Jacques Dupâquier, a French scientist, historian and member of the Communist Party of France, visited the Soviet Union three times. Below there are photographs that he took in 1956 in Uzbekistan. “Spending several days in Moscow, we flew to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The old propeller planes flew no higher than 3,200 m so we were able to enjoy Central Asia to the full. Tashkent was a large city with an only avenue. Nevertheless, it all was destroyed in the 1966 earthquake. I have been to its market and saw ladies wearing traditional costumes, went to a mosque and met local officials…” Recalling his trip, Dupâquier would say the following, “I made a bunch of photos
from the plane…” “I saw their ‘Virgin Lands’, a grandiose project which however was not fulfilled properly. I saw huge fields with a lot of agricultural equipment. They had no hangars and kept grain in trenches, like they did in the Middle Ages. They had no protection from rats and bad weather. When I saw it, I understood why this project failed…” “People harvested cotton with their hands and it was terrible… It was only in Soviet movies where they showed all those combines and other equipment…” “I loved Uzbek people. They were so calm and peaceful. Perhaps, all that vanished several years later…”
Novosibirsk is one of a few Russian cities that has a few roofers, diggers and other trouble makers. Law-enforcement authorities are very vigilant here. Next to the subway documents are checked together with serial numbers of cellphones which is done to find those
ones that had been stolen. Local inhabitants are active as well: just try to overcome a fence or spoil a TVset in a subway train and witnesses of the action will immediately call the police. Getting the photographs below was far from being easy.