Images taken during my participation in the U.S./Russia Peer to Peer Project, a government funded exchange program in Southern Russia that took us to the regions of Stavropol and the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia.
Group exercises inside a soviet-era gym, which now serves as a community center in the city of Stavropol. All ages are encouraged to participate, and that day the oldest woman was recognized for fighting in the Russian resistance during World War II. 

On a street in Stavropol two men play a game of Nard, a popular Russian board game that is similar to Backgammon.

Inside a renovated Soviet factory, which now acts as a multipurpose art studio and creative space.

Herders on the road from Stavropol to the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, a semi autonomous region in the South of Russia.

Wild horses grazing in the Caucasus Mountains, near the border of Georgia and Russia.

A farmer stands in front of the house he built in the village of Arhyz.

A Karachay boy on horseback. The Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia is located in southern Russian, and composed of people from the Karachay and Circassian ethnicities.   

Inside a family run store in the Caucasus Mountains. Family is extremely important in Karachay culture, which has developed in relative isolation for hundreds of years.
Images from Red Square in Moscow, my last stop before leaving Russia.