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78 More pictures of USSR. Part 3

More pictures of USSR. Part 3

Posted on August 9, 2007 by


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The third and the final part of the “USSR in the 70s” series, submitted by our visitor Firsak.

If you live in Russia you can submit too via our forum or feedback form.

See also:
USSR in the 70-s, part 1
USSR in the 70-s, part 2

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78 Responses to “More pictures of USSR. Part 3”

  1. joris says:

    First!

  2. sashok says:

    Second!

  3. Peterm says:

    Third!

  4. Manja says:

    Fourth!

  5. Ali says:

    c-c-c-combo breaker

  6. Amerikan says:

    That beach photo is pure propaganda. You’ll find that little people only on the Barents sea. Multiply the density by 10x and you have a realistic Black sea resort. You can barely walk across it without stepping on peoples’ faces.

    • sashok says:

      well if ur reffering to beaches being crowded in the summer – you’re so right! you’re so smart and i wonder why other people here didn’t point that out! i had no idea people come to the beach in hot weather…. amazing facts.

  7. ДМБ-89 says:

    Russia is propaganda. There is no Russia and never was.

  8. humanoid says:

    How many Soviet citizens really lived like this? What percentage?

    • void0 says:

      Like what?

      • humanoid says:

        Like in the photographs- with nice clothes, nice houses, nice jobs, nice vacations, cars, etc.

        • firsak says:

          Around 95%.

          • Bill downunder says:

            These photos certainly look like those in my wife’s family albums during her growing up years in the 70s and 80s. Yes, she said some basic items were’nt always available, but they could generally get all they needed, and they had a good home, a car, and good clothing.

            My wife enjoyed all her years in USSR, Ukraine and Russia and we sometimes talk about going back.

          • xaniel says:

            This is how we lived. We lived happy, secure, moderate life and we had moral ideals and non-materialistic goals. I live in the US for many years by now, and the degradation and immorality I see around, not to mention the other things that come with wild capitalism, like homelessness, etc are the horrors, really.

          • sobot2 says:

            except cars :)

  9. Amadeus says:

    Why are there no old people?
    Not only do Russians not smile, do they not have old people? Or have old people only come in style since the fall of the Soviet Union? Whats going on?

    • D says:

      Yeah, after the collapse, all you see are old people now. But then again….this was the 70’s, the baby boom generation, so there was naturally more young poeple.

      And these I think are propoganda photos… press shots for the world to see what russian life looks like.

    • oldperson says:

      Old people are usually killed for their apartments. Sometimes immigrants from southern republics also cook shashlik from them.

    • vladimir says:

      A lot of males died in WWII… but today men lives on average 56!! not even 60!!
      Go to Western Europe and you will see millions of very old people… please think for a moment about that…

  10. D says:

    Don’t forget Vietnam….. wait…..this sounds a lot like whats going on in America today. Hmmmm.

    • vladimir says:

      Don’t forget Ethiopia, Cuba, Angola, AFGHANISTAN, etc…

      Blind as usual…

      Damm!! Don’t forget Inghusetia, North Osetia, Abjazia, Estonia, Georgia, Chechnya, DISSIDENTS (Litvinenko, Politovskaya…)

      Ok, in terror, as usual, you win…

  11. Washington says:

    So all russians are automatically immune from AIDS and have never heard or used LSD?

    • Harry says:

      You know, glue is cheaper, faster and better! :P

      By the way, during the seventies (the golden age of the Soviet Union), there was a stric control about drugs, and the insidence, quite small. But also, there was social and sexual education in schools (as far as i know).

      P.S.: AIDS epidemic started in the 80´ when it was first faced (discovered) in the USA.

    • DugB says:

      LSD? The stories I’ve heard make it seem like more were drinking brake fluid secretly drained from Russian trucks…that is until they went blind.

      There were likely a good number of happy people…and a bunch who also really had it hard. What seem way more depressing to me are the images of Russia today…kids playgrounds falling to pieces, broken infrastructure, etc.

      I love how people gang up on Yeltsin. Sure, blame someone else for your miserable life and non-existent future…it’s a lot easier than getting off your duff and doing something about it…legally, that is.

    • xaniel says:

      ps: The whole fuss about the dog reminds me of something one Russian TV anchor had told. He survived the Siege of Leningrad, and yeah, cats were on the menu there (that while they lasted). So, he used to catch them with fishooks and line. When British heard the story at some conference there was much usual pansy fuss. I want to see the same pple starve and what they say. I lol hard at PETA types–they wouldn’t last 2 days if they had to survive in nature, cause they’d quickly become dog or catfood.

