Sergey Maximishin

St Petersburg, Russia

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On the outskirts of Kharkiv, a drab industrial city in eastern Ukraine, a vast wooden box spilling out of a three-storey brick building houses The Institute, a life-size film set that is a perfect replica of an imaginary 1950s Soviet community.

Before the fall of the communist government in Mongolia in 1990 the population of Ulan Bator (or Ulaanbaatar as it is now known) was around 200,000.

Five years after the Orange Revolution promised to transform Ukraine, excitement has given way to fatigue.

50 years after Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev’s now famous ‘secret speech’ denouncing the crimes of Josef Stalin, an official museum dedicated to the Soviet dictator opened its doors in Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, in 2006.