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Eric Douglas was working on the Charleston Newspapers Metro Staff in the early 1990s when a friend and mentor invited him on a trip to Russia in January 1993. The other travelers were all educators who were visiting to work with one of the suburbs of Moscow. The Soviet Union had broken up a little more than a year before, and teachers there were realizing their textbooks and teaching methods were outdated and wrong.

That was the first of half a dozen trips Douglas took to Russia between 1993 and 2008, when he was able to return to rephotograph the people and places he had seen before.

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