  12. Starshii says:

    Soviet formula-1! That´s something new!

  13. maxD says:

    Actually Russia has now one of the biggest AIDS problems in the western world. This is of course not in the newspapers.

    And Russians in general do not smile a lot in public. Recently a graduate from Moscow University wrote a paper about this subject. Very brief : in W-Europe, when someone smiles to someone else on the street, it means, I mean no harm, I’m friendly and that how it’s interpreted. In Russia it is interpreted as : he’s pulling my leg, he’s making fun of me. In men/women interaction it has a strong sexual meaning, a lot more than in the west.

  14. d_money says:

    well, I never lived under communism either. but I do know that Jews were persecuted big time under tsarist russia. Jews weren’t allowed to practice their religion, either. Stalin killed his share of them, too.

    where do you see people carrying flags as part of their every day routine. If you are referring to the first picture, which is obviously a rally, then you’re missing something there, big time.

    How is this any better or worse than what any given country, in any part of the world, puts on their website. Hell we get ads all the time here in America for places like Jamaica, Mexico, etc. They don’t show the poverty, etc. that they have. All of a sudden when the USSR or a Socialist country people like you say “OMG it’s propoganda”. every country does it, it’s called public relations.

  15. sashok says:

    I was a pioneer in the communist USSR, and frankly it wasnt all that bad. I got some scars from that time from falling and fighting, we skipped school, hated our teachers, tried to get together with girls, and i actually believed in Russia, and i had a good life, so I don’t know what all the propaganda is all about, it was a good time… “communism” didnt affect me all that much, no evil people. life’s life

    • Harry says:

      Agree (from the west) :)

    • TeratoMarty says:

      Arrgh! The Young Pioneers! I had almost forgotten the trauma and humiliation of those damn hats. Thank you so very much, Englishrussia, for re-opening a festering wound.

    • vladimir says:

      Because you were only a small and careless child…

    • DugB says:

      What the Russian society of that time didn’t have was people who DIDN’T believe in the country…they were all in jail or dead. It’s those kind of people who strive to make a place better. That’s why you ended up with this festering pile of garbage that’s modern day Russia. Because everyone was fine with how things were…that you all trusted the state and believed in it. When in reality Communism, which sounds great in books, is only trading one group of thugs for another. If it was so great why didn they have to build walls, and have such strong borders, to keep you IN??

      • Harris says:

        I could say the same thing about the USA, why are you keeping illegal immigrants out if you have such a free country? why is there a fence on the US-Mexican boarder? Answer up Yankee Spick Jew!!!

  16. TeratoMarty says:

    I like picture #18. It’s as if they’re saying, to the West and to themselves, “Look, we have television also! And modern furniture!” However, the illusion is somewhat damaged when you realise that 1. the television is not on, 2. there is no reflection in the glass, and 3. it is in fact a false television painted on a piece of wood.

    For those of you who complain that this site is relentless Russia-bashing, I really do not think that is the case. There is no hatred, just interesting pictures and gentle self-deprecating humour from a collapsed empire. Observe http://www.lileks.com for an American analogue.

  17. Boris says:

    How come so many of these photos are in color?-the photos I have are almost all b/w, even from 1992.
    Probably a lot of them were used for propaganda?

  18. guadalupe hidalgo says:

    all of those pictures look like anything from the united states. is that strange?

  19. Preevet says:

    Picture #5 – The Soviet Red Army hockey team.
    Probably the greatest hockey team ever.
    They almost beat us Canucks back in 72, and we threw the very best of our best at them.
    For Canadians over 45, many of them are household names – Vladislav Tretiak, Alexander Yakushev, Alexader Maltsin, plus Anacin, Kuznutsov, etc. I remember these names still 35 years later.

  20. Wizard of Odz says:

    Amazing how you know so much about the politics and governance of an era you were born after! Wow, I bet the Jews are responsible for the death of your parakeet, too…

  21. vladimir says:

    Typical antisemite Slav propaganda.

    Please, be more original the next time.

  22. the attentive one says:

    notice how 2 guys are staring at a naked female statute on pic 31 (from top)/pic 19 (from bottom). they were right when they said that there was no sex in ussr!

    • Petya says:

      I’m pretty sure that the “no sex in the USSR” issue was discussed many times, but I’m going to explain it one more time anyway. In the Soviet Union, the word “sex” (not a Russian word obviously) meant “pornography”. What that woman meant, when she said this historical phrase on the Donahue-Pozner show, “There’s no pornography in the USSR”. And she was right. Making or distributing porngography was a crime.

