The Soviet era seems like the bleakest and most depressing time to live in Russia, but the country has been through so many bleak times it's hard to keep track of them all.
However, the sunny days that came after the Soviet era seem to be sticking around, and there was a noticeable shift in the mood of the people after the Soviet Union was dissolved.
Photographer Sergey Chilikov was there to document the color returning to the cold, sterile country as the Iron Curtain fell, but even before the fall he'd spent decades shooting amazing pics which capture the spirit of the Russian people.
A founding member of the creative group Fact, Sergey shot candid images considered subversive by the Soviet regime, mostly because his subjects are often showing some skin.
Sergey's images show us that even during the dark and oppressive Brezhnev era the Russian people knew how to have a good time, enjoying each other's company as a way to shake off the Soviet blues.
See The Giddy Freedom Of Post-Soviet Life Through The Lens Of Sergey Chilikov here (Contains NSFW imagery)
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