• Kaisern Chen

Russia, uncovered!

Updated: 3 days ago

Winston Churchill once said that;

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


I can't say 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 think, 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

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

Russin teens, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Family day, Moscow February 2019


The man!

Yury Chernyh, Moscow December 2016

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

Farmer, Kukoboyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

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

~ Nikolai Berdyaev



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

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

Alexander, the Gypsy, Lake Nero, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl Oblast. April 2016

Armenian farmer in Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Getting ready... Moscow, December 2016

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

November days, Privolzhskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

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

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

Sunset time, Neva River, St. Petersburg August 2018

Вероника Буталина, musician on the cruise, Volga River, Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

The musician Вероника Буталина, I met back in August 2018, we stay in contact, became the hostess on my return to Yaroslavl City a year later. A lovely young Russian lady, nice and beautiful beyond the camera capable of capturing!


Вероника Буталина the lovely Veronika became my host in Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Kira Grebneva, Moscow, February 2019

Tanya Rodnaya, St. Petersburg, August 2018

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

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

Fatherhood, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia February 2019

Winter days, Tutayev, 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

The wall 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

Kukoboyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Late October, Vereteyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

The guard, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Taking leak, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

freedom, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast 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

school kids, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast, February 2019

Kids play, Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

School kids, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

kids play, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

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

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

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter playground, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

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

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

Solitude, Moscow February 2019

Vera, Glebovskoye, Yaroslavl 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

Winter days, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Winter days, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

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

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


Valentina, Goritsa village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Village life, grand-daughter, her grand-father and the family dog! Rybinsk suburb, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Village life, Rybinsk suburb, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Mom and her baby, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Mom and her baby, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

Mom and her baby, Sonkovo, Tver Oblast September 2017

village life, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

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

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

The bookkeeper, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019


"You probably think that my future landscapes will be soaked in pessimism, so to speak? Don't worry, I love nature too much."

~ Isaac Levitan


Landscape painter by the frozen Volga River, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

painters on the frozen Volga River, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

The good company, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Winter days, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Freedom on the Volga River, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Fisherman on the Volga River, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Yury, the Russian man, Privolzhskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Yury, Privolzhskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

with my wife, Kanjana Chaiwatanachai, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2017

Sometimes it is not easy to explain why took the picture, but I just did, and got some Russian words that I don't understand. Rybinsk-Passazhirskij, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast. October 2018

Moscow February 2019

Palace Square, St. Petersburg August 2018

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Village life, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

early winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

Village farmer, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Smoking break, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

What a pleasure to photograph around St. Petersburg with two great friends, and great photographers, the iconic Steve McCurry and Yury Chernyh (also the greatest host I could ever ask for), and a bit of whiskey. ~ August 2018



With the great Steve McCurry, Yury, and a bit of whiskey, St. Petersburg August 2018

Since the 11th century, Slavic people were pagan, but after Duke Vladimir Krasno Solnyshko (Red Sun) decided to become Christian, he immediately baptized the entire population, sometimes even using force. Afterwards, somehow Russian people fell in love with Orthodox Christianity and its respective rituals have become an inspiration to them.


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

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg December 2016

Memory, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Vera Chaika, my Russia nanny! Rybinsk suburb, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Maria Lebedeva, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Veronika Butalina (Вероника Буталина), Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Village life, Poshekhonye-Volodarsk, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Winter days, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

The water well, Rodionovo September 2017

Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

October days, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

winter play, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Crossing frozen Volga River, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

winter days, Myshkin Town, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Winter days, Nazarovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

St. Petersburg August 2018

In the past two hundred years, Russian people have seen changes of regimes and leaders, sometimes prefer one over another.


However, into the quiet hours after dinner, Alexander Pushkin owns their heart and soul, which has never changed.


"... there are only two things that really matter in life. Literature and love."

