7 Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Posted on October 30, 2014 by tim


Twenty four (or there abouts) bright photos from the Soviet years from 1921 to 1990. These photos have been selected to remind us of how it was and just to enjoy. Let’s start without further ado. By the way, the first photo is not just some semi-naked dudes, but famous Russian athletes from different sports engaging in arm-wrestling in 1980. Let’s move on: 

Waiting for his date to arrive. 1980.

St. Petersburg, in the 1980s.

A famous Russian actor in 1980.

Pupils cleaning the classroom (it was sort of obligatory in Soviet schools). 1981.

Karpov – Kasparov chess match. A judge checks the chair to be sure nothing is hidden in there. 1984.

The closing ceremony of the 1980 Soviet Olympics. The bear flies away at the final chord, causing thousands or even millions of Soviets to cry.

Getting back from school.

“Come buy some bagels”. Then below: “Out of bagels”.

“The bats”. 1984.

A famous Russian comic – you should be able to see him in the middle. 1980.

Jumping rope. 1985.

“Dreaming of something else”. 1989.

Here is a funny thing written on the bricks: “Not every student has got an opportunity to live generously – build for free the piggeries for the Soviet collective farms”. So they were students who were taken from their universities to the countryside to engage in building stuff – real construction jobs – for free, without being paid a wage. Soviet students did this. Doctors, lawyers – no matter what their university course was.

The inheritance. (Of a famous Russian football-soccer player).

Now this is cool: do you know what those people are lining up for? Not to see a rock band, not to attend a music event at all. Not for food. Not for some free stuff. They came here to stand in line in this long line – it goes up to the end of this building – the museum where the new art works of a famous Russian painter had just arrived. Just imagine!

Pink Floyd in Russia. Look, they wear a shirt with “Red Navy” written on it, which mocks the Russian translation of Pink Floyd. 

A street in Moscow.

A rehearsal of an old Moscow circus.

Hope you liked them!

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7 Responses to “Selected Shots of the Soviet Past”

  1. Hal the Man says:

    It would be better if the captions were written by someone who understands the English language.

    • Drakkus says:

      I think they do very well, especially considering English isn’t their first language. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a post I couldn’t at the very least get the gist of, and it’s a hell of a lot better than anything Google Translate can do for Russian. If you speak Russian better than they do English, I suggest you offer your services!

    • Rob Normann says:

      Yes, we must always find something to complaint about. That is very important.

  2. Erik says:

    Thank you English Russia !
    What a great view into the past .

  3. Rob Normann says:

    Always enjoying watching old photos from Russia.

  4. Vijay says:

    Nice set of pictures.

    I recently learned about Aokigahara in Japan on the net.

    Considering doing a set of pictures on suicide in Russia and haunted places. Thanks in advance.

  5. MAXDMG says:

    In 4 photo Evgenii Mironov. Great actor with awesome charisma and talent, but died young(

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