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:


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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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