How ‘red’ is Russia still and how have the satellite states developed since the fall of the world power in 1991? Looking for traces, in 2008 Nick Hannes travelled through Russia and the former Soviet countries. Contrast is what he saw. Extreme wealth versus abject poverty. Golden statues of politicians in decaying cities. The scars of an eventful past are visible in every image, just like the unyielding vitality of the Russian themselves. Back to the USSR in 2009.