Grozny became the most destroyed city on earth during the First and Second Chechen Wars that saw heavy fighting between Chechen separatists and the Russian army. After Putin’s victory in 2000, he installed a Pro-Russian government. The millions of Kremlin-rubles made skyscrapers arise on the ashes of the ruined city. The new main street of rebuilt Grozny is now the Vladimir Putin avenue.

Oh, irony.

Two persons on the mosaic pavement surrounding Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the monument for the Portuguese Age of Discovery.

Faculty Board of Arts, 2014-2015, University of Groningen.

Luis’s mother was afraid he might become a terrorist. Peter hasn’t even told his parents yet. They’ve converted…to Islam.

Published in: Universiteitskrant Groningen (Apr 2014).

Publication in: Better Photography (March 2014).

Cossack at Euromaidan. 

"Cossacks (Ukrainian: козаки́, koza’ky; Russian: каза́ки, ka’zaki), are a group of predominantly East Slavic people who became known as members of democratic, semi-military communities, predominantly located in Ukraine and in Southern Russia. They inhabited sparsely populated areas and islands in the lower Dnieper, Don, Terek, and Ural river basins and played an important role in the historical and cultural development of both Russia and Ukraine.”

In Kiev shoppen dames op hoge hakken, terwijl vlakbij politie en demonstranten vlakbij oog in oog staan. Bizar, vond Christiaan.

Published in: Universiteitskrant Groningen (Feb 2014).

Christiaan Triebert flew to Kiev last week. He witnessed the citizen’s protests in Ukraine and met Nina, who fights for revolution.

Published in: Universiteitskrant Groningen (Feb 2014).