77 Looking Back At USSR

Looking Back At USSR

Posted on May 5, 2010 by team

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Another selection of pictures from USSR. Some of them were the tools of various state advocacy, others were amateur ones.

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77 Responses to “Looking Back At USSR”

  1. miss india says:

    ewww russia

  2. Bau-Bau says:

    First ;) Superb Post

    • Sonia says:

      HAHHAHAHA, look at those “vending machines”, just look at them- everyone drinking from the same dirty glass, that has to be on a chain so noone steals it.

      How can people live like that?

  3. Sarkawi says:

    2nd :-) Superb Post

  4. briedis says:

    amazing pics.

  5. henk says:

    nice feel-good pictures.
    I wonder if the world would change if we’d see them more often in the media.

  6. Unknown says:

    Lol, Yuri Gagarin playing pool :D

    Anybody know what are the naked children watching with those glasses?

  7. Original Kirov says:

    collapse of USSR was a tragedy for all Soviets.

    Except the Baltic scum, but who cares about them anyway.

    • too much vodka says:

      No, the Soviet Union was a disaster for all Soviets except for the communist scum, but who cares for them anyway

    • 123 says:

      the more western thinking your neighbors are the more you tend to hate them. gooossh im jealous for finns they got rid of you russian scums once and for all in ww2.

    • rob says:

      not sure about Caucases, but in Central Asian ex-Soviet “-stans” they would tell you that since 1920 till 1979 their longevity under Soviets rised from 44 years to 69 years while in neighbouring independent Afganistan (which had equal economic starting conditions and social organisation of society in 1920) longevity was 44 years in 1920, the same 44 yeras in 1979 and the same 44 now…So, it is up to you to decide wether Soviet Union was good or bad for Central Asia…

  8. Maraudon says:

    I like the one with the fat geezer.

  9. jaaks says:

    These pictures make my hair stand on end. These people are only smiling because they have never experienced anything better than the dreadfulness that was the Soviet Union.

    I feel sorry for people who crave for the Soviet Union as they have not achieved anything better over the last 20 years.

    • JZ says:

      And what better there is? Technology? Accommodations? Service?
      Back then there were other cherished values, like true friendship, humanity, helping other when in need… I was raised with those values. But what we have today? You can be sold, killed, doublecrossed even by your fammily for money or property. What I mean is now everyone are after material things, but it doesn’t make anyone happy…

      • jaaks says:

        How about freedom?

        True friendship, humanity, helping other when in need etc are just as cherished as they were 20 years ago and everything else is unimaginably better.

        Materialism is caused by idiocy not capitalism.

        • jaaks says:

          PS. I am not talking about Russia.

          • kater says:

            what kind of moral values are you talking about? the kind that was preached by the communist party & govt? remember, in soviet russia then and now (cause things havent’ really changed much) ordinary citizens can be easily destroyed by the state. remember what the great terror was about? remember the times of famine? remember how many ppl died by NKWD, in gulags, by corrupt cops? pics are fine, all is cool, but the reality was and is much different! DO NOT try to rewrite history your own way!

            • kater says:

              of course i’m talking to JZ (below my post)

            • Afan says:

              souds like “billions of killed by Stalin himself”…
              Seriously – it’s not funny.
              Yes – some corruption was. And Yes – some of people was in gulag.
              But WHO was theese people?
              Some of them amnesty was announced, remeber? And THEY really more corrupted than many others on this day.
              I live here. And I see it on my own eyes.

              And only question what I want to ask to USA is:
              what we deserve to get away with such contempt? Why?
              We were your allies. We dreamed of going to your country, visit your culture. We were ready to work for you, without trying to change something in your country.
              But all we get in return – hate. The absurd perception of the nation. Neglect of the nation. The dream of their destruction and disappearance from the face of the earth.
              There is a such thing in Russia – “not Christian”.
              So what now you trying to do with us, blaming all evils – is not Christian. Not for human beings.

              Sorry for some bad english …

            • rob says:

              great terror and famine, kater, was in Stalin times in 1930-s – this thread is about 1960-70-80-s, so, please, don’t bs. here…or should we talk about genociding of first nations in North America in 19 century and slavery while speaking about United States?

        • JZ says:

          Freedom is not always a good thing, sometimes restrictions should be made, but it’s still for the better good. Soviet union wasn’t perfect but at lest it had solid system of moral values.
          Anyway everyone have their points of view on this subject so it’s normal to argue but lets end it at that.

