Moscow Diary

I first arrived in Moscow 2003 winter. I stay in the city for 15 days. My all idea was to photograph daily life, people of the new generation in the streets. After this trip, I decided to go back to Moscow to see more ground level street life and city people. Then in 2004 summer for 2 months. After all those years of communist regime, sufferings, brotherhood and given one of the history’s biggest ideological war against almost all the rest of the capitalist world I found a very tired nation on the streets of the big capital. A change was still a big wave on the culture and people. Old generation trying to keep what they saved economically after perestroika; elder almost just has their beliefs left to the idea of communism, old times nostalgia on their empty poor hands (the monthly pension of an old retired worker is around 10-15 dollars). Young people fighting to get a job in some international companies, that’s almost only way to survive in this strong city or only way to set a life somewhere else around the world. Most popular University Departments are political sciences, economy, and mathematics. Recently foreign languages such as Chinese took importance, because of the foreign policy of Russia. A big city is the witness of many other aspects of social injustice every day. Unemployed young rates getting higher for the last ten years. Banks are giving small amounts of credits to new investors to build a whole new company. But money has to be paid back in a year. So none of the small investors can not take that risk for a year. That’s one of the reasons that foreign investment needed. However all those matters look a little chaotic but on the other hand, there is still a fact of the intellectual spirit of communism.