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63 The USSR Collapse, Part 2

The USSR Collapse, Part 2


We can never forget the events that happened on August 19 1991 and led to collapse of the country that used to be huge and powerful once.  The pictures below remind us of those times. They were published in a popular Russian magazine after the events.   Another part of the pictures related to the theme are shown in the previous post.  

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63 Responses to “The USSR Collapse, Part 2”

  1. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. After carefully examining this photos, at all angles, I am more convinced than ever, that Boris Yeltsin was the illegitimate son of W.C. Fields.

  2. testicules says:

    Good for Gorby for seeing the writing on the wall and acting in the best interest of his people.

    • SMERSH says:

      You mean engineering the collapse of the economy and transferring state owned industries over to the mobsters? Oh yeah. That worked out great.

  3. George Johnson says:

    And somewhere in America, obama the lawless is taking credit for this. (or blaming it on George Bush, depends on who he is talking to)

  4. Carol Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing/posting these photos of a most difficult time in Russia. I would love to hear from the Russian members of ER and learn how they felt about all of this (the ones that are old enough to remember it). The media coverage that we received in the United States was, of course, very biased. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Yves St. Cyr says:

    I’m almost sure I saw a Russian “hippie” standing on the top of a phone booth in these photographs but I cannot be positive.Is there really such a thing as a Russian “hippie”?

  6. Yves St. Cyr says:

    I was also wondering if the Russian people feel that they were better off during the old regime or the government that they have now.I have an idea some liked the old government better than the new but I have never actually been to Russia.

  7. pizd says:

    You know it is serious when the crowd knocks the camera man down.

  8. José Matias says:

    I live far away from Russia, in Brazil and have a question:Is Life better in your country now?

  9. Otis R. Needleman says:

    I was proud beyond words to see these good people stand up for their freedom. I am also grateful to live in a world where the USSR is no more, and Russia and America are not enemies.

  10. marxistworker says:

    Pound for pound, the Russian people had it better under the Soviet Union. Education, science, housing, services, health, employment, future.

  11. Archy Bunka says:

    Quality of life is different things to different people. Why, if the quality of life was good, did the USSR forbid foreign travel? Why did it forbid freedom of expression?
    Having bureaucrats design a life plan for individuals is not my idea of a good quality of life. Particularly, centralized adherence to education, psychiatry, and the ever present threat of having the few individual privileges that were granted-withdrawn.

  12. (r)evolutionist says:

    After the Fall: exploding crime, poverty, death rate, alcoholism, domestic violence, crumbling infrastructure, unemployment (wait- that’s the USA since Reagan and deregulation of business)…

    • too much vodka says:

      During the Soviet Union criminality was high as well, they just didn’t call it that way, they called if official policy.

  13. SMERSH says:

    Here in the US we credit Reagan with the collapse of the USSR. He moved away from the policy of detente practiced by Nixon, Ford and Carter and pursued a policy of confrontation.

  14. ayaa says:

    @José Matias and @Yves St. Cyr

    Life is better in some ways. Much worse in others.
    We now have unrestricted freedom, but the problem is its gave rise to the hooligans and vandalism. In the USSR, the problem was that we had abundant cash, but little variety. Now, thanks to Yeltsin, we have a vast array of goods but people dont have enough money to afford them.

  15. popalumi says:

    D-l Gorbaciov este un om genial care a facut istorie.A vrut sa shimbe, dar cred ca n-a mers pina la capat cu aplicarea teoriei.
    Eu cred in socialism,desi, acum mi se pare un vis de neatins,avind la Cotroceni o mutanta genetico-fascista.
    In 1989 am crezut ca ne intoarcem in timp,nu mai mergem inainte asa cum invatasem din carti, se intorcea capitalismul.Acum ,nu stiu, sunt mai maleabila in gindire.Am invatat de la d-l Ion Iliescu ca, asa zisul socialism era defapt, un capitalism de stat cu fetis socialist.!
    De fapt dupa ce criterii se ghideaza cei din guvernul rus?

  16. Dominique says:

    The biggest catastrophy of 20th century was the collapse of the soviet union. Life for a lot of people is not better. The USSR was a strong nation and had many good things like science, culture, cheap housing, employment and national pride. It is a big tragedy, the wall didnt stay!!!!

    • SGWW says:

      Agree with you. Democracy is very good idea, but the way which choose Gorbaciov was ****obscene language****. And of course the biggest catastrophy of 20th century was World War II, especially for Russia ((

      • testicules says:

        There is no way to transform a nation from an authoritarian dictator ship to a freemarket economy and a democracy without upsetting the population and experiencing dramatic changes. Growing pains. The next generations of Russian will be thankful

        • testicules says:

          Sure the polls don’t reflect favorably for Yeltsin. You has state controleled media that is in the tank for Putin. He runs contrary to what Yeltsin stood for. He is looking to re-establish an empire. Good for the Pols for being smarter. The Pols are more western than the Russian though. Perhaps Yeltsin knew it wouldn’t work following the Polish lead.

