• Kaisern Chen

Russia, uncovered!

Updated: Jun 15

Winston Churchill once said that;

"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."


I wonder he was either right or wrong, but it is the kind of idea most people have with Russia and Russians, as far as I know, until 2015.


Russia is a true wonderland which has almost 1/8 of landmass on earth, and if we discount Antartica, Russia would be about 1/6 of landmass on earth, so if Russia were to have the average share of the population on earth it would have 1.2 billion people, but instead, it has only 144.5 million.


So I assume, a country that has almost the entire north half of Eurasian continent, much of its territory is located above the 50th parallel, where subarctic and arctic weather is prevalent and with so little population in comparison to its landmass, the Russian must have a big and warm heart to live on their land! I am not wrong, thanks to my many dear Russian friends, they are indeed with a big and warm heart which makes me go back again and again.


This blog is a collection of images I took in Russia since 2015, in random order, for my love and tribute over Russia.


To begin, let me borrow what Valentina Tereshkova (the first woman to have flown in space in 1963 once said;


"If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?"


I have to say that is the real Russian attitude, woman and man.


Also, to Yury Chernyh and Oleg Ivanov, two great Russian who has so much love of their country and land and my dearest friend of the highest respect, show me the real Russia, started in Russian villages.


Just like Ernest Pool, the winner of first Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and a great journalist with his sympathetic first-hand reportage of revolutionary Russia during and immediately after the Revolution of 1905 ad Revolution of 1917, quote;


"All the real things in Russia are done in the villages."


As most of my pictures in Russia.




Epiphany rites - This man takes a dip in the icy river water of Volga to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the birth and baptism of Jesus.

Epiphany rites, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Home - Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast. April 2016

Home - Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Home, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

family room, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 7, 2019

Boys and girls, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Russian teens, Kamenniki, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

The Russian girls, St. Petersburg August 2018

School girl, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Boys and the lollipops, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

The friendly faces, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast October 2018

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow December 2016

Field class at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Russin teens, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

winter day, Rybinsk City, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Village girls, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

April day by the Volga River, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Russin teens, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

school kids, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast, February 2019

Happy is he who does not notice whether summer is now or winter.

~ Anton Chekhov



game on the frozen pond, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast, December 2019

Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

The soul is healed by being with children.

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


Winter days, Poshekhonye, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Kids play, Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

School kids, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

kids play, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Russian teens, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Mom and her baby, Sonkovo, Tver Oblast September 2017

Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Village girl, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Russian girl, Prigorodnove, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

The village girl, Kamenniki, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Nikita and Matvey, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 8, 2019

Village boy and his bicycle, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Gypsy baby crying in his father's car, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

Kazan Cathedral or Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor, St. Petersburg August 2018

Melody at home, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

“Music is more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” ~ Plato



Grisha, the chess player, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

"Chess is everything; art, science, and sport"

~ Anatoly Karpov



The man!

Yury Chernyh, Moscow December 2016

Valentina, the great hostess and the woman behind the "Man" Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Oleg & Sasha Ivanov "Fly over reality", best hosts in Russia, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast October 2018

the dinner table, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

My wife, Kanjana Chaiwatanachai, Moscow December 2016

Farmer, Kukoboyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Shopping, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

Washing up in the banya is like being born again.

~ Russian proverb



Russian Banya, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

The Holy Night on the frozen Volga River, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 18/19, 2017

Kukoboyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017




Armenian farmer in Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Getting ready... Moscow, December 2016

Krillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Volzhskaya Embankment by the Volga River, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Construction worker, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Construction worker, Kirillo Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

smoking break of a repairman, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

Village farmers, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

November days, Privolzhskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Man at work, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Chacha, a clear and strong home brew Georgian pomace brandy also called "vine vodka".


Georgian Chacha, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast May 2015

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol taken out of me.

~ Winston Churchill



Sergey, Rodionovo, Tver Oblast September 2017

village life, Iskra Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

after work, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2010

The spirit break, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

to the heroes, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

The good company, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

We lost because we told ourselves we lost.

~ Leo Tolstoy



Study - Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Metalsmith, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Sons of metalsmith, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

early winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

"My favorite journey is looking out the window."

~ Edward Gorey


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on the far end, Moscow, Russia February 2019

Construction workers, Kamennikovokiy, Yaroslavl Oblast, October 2018


“I didn't want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there's a lot of difference.”

~ Ernest Hemingway



Love in Moscow - by the bank of Moscow River, Moscow, Russia February 2019

Love in Moscow, August 2018

Love in Moscow, February 2019

Love in St. Petersburg August 2018

Love in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg August 2018

Love in Red Square, Moscow February 2019

Love in Moscow February 2019

Love in Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Rybinsk-Passazhirskij Train Station, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Moscow, Russia February 2019

My wife, Kanjana Chaiwatanachai, making footprints in Moscow December 2016

Early winter day, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Transfiguration Church, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia February 2019

In the kingdom of hope, there is no winter.

~ Russia Proverb




keep running, Moscow December 2016

Winter days, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Poshekhonye, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

fisherman on the frozen lake, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Side by side on the Volzhskaya Embankment by the Volga River, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Moscow, December 2016

Winter is cold for those who do not have warm memories.

~" An Unforgettable Romance"



Winter days, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Lake Siverskoye, Goritsa Village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Step by step, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Winter days, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

The winter scene of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Over the frozen Korovka River, Rybinksk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

You cannot visit Rybinsk and not to fall in love with the the city!


Kukoboyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Autumn days, the Volga River - Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Sunset time, Neva River, St. Petersburg August 2018

"Heavenly bodies are nests of invisible birds."

~ Dejan Stojanovic


freedom, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Moscow February 2019

Nothing in this world compares to the comfort and security of having someone just hold your hand.

~ Richelle E. Goodrich



Hand in hand, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Hand in hand, Kamenniki, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Farm works, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February, 2019

Snow and cold weather will not stop the Russian, even the small boys!


Village lives, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February, 2019

Village life, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Goritsa Village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Village life, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

The local farmers and their goats, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Swing in the October days, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Family crossing frozen Volga River, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast. January 2017

The landscape of the Russian soul corresponds with the landscape of Russia.

~ Nikolai Berdyaev


Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Fatherhood, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia February 2019

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter playground, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

December days, St. Petersburg December 2016

Solitude, Moscow February 2019

Vera, Glebovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Local girl and her Siberian Husky Yaroslavl City Park of Culture and Leisure, Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Winter days, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Winter days, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

The village people and his puppies, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

November days, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

the Patrol, Goritsa Village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Winter days, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Winter days, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

The center of the attention, Nazarovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Village farmer and his dog, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Rybinsk Yaroslavl August 2018

Moscow August 2018

Homeward, St. Petersburg August 2018

Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

A young mom and her dog, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

School girls and their dog, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Man and his dog, Rybinsk Suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Walks the puppy, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Metalsmith and his dog, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

Kirrilov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Late October, Vereteyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

The guard, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Taking leak, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Winter days, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

crossing the frozen Volga River, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

October days, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2108

Grocery shop, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Valentina, Goritsa village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Moments after the capture of the last image, we were invited into Valentina's house and served each of us hot tea. Valentina, 89, sat by the window in good spirit!


"There is more light than can be seen through a window." ~ Russian proverb