured the concerned public that Laika was euthanized before death. But in 2002, one of Sputnik 2’s scientists revealed that Laika died from overheating a few hours into the journey.

Laika’s trainer, Adilya Kotovskaya, a Russian biologist, recently told Agence France-Presse of her remorse as she prepared to send Laika into space: “I asked her to forgive us and I even cried as I stroked her for the last time.”

I hope that Laika enjoyed her brief moment soaring through the heavens before she perished. After the casket made 2,570 orbits, she fell to the earth, a blaze of light above the Caribbean… Too good to return to this cruel world. 

But Laika was NEVER FORGOTTEN and she remains present today:

A little curly dog embraced by endless space
An echo of her life floating like a dream
Forever lost in the Sputnik Space Machine

On behalf of Laika and all the innocent experimental animals, I only have 3 words to say:


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From Russia With Surrealism

Andrey Tyurin is an 18 year-old Russian artist who has an unparalleled talent combining two of his passions: photography and photoshop, to create fantastic and surreal art. 

Andrey is known for his “darkflawless” profile on Instagram, and seem to have a promising way to success ahead.

I love the unconventional, I love his sombre creativity and the darkness behind his pretty face. His work deserves more attention, and I deserve another Russian man! 

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Pro-ISIS Group Threaten 2018 World Cup

Wafa Media Foundation, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group, have released a poster threatening to bring terror to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia that features an image of Barcelona and Argentina star LIONEL MESSI crying blood.

The 2018 World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia from June 14 to July 15, when the final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Now, I guess those terrorist jerks haven’t realised that football (soccer) is the sport king and this is one way to unite the whole world against them.

Also, Russians do not prat around with these people like the West.

Do a Russian down, and you will come second! So, well done bastards.

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Russian Church Leader: BEARDS Protect From GAYNESS

The Moscow Times reports:

A religious leader for Russia’s Old Believers has called on Russian men to stop shaving to “protect themselves from homosexuality.” Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC), said that men with beards were less likely “corrupted” by same-sex relationships.

“God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No man can resist his creator” Kornily told Russia’s National News Service. “It’s made a monstrous thing to see men’s clothing and hairstyles changing.” Metropolitan Kornily also lamented that the beard’s special status had “completely disappeared from the Catholic West.”

This is the ignorant dumb shit that makes me upset about religions.


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I watched this documentary few days ago and the very title of this documentary explains just what you are in for.

For the first time international camera crews have been allowed inside three of Russia’s toughest, strictest and harshest prisons, as well as the rigid and disciplined regime the prisoners endure.

This is basically a review of three very tough prisons in Russia which have over the years housed millions of inmates. 

To escape is literally IMPOSSIBLE! 

This short documentary also takes brief interviews of men who have committed a lot of wrong.

Frankly, I believe prisoners on this side of the world are very lucky they’re not in Russia, you actually pay for your crimes over there.

Great documentary!! Clip here.

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“Vandalizing” Dirty Cars With Stunning Art

Where one person sees a dirty car, the other one sees a blank canvas. And if you live in Moscow, your car can also become the “target,” doesn’t matter if you want it or not.

It’s thanks to the Russian illustrator Nikita Golubev, who brings out the full artistic potential of dirty cars by turning them into amazing pieces of art.

Before he started this ongoing project, Nikita also did plenty of painting, drawing and digital art, which you can see on his Facebook page. But this project has to take the crown simply because of how fragile and temporary these amazing drawings are.

So the next time somebody mocks your dirty car, just explain to them that you’re simply supporting the local street artists of mother Russia! 

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When I was younger, Chagall was the inspiration behind my first paintings. His colourful art fascinated me and last night I finally went to see his biggest Canadian exposition ever. 

The exposition opened last January and I wanted to go with Xavier badly, sadly, it didn’t happened that way.

Chagall: Colour and Music includes 400 works of art, mostly from two recent exhibitions in France; around 100 works came from private collectors.

Chagall is known for his colour-saturated paintings of loving couples floating above the village square in his hometown of Vitebsk (now part of Belarus), accompanied by goats and violinists.

Chagall became somewhat repetitive and saccharine in his later paintings, which were also influenced by surrealism, but there is none of that in this magnificent exhibition. The show also includes costumes and sets he designed for a Yiddish theatre in Russia in 1920, and stained-glass windows created for the Metz Cathedral in France.

There are also prints, a book of drawings, sculptures from the 1950s in bronze, stone and plaster, and a projection of the paintings he made for the ceiling of the Paris Opera.

Everything on display is colourful yet restrained., but epic nonetheless. 

I loved this expo, one of the most memorable by far.

In short, I had a great time. Until the next one! 

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