44 Memories of 1980s in USSR [22 photo]

Memories of 1980s in USSR [22 photo]

Posted on August 15, 2018 by tim

The 1980’s was a life changing period in Russia. The Olympic games took place at that time, the first Soviet rock festival, called “Russian Woodstock”, happened, the first beauty pageant, Miss USSR was held. There were some more events, and of course perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet State. Here are some memories:

The closing ceremony of the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow.

Samantha Smith, an American girl, taking photos in the Red Square in 1983. She later died in an airplane crash.

A Soviet “supermarket” in the Rostov region.

Svetlana Savitskaya – the world’s first female cosmonaut – who performed a spacewalk in 1984.


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44 Responses to “Memories of 1980s in USSR [22 photo]”

  1. Douglas says:

    A Russian friend of mine in the US told me in 1980 that he had heard there was definitely going to be a change of government in the USSR. I could not believe him but he was correct. He said that the people were fed up with the Soviet system.

    • vk2fvax says:

      Do not listen to the Western Spy!

    • Benjamin Morgentau says:

      …if only the elites could listen to the peoples voices… they can not and will not because everything becomes how they want and opposition becomes the enemy… so it comes from freedom to oppression and ends in dystopia

  2. Carlo Abrucci says:

    A “Russian friend in the US?” Was it that your friend left the USSR because the friend was averse to soviet government. Still, it took 10 years for the USSR to crumble, mostly because of Gorbachev’s actions. Yet today many Russians consider the fall of the USSR – and communism – the greatest catastrophe Russians have witnessed since the Great War.

    • Douglas says:

      I don’t why my friend left the USSR. He was involved in the visit-Russia travel business in the US. I knew him due to my unsuccessful attempt to import Russian semi-precious gems into the US. We even went to Moscow to negotiate a deal. The Russians thought I was a CIA agent…which is laughable. They were very suspicious and paranoid.

    • Douglas says:

      Carlo:…..the fall of the Soviet state was a catastrophe if you like living in a country that guarantees you a job where the main thing is that you merely show up….doing actual work and advancement are another thing.

      I know Russians in 2018 that are still living under the spell of cradle to grave mentality. Its always “don’t worry, the State will take care of you.”. Real work to these people is anathema.

      • FunnyMerican'ts says:


        …”a catastrophe if you like living in a country that guarantees you a job where…”.– Funny! See, boy, it was a disaster also for people who had an education and worked long hard hours –for a pittance- when the ‘reforms’ were forced on ALL the people.

        …”actual work and advancement are another…”. –LOL. Only when you actually get paid for that. And payment to make a decent living, was missing in those times, no matter how much you worked. Do you think that those ‘reforms’ provided the same salaries than those in the US? Really?

        Funny boy…

    • FunnyMerican'ts says:

      @Carlo – Agreed.

      The Soviet Union’s collapse has been categorized as a WORSE disaster, for its people, than the 1929’s Great Depression in the US.

      Besides the economic catastrophe, the country lost territories, resources and millions of citizens in an instant. It’s a miracle that the Russian people didn’t resort to widespread violent revolutions of unpredictable consecuences, and kept Russia together.

      Merican’t kids writing crap here simply have no concept of the dimension of what happened.

  3. Bob says:

    Russians do NOT consider the fall of COMMUNISM to be BAD!

    Putin – “Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart, whoever wants it back has no brain”


  4. Carlo Abrucci says:

    Bob, May I ask how many average Russians you know? Naturally, the oligarchs are happy as they were able to steal so much in making themselves the power in today’s Russia but I would guess the average Russian has benefited marginally. Soviet healthcare was free and some of the best in the world certainly better than in Russia today. Roads are still terrible except in parts of big cities. There is more for sale now but at what cost. Also, I note many quotes on the site but some are less than accurate. I am also left to wonder how many writers here have actually been in Russia to observe it first-hand.

