Every year Moscow is moving further away from the rest of Russia. I travel over Russia, I talk to people, I shoot how they live and I see the increasing difference between Moscow and Russia: in people’s income, in the tempo of life, in the characters, in the ways of survival. The regions suffer from a shortage of funding as the most of the taxes are transferred to the center.
People are separating themselves more and more from Moscow and from the state. One person told me: “We are out of the official statistics. We get a pension below the subsistence level, but we have gardens for food, mushrooms, hunting and fishing, and we are trying to earn without formal employment. That’s why Moscow doesn’t know about us. The state is there, in Moscow, and we are here, we survive somehow.”
Moreover, the rich Moscow is aggressively meddling in the local people’s lives, starting with cottages on the most delicious sites and ending with the expansion of Moscow developers with the cutting down of parks, demolition of historical buildings, etc.
But I do not want to oppose Moscow and the rest of Russia in my photos, as well as there is no aim to show only the negative side. Fortunately, there are many good things. I just want to show the life outside the capital today.