Maria Kuvshinnikova, 91, sits in her apartment in Rybinsk, Russia. In 1941, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin began carrying out his plan to dam the nearby Volga River in order to create a reservoir. Kuvshinnikova, then in her 20s, remembers that terrible time, when her home in the nearby town of Mologa was flooded and destroyed.
The creation of the reservoir forced thousands of residents in the area to move — or their homes would have been submerged. Many of them dismantled their houses piece by piece and reassembled them in safe areas, such as Rybinsk.
Novotelnov (right) proudly served his country in the Red Army. But these days, that pride has faltered. "The country is divided into rich and poor," he says. "Money has become the most important thing. Nothing good has happened in Russia during Putin's time in office. I am his opponent."