  5. Bob says:

    Carlo, I grew up with mostly people from the USSR. I used to also think the health care was great. It was, for the communists. Sure, for some it’s worse but to say that for the average Russian life is worse now is stupid.

  6. Carlo Abrucci says:

    All you Americans seem to have accepted US propaganda at face value. Healthcare in the USSR was top of the line but I am sure there were bad hospitals but I just didn’t see them. Life for many Russians may be better today but remember the USSR collapsed 28 years ago. Who knew what changes would occur after 1990? Russia is still a poor and polluted country but it is difficult to know reality if one was never inside the USSR or has not visited modern Russia.

    • Benjamin Morgentau says:

      …as if there is no pollution in the US and the poor do not exist there and the poor are mere illusions for tourists… anywhere except in those countries where nothing ever was good, those people who challenge the US ways of dominating all others… the US is today what Great Britain was some years ago. The empire were the sun never sets..

  7. Douglas says:

    If you have money in Russia you can go to a nice clean medical clinic and get good care….but you will pay for it.

    If you are an average person, you go to a free clinic and get good Dr. care but the building will be old, dirty and in need of demolition. Your accident wounds will be sutured with unsterile upholstery thread. How do I know this? I’ve seen it. Most of the funds in the free clinics go to pay high salary of the staff….little is left for medical supplies.

    • FunnyMerican'ts says:

      …”but the building will be old, dirty and…”.–If you don’t have money in the US and get ill, you DIE.

      Funny people…

      • Douglas says:

        Mr. Funny….By law, the poor of America are given medical care at no cost. Even illegal aliens are given free care. You are completely wrong.

        • FunnyMerican'ts says:

          The New York Times:

          “Millions With Chronic Disease Get Little to No Treatment

          —…The study describes harsh consequences for neglecting easily treatable diseases in so many people. “For some of the 11.4 million uninsured Americans with serious chronic conditions, access to care seems to be unobtainable; many may face early disability and death as a result,” the study’s authors said.”

          Funny people.

    • Benjamin Morgentau says:

      …i agree with your description of free clinics in one case near in my familiy. The building, rooms, equipment like beds, sheets, toilets look desolate and are in dire need of repair… if not complete demolition and new build from the ground up, sheets are so old they are grey and over used… but the doctors and other personel are good, care for patients, treatment is free… but the waiting lists are long. But they are long in the favorite capitalist country where i live as well. To change the doctor is difficult like next to impossible because they are over full with patients… here are we again at the thematic of waiting lines… they are hailed as a success because the give huge profits for a select few. To find psychiatric help is also next to impossible again, because of long waiting lines…

  8. Carlo Abrucci says:

    Douglas, what you write is true in modern Russia but not so true in USSR. Clinic doctors now do earn more but most rural doctors earn maybe 2500 – 3000 Ruble a month so maybe $400 to $500. They do become rich.

  9. Carlo Abrucci says:

    Yes, Benjamin, but the sun will always rise and set. The empire is near sunset and the dawn will bring, hopefully, a better world.

  10. Benjamin Morgentau says:

    ..what in capitalism is sold to the public as success is sold to the public as failure when it comes to alternative economic systems. Long waiting lines (physical and virtual) of people in demand of whatever… basic needs like affordable housing for example. We are teached that the longer such a waiting line is the more it is success… questions as to why there might not enough affordable housing are not asked. Instead those people in the waiting lines get ridiculed because they are not rich enough. If people wait in front of stores, even camp outside all night to be the first, to get silly products are made heroes and celebrated.

  11. The Reader says:

    Shock Therapy (economics)

    Since the USSR’s collapse, the post-Soviet states faced many problems. Poverty in the region had increased more than tenfold. The economic crisis that struck all post-Soviet countries in the 1990s was twice as intense as the Great Depression in the countries of Western Europe and the United States in the 1930s.

    …Some research suggests that the very fast pace of ‘shock therapy’ privatization mattered, and had a particularly harsh effect on the death rate in Russia…



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