A spy's eye view of Russia: Never-seen-before pictures

An American historian has unearthed never-seen-before pictures of Stalin-era Russia which were taken by an Army Major.

Martin Manhoff’s collection has been described as a ‘unique visual archive’ of life in the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

He was deported for spying in 1954, and hid the photographs in his closet in Washington State.

Until today, they remained untouched, but American historian Douglas Smith has now released the stash of the pictures taken from behind the Iron Curtain.

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A child walks through a run-down street in Moscow near the Moskva river. The formerly rundown road is a now a middle-class commuter area with a Holiday Inn.  This picture is one of a number of extraordinary photographs taken by a US diplomat stationed in the city in the 1950s

Women are pictured crossing the street in front of a butchers shop in…

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