    • mike says:

      Get real. They were better off than Russians had ever been before, and better off than 75% of the world’s population.

  10. bijdehans says:

    I just wish life could be is simple as portrayed in many of those sublime images. I would swap capitalism with anything nicer and friendlier any day…

  11. Boritz says:

    The photo of the chalkboard with equations made my head hurt.

  12. CONNIE says:

    What is the 14th picture with the children standing around the light about? Wonderfull pictures!

    • Cracker says:

      I have seen that photo before in a magazine – they are receiving artificial sunlight because they live in Siberia and there is no sun during the winter. Vitamin D

    • Katya says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s quartz lamp treatment, it was a common way of virus infections prophylaxis (like flu). Many families had a medical quartz lamp at home, but it was also used in places like kindergartens or clinics. Patients were required to wear special lightproof shades when being under the light (because it can destroy eye retina).

  13. Chaim says:

    beautiful photos. I love this site.

  14. Jose says:

    Seriously? Who says you can have an opinion on something when the only thing that you know is what America said during the cold war?

    I would give up capitalism to live in the soviet Union again.

  15. Mario says:

    Oh, young Raimonds Pauls!!?

  16. nisrio says:

    The best thing i have seen so far regarding these russain pictures, is the lack of negros. Must be nice!

  17. JZ says:

    My comment was deleted? Lol, so much for the freedom of speech…

  18. Dirka says:

    Some are reposts but very nice anyway!

  19. bababooey says:

    Anyone know what’s going in the picture with the kids standing around a light semi-naked?

    • Responser says:

      Looks like a UV Lightbulb, acting like a community tanning device, only that it is uncontrolled. They had goggles on, though, so they shouldn’t have been damaged much by it.
      I wonder how that kind of treatment turned out for them…

    • sabot says:

      As someone mentioned before, in Siberia children were sometimes exposed to artificial sunlight so that they could produce sufficient Vitamin D. One needs Vitamin D to properly absorb calcium from food.

  20. nakki says:

    Some of those pictures are simply amazing. Great stuff!

  21. perristalsis says:

    The answer for jpg #87 is 3, I’m surprised he couldn’t figure that out in his head like I did.

  22. Full says:

    amazing post…pity there pictures are without author.

  23. Required says:

    Russian women even back then was beautiful.

  24. alou says:

    Some of these were before.

  25. JAVY says:

    Awesome pics!

  26. mukmika says:

    Some great pictures. The one with the little girl sneaking a peek over the man’s shoulder as he reads his book which rests on the briefcase, and the two elderly ladies in deep conversation beside him, is almost priceless.

  27. H. W. McDaniel says:

    Ah, that we could just be united by the joy in the faces of the children. We all bleed red when cut, feel pain when hurt, die in the end. Why fight when we could live such wonderful lives?

  28. SSSR says:

    Wow,the Sovietski days.Kirov,how would Russia be today if it was still the CCCP and 90% percent of the west was not in the country like it is today?

  29. My Name Is Nobody says:

    The first picture tells all.

  30. Ari The Finn says:

    Excellent set of photos. There where a number of brilliantly executed portraits!

  31. Erik says:

    Really good and interesting pictures!

  32. Jasper Saini says:

    Very nice pictures. I know Russia and CIS counties are still lively and very colorful. I wish to share many such photos, after my next travel to Russia :). Great post

  33. Josie says:

    I think I’ve seen most of these pictures before. It might have been on this site, or maybe I’m wrong and it was on a completely different one. Anyway, I really enjoyed this post. I just hope all the people were smiling because they were happy, not because they were told to do so.

  34. hiwayhank says:

    What a beautiful people……I’ve always felt close to your country and it hurts when I read your negative comments about mine…..The only reason ‘we’ have authorities over ‘us’ is because of the ways we UNTHINKINGLY treat ‘each other’

  35. Natasha says:

    Wonderful set of pictures, reflecting a wide panel of situations and emotions. I really enjoyed this post.

  36. Pedro says:

    The fourth picture is Zooey Deschanel in the movie Almost Famous. Set in USA. No USSR there:)

  37. Slava says:

    I whish we have more such “retro” stories on this website. I was born in 74 but very much enjoy such photographs.

