The Team

Team photo of Joel wearing his military tactical vest
Meet Joel

Joel – I’ve been working and traveling throughout the former USSR for a number of years. Before becoming the regional manager at Soviet Wastelands, I was a security advisor, fixer and guide specializing in high risk and hostile environments around the world. But I’m a Soviet history lover at heart, so when the opportunity appeared to create and lead tours to the far-flung relics of the fallen Soviet Empire, I jumped at the chance and many years later, I haven’t looked back!

I love all things Soviet, but my biggest passion is taking people into the four post-Soviet rebel republics of Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh. They are by definition bizarre, steeped in dark and fascinating history and completely off the beaten track. My other favorite part of the job is location scouting trips hunting down relics across former Soviet states and meeting like-minded people from across the world, guiding them through the old USSR and breaking stereotypes about the region. I look forward to creating your next unforgettable trip across the former Soviet Union or Yugoslavia!

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