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This Instagram account places your favourite fictional characters in real Russian settings

An incredible Instagram account is getting artists to incorporate their favourite fictional characters into the Russian landscape.

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2d Among Us features everyone from Spider Man, Disney princesses, Pokemon and Sherlock Holmes, all seamlessly merged with both famous landmarks around the country and ordinary domestic and rural scenes.

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The artists transport some of our favourite fictional characters into a hyper-real setting, often contrasting colourful animated characters with grey post-Soviet architecture and faded decor.

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As well as being an interesting reinvention of Russian scenes, it also offers an insight into some of the social problems facing the country.

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You can even take a bit of the artwork home with you as the art collective has made prints available to order, including St Petersburg’s Hermitage transposed into a Van Gogh painting.

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The account is a fascinating mix of gorgeous scenery and decaying architecture, presenting Russia in all its extremes.

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