Category Archives: Soviet History & Architecture

11 Soviet Circus Buildings for USSR Architecture Lovers

Dnipro Circus soviet building in Ukraine

One of the most interesting pieces of architecture that I’ve come across in my travels are Soviet circus buildings. This post rounds up some of the circuses of the Soviet Union that I have visited throughout the years with a little bit of background on each. Foreword:  I don’t like circuses.  In fact, I can […]

11 Insightful Books About the Soviet Union Worth Reading

11 Insightful Books About the Soviet Union Worth Reading

There are many great books about the Soviet Union worth reading if you’re into history and keen to learn more. This is a guide to eleven detailed and informative USSR books that we think will give you a better understanding of the Soviet Union.  Many are accounts and contain a lot of insight while the […]

5 Detailed Books on Chernobyl to Read Before Visiting the Exclusion Zone

5 Detailed Books on Chernobyl to Read Before Visiting the Exclusion Zone

There are many great books on Chernobyl worth reading if you’re interested in learning more about the Chernobyl disaster.  The following books about Chernobyl are ones we recommend reading before you visit the Exclusion Zone.   Books on Chernobyl to Read Before Exploring the Exclusion Zone Tourism to Chernobyl has exploded in the last year thanks […]

6 Must-Have Soviet Architecture Books for Your Coffee Table

6 Soviet Architecture Books for Your Coffee Table

If you come and hang out at my apartment, you will be quick to realize that I have a coffee table full of Soviet architecture books and a bookshelf filled with other types of reads that pertain to the same era.  These are my favorite books about Soviet architecture that you can order for yourself […]

How to Take a Nuclear Missile Base Tour from Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine Nuclear Missile Base Tour from Kyiv-13

There are many amazing day trips from Kyiv that one can embark on and every trip offers something for various types of travelers.  If you’re into USSR history and the history of Ukraine, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this nuclear missile base tour from Kyiv.  This is a guide that details how […]

Ukraine Uncovered: The Kharkiv Metro System

The Metro Systems of the Soviet Union were elaborate and a source of pride for the now exanimate nation.  Coming from a nation whose public transportation networks are so undeniably terrible, I am always impressed with Soviet metro systems as they are fast, efficient, inexpensive, and have competently served numerous cities for decades.  The Kharkiv […]