          • Asmodeus says:

            Perhaps you should ask some Russians instead of writing biased meanderings and suppositions.

            • testicules says:

              Is there an independent media outlet in Russia that can say anything it wants without fear of a Putin crackdown? Polls can be staged to mislead the public. A poll from a source that is not independent is worthless propaganda. You’d be the first to call out a poll that is pro-US if it didn’t fit your views, but you turn a blind eye to state controlled media. Why is that?

              • Asmodeus says:

                No, I dont’ turn blind eye to Soviet totalitarian ways or aberrations. There are plenty. I don’t need to. But it seems you do need to use one eye only, trash everything from Russia, everyday. I don’t know why.

              • ayaa says:

                Actually all my figures are from Levada, which is an independent NGO.

                I think you are quite perfectly describing yourself, you hypocrite. You only se what you want to see. Take for example the army. When a caption says something bad about the army, you are quick to say that Russia has no money or Russia is wasting money on something else. But when another post points out something good about the Russian army, you always have something else that Russia should spend the money on. As though your opinion counts.

                And if you are curious, I voted yes for both Putin and Medvedev. And a resounding no for Yeltsin.

          • Boris says:

            Please let us know with how many Russians you have talked to.

    • too much vodka says:

      I thought World War II was the biggest catastrofy, certainly for the Soviet Union with it’s 27 million victims.

  17. Jim-Bob says:

    People’s rule? And just how did the people rule in the USSR? If you spoke out you were jailed for daring to note that the emperor had no clothes. Let us not forget that everything a common worker needed either required queing up in long lines or going on a multi-year waiting list. If anything the USSR was an oligarchy with those at the top dictating to the workers. In many ways the USA is an oligarchy too but at least the average person in the US has a right to speak out against the power structure.

    • Verto says:

      Well,every person has a right to “speak out” against the “power structure” in US ! ! ! ! !
      What a “serious” joke.US has long history of “peaceful” aggressions against the small countries.US democratically nuke japan,twice! ! ! !invade Korea,Vietnam,Astan,iraq and much much more.just in the name of democracy ! ! ! ! !
      may be Soviets “little” cruel but tough decisions were the demand of their time.we have no need that type of “democracy” which is only serve to “democratically elected” polit bureau! ! ! ! ! !.”in god we trust” which kind of God?the God of Terror ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  18. René De Beaumarchais says:

    A very important chapter in world history.

  19. Scott says:

    I remember the tensions, outside Russia well. I recall thinking at the time that Gorbachev was on a threshold of something good, but how many times has that failed to happen, especially for the Russian people throughout history. I’m not sure that any discussion of Gorbachev should not also include Yeltsin, at least from my “European” perspective. I get the impression that Yeltsin was a star-struck leader who was initially adored by the West – maybe he drank a bit too much as well and the bright lights dazzled him. But the influence of the West might have gone differently if Gorbachev had been in power. Remember that the West, Europe especially, was having some financial crisis at the time and it saw opportunity in an emerging Russian economy for it’s own purposes, rather than for the good of the Russian people – who already understood hardship and standing in line for bread. At least Gorbachev criticized Yeltsin because Yeltsin had gone against the will of the Russian people in a referendum – something like 70% support to retain the Soviet Union (?)

    But the “pull” to the Western economic model and the glitter of shiny gold was too much for Yeltsin and the Russian people maybe suffered as a result?

    Around the same time (in the UK) the government was too cowardly to be honest with the people about the need to raise taxes in order to maintain the state etc. So they sold off state industries like gas, electricity, telecoms etc in order to keep voters happy without tax rises. That also made a few rich peeps richer at the expense of the ordinary “man in the street” – although the effect was not as severe as that which the Russian people had to endure in the early mid 90’s.

    Well that’s my perspective – ill-informed as it might be? I welcome constructive criticism or alternative view points, especially from people that lived through those years in Russia and understood things differently.

    A point of view shared and debated is better than a view point that will not be moved.

    • ayaa says:

      You perspective is correct, but I’m not sure about the 70% approval figures. I think it would be more along the likes of 60%.
      I dont think you would understand the hardships we went through. The worst of the crisis was in 1995-1997 and those were the times when I finished higher secondary school (the western high school) and would go to college. But my family could hardly afford it, so I had to go to a special school and work in a local store at night. Even then it was barely enough to pay for my studies (Russian education is quite cheap). And I consider myself to be among the luckier ones. Many others never got an opportunity.
      Actually, the MVD did a good job of keeping the huge mob of 25 April 2007 at bay from tearing up Yeltsin grave.

