Reviews

  • Victoria Lomasko's gritty, street-level view of the great Russian people masterfully intertwines quiet desperation with open defiance. Her drawings have an on-the-spot immediacy that I envy. She is one of the brave ones

    Joe Sacco, author of Palestine
  • Disturbing, impressive and fascinating... Lomasko has created an unusual and compelling piece of documentary art that stays with you long after you've finished studying the cartoons

    Viv Groskop, Spectator
  • A surprisingly uplifting, moving and often very funny chronicle of grassroots protest movements, political trials (including those of the activist punk band Pussy Riot, as well as those of "invisible" people), provincial sex workers and bomb-scare-ridden LGBT festivals

    Malika Browne, The Times
  • Compassionate and compulsively readable... While Lomasko is a fierce and involved critic of the self-serving powers that be, Other Russias is propelled by the idea that everyone has a story worth telling, and she tells most of them straight. Interviews hit harder for being matter-of-fact and she follows homophobes as well as activists, nationalists as well as anti-fascists. There's a wonderful immediacy to her portraits

    James Smythe, Guardian
  • Skinheads, truckers, schoolkids, drinkers... Victoria Lomasko captures everyday Russians in powerful graphic novels, documenting the side of Russian life the authorities would rather no one noticed

    Observer
  • While journalists and troublesome observers were shooed away from a Moscow polling booth, Victoria Lomasko was permitted to stay "as an amusing oddity" and sketch the scenes leading up to Putin's election in 2011. Her access to sensitive subjects is essential to Other Russias' up-close and raw depiction of Russians rendered either invisible or angry by the political situation from 2008 to 2016

    Layli Foroudi, Financial Times
  • Powerful... Though Victoria Lomasko's figures are rendered in broad, black-and-white strokes, her depictions of God-fearing old ladies, young skinheads, and striking truckers never fall into the traps of parody, contempt, or stereotype. Her focus on the daily lives of regular people offers a respite from the international fixation on Vladimir Putin -- who is, after all, only one of a hundred and forty-four million Russians

    Sophie Pinkham, New Yorker
  • An album of images and impressions of ordinary, unconnected Russian citizens who have unexpectedly found themselves activists... Victoria Lomasko is the graphic artist equivalent of the great Svetlana Alexievich, the Nobel Prize winner whose work also records and vivifies the lives of the Invisible and the Angry

    Bob Blaisdell, Russian Life
  • A comprehensive picture of some of Russia's most pressing social issues, intensified by the urgency of Lomasko's drawings. Illustrated live on the scene, as opposed to reproduced from photos, these compulsively engaging black and white drawings are vital in putting a face to the faceless, reminding us that real people, real lives are at stake here

    Calvert Journal

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