2 1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Posted on October 23, 2016 by konst4

As our readers know, in our project, the 20th century in color every year usually consists of two parts: the USSR / Russia and the rest of the world.

1976 – a golden time of our childhood, the early “Stagnation”.

Congresses, toasts, slogans, songs!

The delegation of the Armed Forces of the USSR greets the XXV Congress of the CPSU (February 24 – March 5, 1976). Kremlin Palace of Congresses. Yuri Abramochkin / RIA Novosti:


There was a Stagnation, but Soviet science, industry and trade every day reported about the new successes and achievements.

In 1976, in Naberezhnye Chelny automaker plant “KamAZ” was launched:

The first car of KamAZ has driven from the main assembly line on February 16, 1976.

The ceremonial of the first Kamaz trucks release, 16.02.1976, Eugene Logvinov and Boris Klipinitser, TASS photochronicle:

Riga has begun producing a new “Rafik” the RAF 2203, which will be on the line right up to 1997. Advertising poster of 1976 with the first example:

And this is the millionth ZIL on the factory, which Russian capitalism then will just wipe off the map. 1976:

Meanwhile, at the VAP they were trying to create another Soviet electric car. Soviet electric car VAZ- 280, 1976:

In 1976, the first computer appeared in Lipetsk. It was installed in the computing center of provincial department. The third generation of Soviet computers:

In 1976, in the same Lipetsk there was the opening of the first fish shop “Ocean”, a photo from the magazine “Soviet trade”:

There were no “Empty shelves” in the country!

Yes, something you needed to “get” somewhere or stand in queue, but the banquet tables of Soviet citizens in those years, were full with all sorts of snacks and “batteries” of alcohol.

What to bring from the Caucasus. Photo of Finnish tourists made in Georgia, 1976:

In recent decades, the USSR brought a scattering of cult Soviet film every year and 1976-th is not an exception.

On January 1, 1976, there will be the premiere of the film “Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!”, which will become one of the symbols of the era:

Some pictures from a film give a sketch of the Soviet life:


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2 Responses to “1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago”

  1. Papa Karlo says:

    Life in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Baltic states rocked. But moving to those places from another city was not allowed by state authorities.

    Everywhere else, life sucked. In 1976, I lived in a large industrial city. In my class of 40 students, only 1 student had a home phone, because his father was a manager of a factory. In Moscow, every single person had a home phone.
    In our stores, all you could find were these pyramids of canned food you can see on one of these photos, because there was nothing else in the stores.
    Chocolate did not exist in our stores, you had to go to Moscow to buy it.
    This SOB Brezhnev must have eaten 10 times more meat in one day than our whole family in one month. His dogs ate more, for sure.
    Meat and butter were rationed, we could only buy one pound of butter per month per person (400 grams) and 3 pounds of meat per person (1400 grams). Meat included any “meat product” including bones, and butter sometimes had a lot of water in it (they blended water into butter in the milk factories to steal the difference). But in Moscow nothing was rationed, you could buy whatever you wanted. We went to Moscow as you would go to another country, like from Zimbabwe to Italy.

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