This is another post on Soviet thematics. You can see a previous for example here.
Now, the collection of photos from the 80s, the period of time when the Soviet Union was near to collapse. The famous “Perestroika” or “Rebuilding” started in 1986 or so.
It has been said that it’s always darkest before the dawn, see yourself if this is true for these photos.
These photos are from a collection that is targeted on the pre-Democratic period of Soviet Union, taken from different public sources like magazines, newspapers and internet, from both sides – from Soviet and Western.
A soldier and a telephone booth.
Some Soviet music band…
Red Square, in the middle of Moscow near the Kremlin, and a Military parade is taking place on it.
This is a shroe of Black Sea in the summer. Soviet people could not visit other countries on their vacations so they all had come each year to the Black Sea.
“Glory to a Working Class” is written on those three houses
The Communist party assembly.
Soviet village life.
Some military general.
Fixing LADA 2101
In Soviet shops there were no variety of things. In every shop only 2-3 things were sold – for example only 2 or 3 types of the Soviet women handbag was sold in every shop across all the country! No Gucci or Armani or any non-luxury Chineese stuff – only 2 or 3 types of any merchandise, produced on Soviet factories. So almost all the people had the same things, the same cloths, same furniture. There was no variety at all!
Also all the Western books were censored.
Russian prisons said to be the most awful place on Earth.
This is typical countryside interrior in Russia, even nowadays.
Again military parade, now in St. Petersburg.
If the person was in prison he got some tatoos. Usually only people who were in prison got a tatoo, and every tatoo had some special meaning, so if he went to prison or to police the experts could easily identify types of crimes he commited and years in prison he spent just looking on one’s tatoos.
The subway stations in Russian cities were like palaces. These pillars had a crystal windows and light inside so they were magically glowing.
There are almost no people on the station – that’s because people were not allowed to wander during the daytime, everybody had to work, if somebody was wandering he could be arrested.
Here you can see what I wrote above. All the shops in Russia were limited to 2-3 types of merchandise, all over the country, in every city or a small village same things were sold, produced on a few Russian state owned plants.
There was a cult of bread in Russia. Every Russian schoolboy knew that this is a special machine to harvest grain, and all the students were taught not to waste even small piece of bread.
Army in Russia is compulsory, and many people say that army often is as bad as prison. People are often tortured there.
The USA was a real threat and menace to Soviet Union, so every few weeks there were training alarms when people had to show their ability to hide fast and to use things like these gas masks.
Another military parade, they were very popular in Soviet Russia.
And again a Parade.
In late 80s skateboards were allowed for Russian kids. Only 2 types of skateboards were produced, so every kid who had a skateboard had one of those two types.
This shot is again from Russian prison.
Many people think that they are happy they live after the Soviet Union collapse, but some older ones are nostalgic and dream about old Soviet Times.