It was reported on Wednesday by The Moscow Times that Russia has confirmed 10,028 new COVID-19 infections, bringing that country’s official number of cases to 242,271, making Russia the country with the world’s second-highest number of coronavirus infections. The good old USA is Number One with so much winning.
Five coronavirus patients died in a fire in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city on Tuesday, when ventilators caught fire and three Covid-positive Russian doctors mysteriously fell from windows.
President Vladimir Putin eased Russia’s ”non-working” period even as Moscow emerges as the world’s new Covid-19 hotspot. All citizens are required to wear masks and gloves. Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s version of Kayleigh McEnany, has been hospitalized with the virus, according to the state-run news agency.
If you had been itching for a trip to Russia, you might want to just enjoy a little nostalgia from Russia in the time of Stalin. The Art Dept. suggests these vintage Russian Intourist posters commissioned in the 1930s by Joseph Stalin. Intourist was the official travel ministry of the USSR, responsible for reflecting a touristic version of Russia during the time. The posters present a modern, cosmopolitan Russia in opposition to the western world telling of communist oppressiveness.
The posters were produced for the English and German tourism consumers of the time. Promoting Soviet Russia as ”The New Travel Land” these wonderful works were designed to convey another side of the world’s largest, but enigmatic country. One poster touts The Trans Siberian Express promoting Russia as the gateway to the Far East for Europeans. With a length of 5,772 miles from Moscow to Vladivostok, it is the longest railway line in the world.
So, no need to get your visa now! Stay at home!
Frances Bergen, Matt Dennis and Rosemary Clooney performing Let’s Get Away From It All (1957)