  23. lbytesxk says:

    Sure, you and everyone else willing to sell their souls to the system. Party members, high ranking military officers, politburo members, people who didn’t think twice about reporting their fellow citizen’s suspicious activities to the KGB had everything. They had cars, nice apartment and luxuries. I’m not Russian but I grew up in country behind the Iron Curtain, I know how it worked. In the early 80’s we lived in the capital of that country which I don’t wish to name. Every morning on my way to the school I walked by a house that everyone simply called the “Russian building”.
    In that house lived a few high ranking Soviet Army officers with their family. Everyday on my way to school I saw 2 or 3 black Chaika’s with the driver out front (who was obviously a Russian army private) waiting for their passenger. I didn’t really started questioning their presence in my country until I was 13 or so, but the answer wasn’t there. We were occupied by the Soviet Army until the day their empire collapsed. So excuse me if I hate everything the Russian Empire ever stood for.
    Although I must stress that I have no hate towards the Russian people

  24. I am interested in the photographs. Although, things are drab, I notice how clean things are in the old Soviet Union. Also, there is a sense of order you don’t find in the USA.

  25. John says:

    Nice photographs, although I never had the pleasure of aa visit to the USSR, I have been to Russia and I have spoken to a lot of people who were born and lived in the USSR, very few of them prefer the life they have now so I can only guess that communism worked better than capitalism in Russia at least.
    People say that communism in the USSR was a dictatorship yet the people were able to overthrow the communist government.
    I have never heard of such a success of changing the government in a so called “free” democratic country, maybe all these “free world” citizens should think about that next time they wish to hate a country for not having the same form of government they use.
    My personal thought is that the people of the USSR wanted change and the they got it, be careful what you wish for.

  26. lorenew says:

    Again, I had, for many years, seriously considered visiting Russia. Apparently I was under the impression that Russia was “just a few years behind” the western world. It may be, economically, but psychologically it’s lost. Lost in the “Soviet” mindset. I have appreciated these blog entries and they have opened my mind considerably. There is no way on God’s green earth would I go there now. Too many people lost in a time warp. Too many people who can’t see their way out…

  27. Mike says:

    It’s very easy to say it was better in early days than now. Of course you think the Soviet Empire was the best when you was totaly unaware of the world outside. If you got any news from the West it was never unedited or reported by independet journalists. Always it had to pass the cencour in the newsagencies controlled by the Communist Party to not give “information that could damage your mind” or to not let you have slightest chance to re-think if the socialistic empire is a paradise on Earth or not. Not only news from foreign countries thus your own country must pass the cencour. To keep people inside a country with force and not let them say och think the free word can only end with a huge collapse sooner or later. And that’s what happened. Blame the jews, blame Gorbatjov, blame Jeltsin. The fault aren’t theirs that the SSSR collapsed. People had enough together with economical collaps. The idea of communism is great but it has been treated in a catastrophic way where a small group of people could make huge bennefits.

    • Harris says:

      yeah censored news, like its not at all like that in the wonderful usa exept our censors are the conglomerats that own the media companies, the subsidiary military contractor, and the lobbyist paying off your congressman.

      and im pretty sure the collapse was from regans “out spend them” tactic, and what else are you gunna do when the neighbor across the street has 12000 bazookas pointed at your front door at all times????

      and as for communism only benifiting a few…what happend to the american dream where anybody can own a business, a house, have kids and be wealthy, and not have to depend on the government for a bail out like it was some sort of, oh i dont know, communist welfare office…..just food for thought

  28. diesel says:

    yeah censored news, like its not at all like that in the wonderful usa exept our censors are the conglomerats that own the media companies, the subsidiary military contractor, and the lobbyist paying off your congressman.

    and im pretty sure the collapse was from regans “out spend them” tactic, and what else are you gunna do when the neighbor across the street has 12000 bazookas pointed at your front door at all times????

    and as for communism only benifiting a few…what happend to the american dream where anybody can own a business, a house, have kids and be wealthy, and not have to depend on the government for a bail out like it was some sort of, oh i dont know, communist welfare office…..just food for thought

  29. viktoria says:

    there were good times and bad. i remember going to a park near my house, and thinking i’m so lucky to be born in the soviet union, that no other child in the world was as lucky as me. i look back at the pictures and see the derelict, unsafe playground and shudder at just the thought of my son playing in such a place. say what you want.. it sucked. even if it didn’t seem so at the time, it still sucked.

