Jacques Dupâquier was traveling in the USSR in 1956, 1964, 1975. In the list of places he visited were Moscow, Leningrad, Tula, Uzbekistan, Caucasus, Cuban, Ukraine…
Finally in ER some interesting pictures
It’s so wild to see huge expanses of streets with almost no cars or people.
I get why that is, but the jokester in me wants to say, “oh, it’s because everyone is at the beach!” That beach was so crowded, it almost didn’t look fun!
These pictures are interesting. People in the West can’t understand why Russians accepted life under a regime. 20 million dead, half the country raped, pillaged and looted.
Two major invasions of their homeland from the West within 25 years. Under these conditions most would accept restrictions of personal rights in return for security.
The Soviet Union and communism was born of the ashes of WW1 and legitimized by victory in WW2.
3rd world country!
so true. an inferior state with nuclear power aspirations! and yet against all odds they still exist, still tormenting their smaller neighbors!
Actually the socialist countries were referred to as the SECOND world, as opposed to the capitalist first world and the remaining third world…
goed zo bijdehans, deze mensen hebben slecht opgelet op school.
Why it was so beauty and so ugly now?
A lot of older Russians look upon those days as the happy time of their youth. I have to agree.
was nice days…
Did the KGB agent assigned to act as his “guide” show him Kolyma, Solovki and Katyn forest, too? Or a sigle flat inhabited by four families? Guess not…
Was this dude a hard-boiled French Commie? Guess so…
It was sort of odd to see a line of parked cars that were all the same make and model ( GAZ Poebda). In fact, there were only three models I saw as in addition to the Poebda (translates as “Victory”) there was an original Moskvich ( Opel Kadet)and a ZIS 110 (license built Packard).
Did you purposely misspelled “Pobeda? )))
Another wonderful look at the past.
Thank you ER!!
Truly wonderful pictures!
You should post most pictures with this theme.
So was the USSR better than todays Russia?The USSR was the largest police state in the world.If Russia was still the USSR today would I have seen so many new cars like the 2 H2 hummers and the 03 Mustang and so many Mazda 3s amd 6s when I was in Ekaterinburg 2 years ago?Would Budweiser and Miller beer and Red Bull and Skittles candy ect be there today?Didn’t communism collapse under its own weight?
I have also been to Ekaterinburg.But I didn’t marry a Russian woman,I did have some fun with her.
Hear, hear! Thanks to the newfound “democracy” drug lords, thieves and murderers can afford to ride freely in H2 Hummers and Mustangs drinking Budweiser and Miller beer, instead of rotting in prisons of the “police state”.
You opened my eyes, Jason!
Most of the Russian population are not drug lords, thieves and murderers.
you’re right, and most of the population don’t drive Hummers get my point?
There are very little high class people in Russia, these people live better now than in Soviet times, and they don’t get their money in good ways. They steal from the rest of the population.
The other part of the population lives worse than in Soviet times. I think all people should be the same. In USSR all people were middle class, the next step is that all people are high class, not 10% live high class and 90% live low class. Then I prefer everybody middle class, at least this is my opinion.
Jason, so your level of happines is measured by the brand of car you drive ? That is very low.
You missed the point.Read my first comment again.Ya todays Russians don’t deserve todays products and lifestyle that many other countries enjoy!
Thanks for posting, Tema Lebedev!
Ya the good Ole days of gulags,executions and a communist government that held there people as prisoners and lied to them about everything that they could to keep its people ignorant to what freedom really meant and that the USSR was starting to crumble under its own corruption and mismanagement that was fueled by the ruling class of the communist party that had more rights in there so called classless society than the common people who worked for next to nothing .
P.S. I wonder what the different colors on the world map represent.
nice days??? oh come on. in the 60′s-70′s the Soviets were at the stage at which the West was before WWII… those photos only look nice. this nation was terrorized, poor, uncivilized and this country was a giant on legs made from cop… so good that USSR is no more…
I don’t know exactly, I wasn’t born yet in the 70′s so I can’t judge by experience, but if you look at figures you’ll see that the USSR had the highest life expectancy in the world, and all people were literate (people who can read and write)
even now, 20 years after USSR collapsed look who are the top 15 countries.
And USSR had a very very very big impact on world technology advancement.
Is it me or do all the city photo’s seem so open, spacious and a little bit empty? Can anyone fill me in on that?
6 AM perhaps
Anglo-Saxons dear, tell me how many German bombs were dropped on American cities? How many were occupied by British cities? As long as you think, I would remind you that the USSR was destroyed by the Nazis to the Ural Mountains. Echo of war for a long time been heard across the country.
This site does not publish the comments in Russian is racism
Wonderful pictures. More simple times, and the people seem content with the way things were. I have a question, though: can someone please explain to me why many of the women always wore scarves on their heads? Was this a fashion, or did they have to do this?
Most of the population of the USSR in those years was from the village. In the village the handkerchief was the most simple and affordable headdress for women who had a lot of work under the scorching sun
Thank you for the explanation
Not only, A married woman was not supposed appear in public with nothing on her head.
Really? Wow, that makes a lot of sense why so many women in the older pictures wear the handkerchiefs then. Isn’t there also a regulation that women have to have their heads covered in church as well?
Well, that’s what you Russians get for your Stalin making deals w/ Nazi Germany.
Next thing we’ll probably be hearing from you lot are
complaints/excuses about Ghengiz Khan.
“Anglo-Saxons dear, tell me how many German bombs were dropped on American cities? How many were occupied by British cities? As long as you think, I would remind you that the USSR was destroyed by the Nazis to the Ural Mountains. Echo of war for a long time been heard across the country.”
that same time, people were in prison for reading the ‘wrong’ books… so it’s a bit strange seeing people write about the ‘good times’.
it’s always nice to see old pictures of places and people, but just because we see colors, doesn’t mean the times were colorful.
i like the picture w/ the CCCP map; big red CCCP comes actually in 3rd, after British and Mongol Empire w/ 23.7 million km2 (1866)
Hehe… if you read “wrong” books now you also have the possibility to go to the prison
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