Oktyabrenok star
43 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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finnish propaganda
121 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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soviet russia
44 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
23 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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russia village ustje, far away north
14 A Russian Village Deep in The North

A Russian Village Deep in The North

This are photos by Alexandre Korolkov from Russian village “Ustje”. This village is remarkable. It is located on the far north of Russia, it’s much closer to American Alaska than to any major Russian cities. Temperatures there don’t get higher than 30-40 Fahrenheit even in the summer! Four hundred years ago a
group of Russian people flew far away to North in order to avoid death from the Tsar Ivan. They settled there and those people on the photos – direct descendants. They lived 400 years among Russian Eskimos people but didn’t assimilate and saved their traditions and Russian language.
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russian revolution in 1993
22 Another Glimpse of Revolution

Another Glimpse of Revolution

Today it is 13 years after people in Russia went on streets trying to get themselves
more freedom in 1993. But they failed. This shots depict how it was:
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russian roads during ww2
7 Russian Roads 6

Russian Roads 6

There is an opinion that Russian roads was the thing that stopped the German attack in WW2. This might be true. Look how hard was to
advance for German Nazi troops across the Russia. This is just 100 miles from St. Petersburg. What a nice travel to Russia.  
a hotel in moscow
35 Moscow Hotel “Russia”, Nowadays

Moscow Hotel “Russia”, Nowadays

There is a hotel right in the centre of Moscow, just a few steps from Kremlin and other administrative buildings. It’s name was “RUSSIA” once. And today the building is being destructed, brick by brick. Why don’t they use a controlled demolition? Some say just because to avoid the dust spreading all over the Moscow downtown, as it was after the demolition of WTC towers (I don’t mean here their demolition was controlled though, as some sources state). Some
people say it is a great pity, they consider this building to be a piece of Moscow history, others think it’s a right decision because the hotel architecture was awful and doesn’t fit to the centre of Moscow. Anyway they removed all the huge signs “RUSSIA” from the hotel, so nobody could capture the photos of how Russia was demolished. What a symbolism. This is how this hotel looked like before, during the Soviet era.
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43 Where is Buran Now?

Where is Buran Now?

Some people asked, what happened to the Buran afterwards? Here is a photo session  from Ukrainian site about what is now with
Buran. It is standing in the lonely place at Baikonur, not covered with any sort of hangar or anything.
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moscow now and then
18 Moscow Now and Then

Moscow Now and Then

Some people say that Moscow doesn't change as time passes. Some say that it has been changed tremendously. Who is right one can judge himself watching this photos of
Moscow today, year 2006 and many years ago. Many places can be recognized easily even for those who have never been in Moscow, but some changed a lot.
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