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12 Khodorkovsky, 1992

Khodorkovsky, 1992

Who is this guy? That's Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who used to be the richest man in Russia. He was worth of over $20 B, more than most famous Russian rich
guy Roman Abramovich. He was arrested and now in jail, some say for some political reasons. So here is how he looked back in 1992:
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38 Afghanistan, 1983

Afghanistan, 1983

What’s going now in Afghanistan is not for the first time. 27 years ago Russian army entered Afghanistan to help the Afghani president protect his power against the Islamic forces terrorizing the country. Russian army stayed there 9 years and 1 months. It was opposed by troops lead by Usama Bin Laden who was that time officially sponsored by USA, in order to prevent a victory of USSR there and not allowing Soviet Union to establish there another regime supported by communists. During these 9 years more than 14,000 Russian soldiers were killed, half thousand people were captured by the opposing Afghani forces. Practically all of them were forced to turn into Islam. And more than 50,000 Russian soldiers were wounded there and 10,000 of them continued their life as
disabled as a result of the war. But what can be most interesting is that just a few months after the Soviet troops left Afghanistan the radical Islamic movement took over the country again and was just becoming stronger and stronger until the USA troops came into a play. Now, when USA military presence is not high there it has been heard that only center of the country is being controlled by “democratically chosen president”, all the distant regions are again under the rule of radical Islamists. So probably there is no way on turning this country to Western system of good and bad. On these photos you can see Russian soldiers together with Afghani ones, and some scenes from everyday life in 1983.
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mathias rust landed on red square of Moscow city in 1987
14 Landing On The Red Square

Landing On The Red Square

This is the guy who embarassed the Russians and astounded the world, when in 1987 at the age of 19 flew a Cessna 172B undetected all the way from Malmi airport in Helsinki, landing the craft in Moscow's Red Square. Mathias Rust (born 1968) is a German pilot who, in 1987, at the age of 19, flew from Hamburg to Moscow, eluding the Soviet air defences and landed in Red Square near the Kremlin. After leaving Hamburg on May 28 Rust refuelled his Cessna 172B at Helsinki-Malmi Airport. He told air traffic control that he was going to Stockholm, but he turned his plane towards the east. Rust disappeared from the Finnish air space near Sipoo. He headed towards the Baltic coastline and turned
towards Moscow. By chance, he flew into the Soviet Union on the national border guard's holiday, and the lax security that resulted allowed him to fly into Soviet territory unnoticed. I think it was even by chance but the date was chosen by him on purpose because it's well known that during this holiday every national guardian is drunk no matter he is engaged on his post or resting in the barracks.  Rust flew straight towards Moscow and landed in Red Square. He was arrested immediately by the Soviet authorities. Though on this photo he doesn't look like immediately arrested, authorities seem like enternained by his deed.
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12 Moscow Decorated For Soviet Holidays, 1932

Moscow Decorated For Soviet Holidays, 1932

During Soviet holidays many Russian cities were decorated with different Soviet propaganda stuff. Here are photos from the Moscow city back from 1932. As years passed this tradition only
srengthened, at the end of Soviet era cities were drowning in red flags and slogans on each holiday. "Our life is much better now! Our life is a great fun today!"
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20 “Moskvich” For Finland

“Moskvich” For Finland

It was strange to discover that in 50s Russia exported one of its low-budget cars
to Finland. Here we have a video of an ad frm Finnish TV back in 1957.
tbilisi, georgia
78 Strange Soviet Buildings

Strange Soviet Buildings

All these buildings might remind some objects from Sci-Fi movies of the past. In the former USSR you can meet such buildings. They are not very often but there are some like in this photo series. Some of the buildings have weird history. For example the building number 3, the “Friendship” hotel attracted a great part of attention from USA intelligence agency. They thought it was some sort of missile
launching site. This one can remind some castle from "Star Wars" but in fact it's a place in which Soviet marriage events were held in Tbilisi, Gergia. In Russia and in USSR marriage doesn't occur in the church, it happens in a special house called "Palace of The Marage". It is so still nowadays, though after getting married in such place couple can visit a church.
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44 More Soviet Stuff

More Soviet Stuff

This is a collection of Soviet stuff. Just 20 years ago only such things could be bought in shops or were at people’s homes. Nothing different from this could be bought, anything was just in two-three versions, so if you wanted to buy some new coat you could choose only from 3 types of coat, not from thousands like in rest of the world. These
are examples of most typical things in Soviet Russia. I can bet that most of them were in EVERY Soviet house. This star was a compulosry to wear by all Junior Schoolchildren (till the age of 11). There is a portrait of young Lenin on it. This was a typical bottle in wich milk was sold in Soviet Union.
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128 Finnish Propaganda to Russian Soldiers During WW2

Finnish Propaganda to Russian Soldiers During WW2

During World War 2 Finland was in alliance with Nazi Germany. So Russia fought against Finland too. And here we have interesting photos of Finnish propaganda. Those papers were thrown from the planes across Russian army in order to convince Soviet soldier to surrend. The content of them is really funny. Finland authorities offered things like good food and bottle of vodka to Russians. But it was not so
easy to the Soviet soldiers to accept this proposal. There were special troops that were in front of the main troops that were held with one purpose - to catch everyone who flee to Finland or any other German ally and to shot him down right on the place or throw him in a jail. So it was a tricky game. "Dear Soviet soldiers! Listen to me! I'll tell you something!"
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47 Soviet Times 2

Soviet Times 2

This is another post on Soviet thematics. You can see a previous for example here. Now, the collection of photos from the 80s, the period of time when the Soviet Union was near to collapse. The famous "Perestroika" or "Rebuilding" started in 1986 or so. It has been said that it's always darkest before the dawn, see yourself
if this is true for these photos. These photos are from a collection that is targeted on the pre-Democratic period of Soviet Union, taken from different public sources like magazines, newspapers and internet, from both sides - from Soviet and Western.   A soldier and a telephone booth.
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soviet kids book about life in Soviet Russia
24 Soviet Kids Book

Soviet Kids Book

This funny little book is from Old Soviet times. What is funny about it that it was printed in 2,400,000 copies! What an edition - the modern Harry Potter is not even close to it in Russia, though Harry Potter is considered to be popular in Russia too. What this book is about? It's teaching
youngsters about the Revolution, the Communism and the Red Stars of Kremlin. The price was 0.05 rouble, according to Soviet exchange rate it was around 5 cents. This price was normal for kids books in Soviet Russia. Everyone in Soviet school wore a star on his uniform.
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