  38. RussianeedsObama says:

    Thank god I was born in America! Russians stand for very little, and screw their people over. So many orphaned children. Who could do that?

    • Otis R. Needleman says:

      Could we trade Obama to Russia for Putin? We need a President with some balls. Or could we just send Obama to Russia and hire Putin as a contract President until 2012! Thanks!

  39. Dovanov says:


  40. greem2 says:

    Life was good and simple

    you were free to walk at night you didn’t need to be afraid to be killed raped or stolen for a couple of bucks….
    there were more benefits then minuses in the soviet union.

  41. Greg says:

    it’s sad to think that missiles were pointed at each other and people were just trying to live a normal life. it shows a very human side to to CCCP, even if some are blatantly stage managed. Collapse of USSR was bad news. The West let in criminals who had laundered all they could steal and left Moscow to pull itself together while giving big speeches about “democracy”. These were the same governments which would attack Iraq twice. We live, we love, we die.

  42. SSSR says:

    There is a big difference between attack and liberate!

    Democracy and freedom,enjoy it,while you have it!!

  43. Xiao Hei says:

    Wow! wonderful pictures!

    All of these pictures have that aged look. Reminds me of a beautiful time in the past. Pity, our digital cam pictures will never be able to replicate this look, and the pictures taken with them will always look new! tsk tsk!

    My first comment on this site. I really enjoy it! Thanks!

  44. soviet says:

    LOL!!!! 2 of my comments were deleted!? Whats happened with your capitalistic “freedom” of speech? Most of the comments proudly state about the freedom of speech in the western world… which is probably doesnt exist! fiction… just a part of american propaganda)))) well, actually i can use all your negative statements about USSR against the U.S.A. or Europe…

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  47. Kusaka says:

    i love USSR. it was very good country.

  48. Dellamorte says:

    I am from Lithuania, one of those called “Baltic scum” by some russians now.
    I do not know where you guys learned your history, but i had plenty of people who had their relatives killed or taken to Siberia during 1945-1957. Even in soviet years, when all schools were teaching how good soviets are, everyone knew the truth which is: about 1/5 of Lithuanian population were either killed or transported to Siberia to work in gulags and die. And the reason? There was no reason. It was enough not to be liked.
    In political level, i remember soviet history were telling they “liberated” Lithuania from germans, and we asked ourselves to join USSR. No way. Even if there are any papers signed, this was forced by Stalin’s brute force.

    So yeah, for the generations that only remember 1970-1990, the soviet years may seem romantic, especially for the ones who were young in those times, but actually hundreds of thousands people died, for no reason, just for “not liking” the occupants.

    And i do not blame Russia, as i understand they suffered from Stalin’s regime as well. I see Russians as friends. As well as other Baltic nations and post – soviet countries.
    I just do not understand the hate from some Russian people for Baltic states. It was soviets who occupied us, and we deserved this freedom. We earned it with our blood. Respect that at least, if you do not respect the countries.

    • rob says:

      there is no HATE towards you from Russians (you are too small to be hated), but there is some kind of despise – it is because you exactly know that average Rusians treated you as friends, there were intermariages etc.., but now you say that Russians were occupants – what do you expect as far as atitude is concerned then? Majority of Russians had no idea how you appeared in USSR,especially that as far as I remember Baltic states voted for incorporation into USSR in 1939 during elections and then by your Parlaments?- wasn’t it so? – there was no occupation,,,Finns did not want to be incorporated and they never voted for such and even fought back when Stalin made an attempt to grab Finland – totally different was in Baltic state – your grandparents (encited by your commies and trade unionists) voted for incorporfation with USSR- no single shot was made as Soviet troops entered Baltic states in 1940 as it was sanctioned by your Parlament…

  49. Olka says:

    My grandparents lived in USSR and that’s where my father was brought up. I don’t know what you people imagine saying that they liked USSR because “they didn’t know any better”. My grandparents led very fulfilling lives, they had well respected profession (teachers), enough money to live comfortably, they hand lots of friends and traveled a fair bit around USSR and abroad. They only became worse off during the 90ties. My father who was growing up in the 70ties and 80ties had wonderful, colorful childhood. He wasn’t impressed with communist system “as soon as you realize the amount of propaganda they fed you”, but he would go back to his youth any day.

  50. DeusX says:

    Could anyone tell me what’s the monument or building shown in picture #112 (mindblowing picture, by the way)? Thank you.

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