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Photographer Documents Soviet Bus Stops and is Accused of Spying

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Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig has spent twelve years photographing bus stops in the former republics of the USSR. It all started in 2002, when he challenged himself to take one good picture every hour on a long distance bike ride from London to St. St. Petersburg; 30,000km and 13 countries later, Herwig published “Soviet Bus Stops.”

But the project was not without its difficulties:

“Despite my efforts not to arouse suspicion I was, on several occasions, accused of being a spy and only narrowly avoided getting caught up in something rather awkward,” Herwig writes on Kickstarter. “In Abkhazia my driver accused me of being a Georgian agent and photographing sensitive material. He demanded a bribe, otherwise, it would be ‘straight to the militizia and a firing squad.’”

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