Ading this to background reading and as an illustration to the Russian Misery Travel (c) and Winter is the Soul fo Russia (c) concept: evencolderthanbefore.wordpress.com. Both words and pictures convey the spirit of travelling in the post-Soviet space.
A series of photos of Far North towns and villages, with a slant towards industry, decay, anthropology, and winter. By Ilya Boyanovsky. Texts are very much worth reading even though they are all in Russian.
Author’s profile in English: www.couchsurfing.org/people/ilya.buyanovsky/