      • Scott says:

        Thanks for your comments in return ayaa, I sincerely hope your prospects improve – I hear what you say about being “one of the luckier ones” and the hardship that many like yourself endured.

    • testicules says:

      Wasn’t the only party to vote the communist party. Without any organized opposition parties, the referendum results aren’t surprising. Yeltsin was brave for making the right decision. In 100 years Yeltsin and Gorbychev will be the Russian equivilent of Washington and Jefferson.

      • Asmodeus says:

        Did Yeltsin was a slave holder too?

      • ayaa says:

        And why is it that even today, 20 years later, when strong political parties are formed, that the figures are just as high, if not higher?!! How does your keen mind, which has a “fully, justified, credibly sourced” reason for everything, explain that?!!

        I don’t think Yeltsin or Gorbachev would ever be considered Russian national heroes.

        • testicules says:

          State controlled media feeding a constant stream of Putin approved propaganda.

          • Asmodeus says:

            @testi: And… How many actual russians support your arguments? Ah! It’s just the opinion of some guy in Florida.

            • testicules says:

              All the reporters that have been murdered. The foreign politicians that have been poisoned. The businessmen that have been wrongfully jailed. The opposition politicians that have been beaten, intimidated, and jailed.

          • Boris says:

            Really? Have you ever talked to any Russian? I want to know their opinion, not from you, a guy who can’t hide his hatred for russians in every post.

            • Chris says:

              @testes, who claimed that Russia is the “be all end all of human society” and that America is responsible for every bad thing that has happened throughout history?????

        • Boris says:

          “testi”, Don’t flatter yourself (well, it seems you can’t control that). America doesn’t need your help at all. You only make it look worse. If someone is a “revisionist” and self serving spinner in this site, it’s only you.

        • Asmodeus says:

          Russia has terrible free expression and needs tons of changes. More than that, I can’t tell. But I want to know from actual Russians how they live; you and I can’t talk for them. TV is not enough (and your easy self pandering and always negative opinions, don’t help at all).

      • Ball Breaker says:

        I didn’t know that Gorby and Yeltsin owned plantations with slaves.

  20. Yves St. Cyr says:

    @ayaa
    Thank You ayaa for your comment.

  21. Kalimba says:

    If a country overspends for decades, it can collapse. Unfortunately, for American economists that’s a new discovery. Some haven’t noticed they need tax revenues, and others haven’t found out the Cold War build up had to end 20 years ago.

  22. Kalimba says:

    In the coming year, there won’t be an American Collapse in a worst case scenario. Just a hard crisis: stagnation for many years, forced sacrifice and a sensible loss of influence. A collapse would follow if the American Government continues overspending to keep their expensive state of denial in a chronic way.

  23. Musa says:

    I remember.

  24. Tangowolf says:

    Say what you will about the evils of CCCP – it was still much better than North Korea’s perverted sense of socialism.

  25. too much vodka says:

    I don’t understand these nostalgic people: Russia can go back to communism (without the empire this time) anytime if they choose to do so. So, if everyone in Russia is apperently convinced that it was better in the past, why don’t they just reinstall the old regime? Or is it something else they are missing: their empire and the chance to dominate all their neughbours?

    • Asmodeus says:

      Like the Brits, yes, I suppose they miss the Empire and big army. But I still don’t know if they can live better than in 1990, or their opinion on what we consider in the West as totalitarian oppression (that did exist). It’s a riddle to me.

  26. aceng says:

    in memorial Superpower Soviet Union :(

  27. A.Oscar says:

    Human beings could change the impossible: Evolution not just done by Nature, Mankind is part of Nature. Human thoughts the invisible energy: that could show through the expressions, and after with actions. For the past one hundred of years: Men mad more changes, then the five hundred before, but the worse will be here, the completely vanish of human nature. Human beings are the shadow of the unknowing: that could happen at any time from now, what many like me, stay into the thoughts of reality. I am not the only one: many of them even more power full thoughts, but just keep quality. The USA elite still think be the stronger country in the world: but USSR was the same, the only deference, was USSR just about fall by itself, the USA will take just about the world with it. I am feeling sorry to be human: because when Mankind feels strong, kill the others and themselves too. Men are the worse animal on the world surface, already more than half of species already extinct. A.Oscar

  28. Kecap Manis says:

    Perhaps USSR should have learned from Deng Xiao Ping on how to transform socialism to capitalism without changing the outer appearance.

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