24 Free and Happy Soviet People

Free and Happy Soviet People

According to the title, this selection of photos should show you free and happy Soviet people. They named it this way, because it was first published somewhere in the middle 1960s in Russia, and a lot of people really were happy after their country was rebuilt after a
devastating war, and they were also pretty free, at least financially, not having any house loans, or anything like this. However, it's up to you decide if these are propaganda photos or true record of the life of the Soviet people of that time.
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1 Russian Sakhalin Island 100 Years Ago

Russian Sakhalin Island 100 Years Ago

This is how people lived on Sakhalin Island around 100 years ago in Russia. Actually, Sakhalin is the biggest populated
island in Russia, located in the Russian Pacific. The photos are very atmospheric and there are plenty of them. Enjoy!
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1 Soviet Kids

Soviet Kids

Here we have just over thirty nostalgic black and white photos of Soviet kids just, you know, being kids. Also, for those of you who expecting more often updates, just a friendly reminder that we also have an official
English Russia twitter account.  Subscribe, it updates at least once a day with some funny or historical or just interesting photo from ex-USSR space. Pass it on!  And now, back to the Soviet kids:
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0 Russian Cosmonauts Having New Year Dinner [video]

Russian Cosmonauts Having New Year Dinner [video]

The Russian space agency, Roskosmos, sometimes publishes pretty neat reality-style videos direct from orbit, talking about the casual moments of the Russian cosmonauts on the space station.
Here is one such video for your viewing pleasure, showing Russian space explorers munching on New Year dinner treats. They speak Russian but it's still worth checking it out!
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12 Russian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

Russian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

The Russian city of Petrozavodsk was hit by cyclone Daniella today, which resulted in very heavy snowfalls. In a matter of just a few hours, the city was drowning in snow. Sometimes the snow drifts were as high as 1.5 meters tall. Petrozavodsk is a city with a population of 300,000, and is the capital of the Karelia region bordering
Finland and Norway. It's not a small city, so in an instant, the traffic got stuck. Huge city trolleybuses - electric powered buses - are not meant to go through thick layers of snow on the city streets so they began stopping and blocking the way for others. Let's see how it was thanks to local photographer Igor P.:
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7 Russian Acoustic Guitar Makers from Bobrovo Russia

Russian Acoustic Guitar Makers from Bobrovo Russia

It might be a surprising fact for you but in Russia there are still a few factories producing guitars. During Soviet times, Russian people had to buy mostly all locally made products, so guitar manufacturers were blooming. Then, Russia opened its markets to foreign merchandise and many ex-Soviet factories went bankrupt. Many think that Russian guitar makers went bankrupt
too and aren't producing anything now, Chinese stuff is cheaper and often better made. However this is not true, and this is one example of an old Soviet guitar maker that is still making acoustic guitars. Thanks to Russian photo blogger Andrei who went there and took photos we can see what the Russian guitar maker looks like from inside.
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10 Russian Kayaking in -27 Outside

Russian Kayaking in -27 Outside

Russian blogger, I. Podgorny from Petrozavodsk, Karelia, says that last morning he was woken by his friend saying "you gotta visit me right now. It's -27 outside and it is still possible to kayak on the
river. Let's do this". So the blogger took his camera and went on the sudden adventure. So thanks to him we can see the awesomeness of nature and almost feel all that cold around them!
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7 Album of Russian Top Beauties 1904

Album of Russian Top Beauties 1904

Here we have a booklet called "Album of Russian Top Beauties". Famous actresses, media personalities and wives of rich men - all gathered togethered. The only catch here is that it was published in 1904, so your perception of beauty and attractiveness might have changed greatly over the last 112
years. Want to test yourself to see if you still find those Russian Top Ladies attractive? Girls from many parts of the Russian Empire are listed - Polish girls and Swedish girls (Finnish-Swedish), Jewish and Ukrainian and even Buryatian (which is indigenous SIberia). Take a look!
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40 Dark Face of Socialism by Vlad Sokolaev

Dark Face of Socialism by Vlad Sokolaev

Soviet photographer Sokolaev has called his series of photos something that can be translated as "Unattractive and hidden side of socialism". He was taking those photos in a twenty year period from the 1970s to the late 1980s. Of course,
Soviet powers would not tolerate such views of their state. However, the series turns out to be really dark and gloomy and really causing of awe when viewed now, almost forty years later. Take a look, awesome photos!
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23 Russian Empire Photos of the Late 19th Century

Russian Empire Photos of the Late 19th Century

A nice collection of late 19th century photos of the Russian Empire. It looks like a totally different world from how modern Russia looks now. At that time, Russia included such places as Helsinki and the whole of Finland, Warsaw and Poland. Much more
area than now. Each picture has a caption but the captions are in French - though you can easily understand what they mean - like this on top says "Le Palais De Lamiraute" which translates into "Palace of Admiralty". Enjoy the view!
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