~ Daphne Kolotay


The Pushkin time after dinner with Anna the hostess, Sergey and Vera, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Reading, Komsomolskaya Station, Moscow October 2018

Fisherman on the Volga River, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

Farmer and his cat, Rodionovo, Tver Oblast September 2017

senior farmer, Martynovo, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia September 2017

farmer, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Winter days, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Man in front of his house, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

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

Confrontation, Kamenniki, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Sergei and the mad cat, Poshekhonye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Cats' play, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

cat walk, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Farm life, Martynovo, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

farmer, Iskra Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Vasily's memory - Vereteyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Local farmer, Bezhetsk, Tver Oblast September 2017

November days, Martynovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

August day, Prigorodnove, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

"Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women."

~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina


Roksana, a café attendent at Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

Ekaterina Tsvetkova, my Russian nanny (no kidding), Moscow December 2016

Diana Wapuna, Strawberry Cafe, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Viktoria, Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg August 2018

Nastya Kudryavtsrva, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Angelina Alekseeva, Moscow February 2019

Svetlana Kharlamova, Plyos, Ivanovo Oblast September 2017

Vikrotia, Myshkin, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Maria Lebedeva, at Krista NPO HQ Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Olga, AURA Yaroslavl Department Store, Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

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

Russian ladies by the bank of Neva River at the sunset time, St. Petersburg August 2018

Moscow December 2016

Ferry to cross the Volga River to Myshkin Town, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

The farmer, Prigorodnove, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Church of the Resurrection, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast October 2018

Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2, 2019

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

A janitor at work, Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

During afternoon service, Prechistenskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

October day, Kukoboyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Andrey, Gorelovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Farmer, Privolzhskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Village grocery shop, Martynovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Village life, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018


the ferry crossing the Volga River in early winter, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

early winter, Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

village life, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

breaking ice... Poshekhonye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 1, 2019

Yury, one of the best Russian, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2, 2019

fisherman on the frozen Lake Siverskoye, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2, 2019

fisherman on the iced Lake Siverskoye, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

You can't not to fall in love with Russia if you are a photographer!

You can't not to fall in love with Russian if you are a man!



Yury on the forzen Lake Siverskoye, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 3, 2019

early winter days, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 3, 2019

early winter evening, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2, 2019

Sergei, Goritsa Village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 2019

Holy Trinity Church and cathedral Christ Resurrection at the Goritsy Monastery of Resurrection - Goritsa Village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 4, 2019

Mother Tavifa, Holy Trinity Church and cathedral Christ Resurrection at the Goritsy Monastery of Resurrection - Goritsa Village, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast December 4, 2019

bus stop, Goritsa, Vologda Oblast December 4, 2019

Bus stops, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

Bus stops, Yaroslavl City, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

Bus stop, Glebovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 2019

Bus terminal, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2016

Bus terminal, Poshekhonye Volodarsk, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Furious and the fast, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

weekend fun, Nazarovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 7, 2019

biker on the frozen Volga River, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

The biker on the frozen Volga River, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Winter biking, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Kremenevskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Winter days, Iskra-Oktyabrya, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

November days, Vereteyskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2018

Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 7, 2019

Levoberezhnoye, Yaroslavl Oblast December 7, 2019

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

early morning at the Transfiguration Cathedral, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast December 8, 2019

Janitor at the Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl Oblast April 2017

early winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast December 8, 2019

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast February 2019

October day, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2017

Winter days, Tutayev, Yaroslavl Oblast November 2019

October days, Prozorovskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast October 2018

Sunset time, Bezhetsky, Tver Oblast September 2017

St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial, St. Petersburg May 2015

Napping, St. Petersburg August 2018

Early winter, Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast January 2017

Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

A lucky man can stumble upon a treasure while an unlucky one can't even find a mushroom.

~ Russian proverb



Rybinsk suburbs, Yaroslavl Oblast August 2018

farmer's market, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast September 2017

Fruit vendor, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast October 2018