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These days most of the news about Russia in the Western press accentuates political tension real or imagined. Of course there are those wonderfully addictive Russian Car Crash video compilations on Youtube that shed some light on the mysteries of life in that country.

Russian photographer Ivan Hafizov has traveled all over his vast country (12 time zones!) to capture intricate woodworking art called nalichniki that adorns many of the country and village houses, what would be the equivalent of our very own Victorian gingerbread houses. Due to a stagnate economy, abandonment or damage, and complexity of wood, these ornate designs are becoming quickly endangered.

Hafizov has taken thousands of photographs to create “a virtual museum of decorated windows.” He logs his photographic treasures on Instagram.

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