In the Russian section of BBC News, the photographer Yulia Vishnevetskaya publishes a photoblog with the theme "The Photoalphabet - a humourous attempt at codifying the world using pictures".
The acompanying texts are usually not very illuminating (I guess she is, after all, a photographer and not a writer), and I wish she would include place and date more often, but nevertheless her "Photoalphabet" is quite interesting.
The letter Г ("G") stands for Гастарбайтер, migrant workers. Vishnevetskaya visited some Tajik migrant workers building Moscow highrises.
Playing backgammon in their free hours ...
The workers sleep in their barracks in shifts - while one shift is up working, the other is sleeping in the same bunks.
She notes that they are very friendly folks.
They were friendly, she writes, "not only with me, but also with each other - it's surprising how many of them hold hands, and they don't consider it to be anything improper at all".
Hmm, if Vishnevetskaya has travelled as much as she obviously has, why is she wondering about a thing like this? Holding hands among males without being sexually attracted to each other is very common in many different cultures. Or maybe she is only anticipating a likely Russian reaction to such exotic customs ...?
See more photos in the original post.