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Cosmic Communist Constructions

Author and photographer Frederic Chaubin undertook a decade-long mission to visit and document examples of grand – but often forgotten – Soviet architecture dating from the 1970s and 1980s.

"Powerful and dreamlike," the buildings defy the idea of "the post-Soviet world seen in terms of decay," he says.

Chaubin assembled his work into a book called CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (Taschen). He spoke to RFE/RL about his quest to document these architectural treasures.

(Originally published in June 2011 and updated to coincide with the book's recent reissue)

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Grant Podelco

Grant Podelco is the editor in chief of RFE/RL's English-language website. He first joined RFE/RL in Prague in 1995 as a senior correspondent after working for many years as a writer and editor for daily newspapers in New York, Oregon, and Texas. He reported from Afghanistan in November 2002 to mark the one-year anniversary of the fall of the Taliban.