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27 The Russian 90s By Lucien Perkins

The Russian 90s By Lucien Perkins

Posted on September 1, 2011 by team


During 20 years  photographer Lucien Perkins covered events in Russia and other former Soviet countries. He came to Moscow for the first time in 1988 for the historic meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1993 he again went to Russia for six months and he felt that it was absolutely different country. Photos of Perkins not only reflect the major political events of the time, but also capture the spirit of freedom that prevailed in hearts of Russian people in the 90s.

A lonely demonstrator and communist walks on the street, covered with stones, after the bloody conflicts with police, 1993.

A beaten communist with a portrait of Joseph Stalin during the march to Red Square, May, 1993.

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27 Responses to “The Russian 90s By Lucien Perkins”

  1. testicules says:

    Cool Pics. It is telling that violent civil war broke out so quickly in the outlying states. There must have been a lot of ethnic tension that was stamped down by the Soviets.

    • Alkofunker says:

      What violent civil war?

      As the saying goes: “it’s better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt”.

      • too much vodka says:

        With civil war in the outlying states he probably means the war between Armenia and Azerbeidjan over Nagorno-Karabach, the civil war in Georgia and the conflicts over Abkhsia and South-Ossetia, the conflict in Moldova with the Transdnistrian republic, the two Chechen wars… it might look like the saying mostly applies to you.

    • historian says:

      Yes Soviets are really bad just stamping down rasiscm. Ethnis wars should be fought anywhere. Russia should be today more like America, helping other states starting wars..

  2. Nebukadnezar says:

    russia…the land of progress… not

  3. zipp says:

    Iconic images. Thanks for posting.

  4. Archy Bunka says:

    Gorby and his wife flew coach?

  5. Russia may yet prevail over other western countries by learning from the mistakes of others.China and Japan are very successful nations because they keep their own national identity and do not pander to minorities and political profligates that sanction such nonsense.The myth of the great melting pot has proven itself to be a disaster.

  6. tsvetcoff says:

    Wow great image collection with useful information. Great way to learn history

  7. Musa says:

    Wow, great photos, thanks.

  8. There is a Russian hippie in the second picture.

    • historian says:

      False. He looks more like a Bard. But I know that you dont know what a Bard is, neither it bothers you. You want just to troll here without thinking and find your prejudices in the pictures.

      • Asmodeus says:

        Bard? It was probably one of the Spin Doctors. It was 1993 after all.

      • historian says:

        This was an answer to Bunka, but Asmodeus seems to be also an uneducated american.

        • Moe Hailstone says:

          The way you write, I wouldn’t call anyone else “uneducated”.

          • historian says:

            I have to speak english with you guys bbecause you are unable to learn some lyric languages like russian, french, german or italian. So I had to learn 2 years ago this destroyed anglo saxon language. Ofcourse european Latin based languages are better, but if you use anglo saxon, then use german.
            @ Moi Hujstoi

        • Asmodeus says:

          Sorry historian… I looked up “Bard” from the USSR and it’s interesting. I didn’t know that… In the West, this folk singers have a hippie look. Nothing wrong, I like that.

  9. marxistworker says:

    The marxist Soviet Union was dismantled from c.1928-32.

  10. Bogdanov says:

    Unfortunately, freedom in both the U.S. and Russia today means the freedom to be exploited by the wealthy, freedom to lose your job without cause, freedom to fall into poverty, freedom to be homeless.

    • Kalimba says:

      There’s also freedom to overspend and borrow like there’s no tomorrow, living in a state of denial… until you get owned by somebody else. But only arrogant deaf governments do that.

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