Photos accompanying Episode 3

Like promised in the podcast, here are the photos which you might find useful while listening to our latest episode:

The Famous Ogre pin

First, the famous Ogre pin. It’s not brand new anymore, but it’s as authentic as it gets.

"Red Corner"

Secondly, the so-called “Red Corner”. This is a reproduction from a museum, obviously – and it’s missing an important piece – the factory newspaper, usually put on a wall nearby. Also, Lenin’s writings are nowhere to be seen – I promise, I’ll scan and upload one of my dad’s photos, when I’ll go and visit him again. (He lives on the other side of the country, so that might take a while.)

Latvian Hobbit

Latvian edition of “The Hobbit”. No comments here – I’ll just let this image complement what I said about it in the show.

Orthtodox cathedral in Riga


The Nativity of Christ cathedral in Riga. The current cathedral was build later than I mention in the show, Peter built the previous cathedral in the same spot – and it was burnt down during the Napoleonic wars. This one was build during the reign of Alexander II. Also, a neat cafe, called “in God’s ear” during the soviet era.

Lenin's monument in Riga


Lenin’s monument in Riga. Pointing straight at the local “for tourists” high-quality liquor shop. Courtesy of the Latvia’s Russian photo archive.

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5 Comments on Photos accompanying Episode 3

  1. Love your podcasts. Was lucky to find it while rummaging through some history podcast group on facebook, and yeah, – Look forward to hearing how this develops 🙂

  2. Hi Balrog hater, Love the blog and really looking forward to seeing how this develops over time. I have been looking for something like this for ages and this hit the spot. Ive been fascinated with Baltic, Russian, and Soviet history and culture since I was a child and listening to you has shown me that I have only cracked the surface of the Soviet period. So much of what I thought I knew comes from “official” sources and appears to be only partially true if that. The writings of Solzhenitsyn opened my eyes and this is prying them open even more.

    I know it may be difficult identifying English language books that speak to some of the things you are talking about coming from a Latvian perspective but *if* that is possible it would be very helpful to us in the US who are trying to learn as much as possible about Soviet and current Russian history.

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