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In 2022, Russia became a dictatorship at war. The invasion of Ukraine triggered the exodus of hundreds of intellectuals and artists from Russia. They publicly condemned the war and their voices are of critical importance.
A new generation of Russian exiles is scattered across Europe and the post-Soviet republics, hoping to come home soon.
The project is a series of portraits of Russian émigrés surrounded by the personal objects they took from home.

Sergey Ponomarev is one of today's finest young Russian photojournalists. Best known for his photojournalism works depicting Russian daily life and culture as well as news images from wars and conflicts in Middle East including Syria, Gaza, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya.
Sergey has won many international and domestic photography awards. Most recently, he won Puylitzer prize for reporting on Refugee Crisis in Europe, first place prize, in the General News category at World Press Photo contest for European Refugee crisis, was finalist at the Pulitzer prize in 2015.
From 2003 till 2012 Sergey was staff photographer at The Associated Press - the essential global news network. Now he is freelance. Born in Moscow, Ponomarev graduated Moscow State University and Academy of Labor and Social Relations.

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