11 Back to the USSR

Back to the USSR

Posted on July 6, 2017 by tim

A selection of photos from the country that doesn’t exist any more.

One Soviet ruble could buy you:
1 full lunch in a cafeteria
100 km hitchhiking ride
33 glasses of soda
50 calls from payphone
100 boxes of matches
5 icecreams
20 subway rides
4 loafs of bread, 1 kg each
5 liters of fresh milk
20 movie tickets
2 bottles of good beer and change left
8 packs of bad cigarettes
6 kg of watermelon in August or 3 kg melons
5 haircuts
1 day rent a room on the Black Sea


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11 Responses to “Back to the USSR”

  1. Alain says:

    But one ruble was not enough to buy freedom…

    • Lumpy Gravy says:

      … freedom from what? Freedom to do what?

      It must have been a strange sort of oppression that gave the people of the USSR the best free education, the best free health care, the lowest infant mortality and one of the longest average live expectancy in the world. Gosh, they must have felt terrible for not having to worry about losing one’s job, for not being bullied and harassed in the work place and for not being constantly ripped off by a business mafia. And surely, they must have felt awfully guilty about having all in all much happier and fulfilled lives than their contemporaries in capitalist countries.

      • Douglas says:

        They had a life on long lines. Waiting years for even a fridge. A constant lack of food and simple consumer goods like feminine products. The waiting list for a car was typically many years long. If you wanted most durable goods you had to have connections to get anything. Yes, they did have narrowly confined lives but no real upward mobility. The State controlled every aspect of life.

        • Lumpy Gravy says:

          As you can see in these images and in many other series of images on this website, people in the USSR had anything but “narrowly confined lives”, as you put it. And what would you want with “upward mobility” in a classless society? The widespread use of this obnoxious phrase alone shows how deeply many people have been indoctrinated with the prevailing capitalist ideology and how narrowly confined and illusionary their belief in this system is. All they know is ‘competition’, ‘getting ahead’, ‘making it in the world’, ‘upward mobility’ and other such newspeak tosh. And it shows, if you care to take a closer look at the atomized societies of the so called developed countries.

          • Douglas says:

            USSR had 3 classes of society. The Top [they had best of everything], The Middle managers [they had most things but not all], the Rest…..poor, controlled, always standing in line and always scared to say anything…..or it was the Gulag or worse.

      • Slaven says:

        @Lumpy Westerners cannot understand the concept of USSR. Nor the true freedom it represented. For them you are only free if you can buy a gun and do whatever you want to do in your life. The fact that you are almost always in some “bussinesmans” fist is less important.

  2. Douglas says:

    The meal shown with the construction workers is basically the same today…..lots of buckwheat.

  3. DAS666 says:

    Was that the Trolololololololololo guy ?

  4. Slaven says:

    Beautiful times for those who lived then. As opposed to those who had to live their youth in times when gorbachev and belazheva mobsters sabotaged and ruined great USSR.

  5. tom bauer says:

    and a ruble today? .017 cent US? wow.

  6. Tutan Camon says:

    I have a VEF radio,still working great even today!!!

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