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Three hundred and thirty miles northeast of Moscow is the rural settlement of Povalikhino. Its 242-strong population is a significant increase from 215 a decade prior, which, in turn, is a tumble from two years before when it had 248. What happened, you ask? Who knows — cars with dashcams driving past in 2008 were busy getting a taste of the lowrider lifestyle in a pothole.

Like a toy village, Povalikhino is speckled with modest, colorful, wooden buildings. It’s also not unlike a toy village in that there isn’t a Wikipedia page for it in English. …


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