War and Instagram in Ukraine

For the last few years, enthusiasts have documented Ukraine’s Soviet buildings online. Since February, they’ve been bombed and shelled. What happens next?

Sporto Rumai, sport center, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1971. Photo by Frédéric Chaubin

Ten years ago, the French photographer Frédéric Chaubin published a glossy, mass-market coffee table book on late Soviet architecture, with a fake Cyrillic pun for a title — CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed. With its epic depictions of strange architectural objects, monumental artworks, and epic interiors, it sold well. But what happened next is more interesting. […]

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