  30. xaniel says:

    These pictures look like taken straight out of my family album. I saw nothing but happiness and uplifted spirit in my family photos and these are my memories of growing up in the US

    As to AIDS: ps: The whole fuss about the dog reminds me of something one Russian TV anchor had told. He survived the Siege of Leningrad, and yeah, cats were on the menu there (that while they lasted). So, he used to catch them with fishooks and line. When British heard the story at some conference there was much usual pansy fuss. I want to see the same pple starve and what they say. I lol hard at PETA types–they wouldn’t last 2 days if they had to survive in nature, cause they’d quickly become dog or catfood.

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  32. Mark says:

    After living in and visiting this country on occasions and seeing life beyond the ritz of Moscow I can only say that the shock and dismay is one of utter disbelief. I ask myself how a country that has such wealth can allow its people to be persecuted and live below poverty. The average salary of a medical Dr is $150 a month, that’s right $150 not $1500 or $15000 just a measly $150. However consumables are no cheaper in price to that of which we pay in Easter Europe.

    That asks a question, where does all the money go, a country so rich in minerals and holding one of the worlds largest oil reserves. Well the answer is that it goes to drive corruption. Russia is the most corrupt country in the world today. Fat arrogant billion Aires such as Roman Abramovich take the money from the poor. They take the bread from the mouths of millions of starving people that survive and I mean survive. If you are an average Russian in need of medical care you can forget it, you will be left to rot literally and lie in your excrement in a pre war hospital bed unless you pay up to ensure that the Dr’s and nurses take care of you and give you attention. Is that the way it should be, well in Western Europe we would not stand for that kind of life, we would protest and humanitarians would come to our aid. Not in Russia, protest and if you are lucky you may end up in Jail for the rest of your life or even murdered.

    Russians as a whole are scared, a proportion wish for the rich life so much that we enjoy in the rest of the world that they kill the parents off just to make a claim to a property or some belongings. The place stinks and those of us that go and stay in the expensive hotels, boost local industry and believe that we are helping are only helping the rich get richer. I beg you to go and see real life, away from the razzle and dazzle and see what Russia really is.

    In nature a beautiful country, in minerals rich and healthy but for the rest worst than a third world country allowing its people to suffer and die the most painful and horrible deaths.

    Why do we put up with it?? Well most western governments plead ignorance or wish for a share of the natural resources, that is why.

    Please please help the real Russian people and stop trading with a dictorial state that drives the highest global corruption. Help the people!!!

    • Harris says:

      yeah censored news, like its not at all like that in the wonderful usa exept our censors are the conglomerats that own the media companies, the subsidiary military contractor, and the lobbyist paying off your congressman.

      and im pretty sure the collapse was from regans “out spend them” tactic, and what else are you gunna do when the neighbor across the street has 12000 bazookas pointed at your front door at all times????

      and as for communism only benifiting a few…what happend to the american dream where anybody can own a business, a house, have kids and be wealthy, and not have to depend on the government for a bail out like it was some sort of, oh i dont know, communist welfare office

  33. H.K says:

    Thank you Mark.
    That’s what I keep on telling to the Western world – stop feeding the monster. Russian corruption can’t survive a day without Western banking system; that’s where all the money stolen from ordinary Russians end up – on private accounts abroad.

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  35. Dmitry says:

    I lived in USSR and the pictures showing here are true representation of life I remember under socialism in the 80s! You americans must have forgotten about your invasion in our civil war. Your country and Britain supported the white army reactionaries and invaded our soviet fatherland before its first birthday. You have the blood of 10 million soviet peoples on your hands! Then after we smashed your pro-tsarist and capitalistic armies, we soviets rebuilt our country, industrialised and made weapons to win ww2 after the Germans invaded and murdered 25 million of our beloved soviet peoples. In ww2 the west said red army will be defeated in 2 weeks which became 2 months which became 4 years, and WHEN the glorious Krasnaya Armiya (it sound better in russian, haha) raised our beautiful scarlet flag over Reichstag, Hitler was shooting himself in his bunker. What a tremendous victory for working peoples and peasants!! This is a big debt that the west owes not only soviet peoples, but partizans from greece, yugoslavya and all other communist fighters who shed blood and fought bravely for a decent world fit for all peoples to live equally with no racism, sexism or intolerance. Please understand this.

    Dmitry.

    Sorry my english not so good.

  36. Dmitry says:

    Houses is usual, standart. In cities is many other good houses. But in kolcholz (country) all houses is bad, yes. But all city houses on foto – for usual people it is true, i live in usual 16-level block house in suburb of Moscow.

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