Russia needs to face up to anti-Black racism
As @youngmasha’s recent experience speaking out about racism on TikTok proves, violent discrimination against Afro-Russians is rife.
Yulia Tsvetkova’s trial is a showdown for freedom of expression in Russia
The 27-year-old artist is facing six years in prison for distributing “pornographic material” online. We speak to members of the country’s feminist and LGBTQ+ creative communities about why what happens next is a watershed moment for Russia’s youth.
Watch ODOR's horny, Chatroulette-inspired fashion film
The Russian brand present their AW20 collection using the infamous online platform and models in varying states of dress (and undress).
NSFW photographs of the youth challenging Russia’s sexual status quo
Nick Gavrilov and Generation Z’s Project X shows how sex has become an act of protest against the country’s stern morality codes.
Julie Poly’s kitsch photos capture life onboard the Ukrainian Railways
In 'Ukrzaliznytsia', the train conductor turned photographer recreates the elaborate tales she’s heard and seen play out on the railways in Ukraine.
Meet the artists driving Russia’s new wave of queer music
From dreamy 80s-inspired pop to sweaty basement raves, the country’s LGBT+ music and nightlife scene is changing how the world looks at Russian youth.
Vlad Zorin takes sun-soaked nude portraits of his boyfriend
Ludovic de Saint Sernin's friend and photographer has travelled the world capturing intimate photos of his muse.
Bogdan Shirokov captures a softer side of Moscow's youth
The Russian photographer's portraits challenge Russian male stereotypes and celebrate their more emotional side.
The Russian artist designing masks to reflect her moods
From her home in Moscow, Anastasia Pilepchuk makes facial ornaments with big Frida Kahlo-meets-Björk energy.
@russian.queer.revolution is the LGBTQI+ art platform you need to know
Anastasiia Fedorova’s new Instagram project is a bridge between Russia’s queer underground and the global community.
linus leonardsson's debut collection is inspired by forest raves
The Swedish designer tells i-D about his influences and the significance of showing his vibrant, gender-fluid collection at MBFW Russia.
pussy riot just released a dark environmental protest song
Complete with an open letter to Putin.