0 Lions Guard the City: Soviet Postcards Devoted to Lion Sculptures in St.Petersburg

Lions Guard the City: Soviet Postcards Devoted to Lion Sculptures in St.Petersburg

This is another set of Soviet postcards. Those were published in 1979 and are devoted to numerous lion sculptures of St.Petersburg.  During aristocratic Russian era in late 18th and 19th century
there were quite a few of those were erected in St.Petersburg (it was a capital at time), but seems none of them were built during Soviet Era, probably lion wasn't favoured by new regime.
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3 Boat Church in Russia

Boat Church in Russia

They say this is a one in a world Church that looks like a boat. It was built in a village for donations and private funds of the architect.
It costed them around $300,000 to build it and they say it's made in Byzantian style. Let's see a bit more photos of this church.
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3 Golden Time of USSR: Year 1981

Golden Time of USSR: Year 1981

Late 1970s were considered to be golden era of Soviet Union. World War 2 is much behind, the country is already rebuilt. Oil prices were high, which brought stable income and inflow of dollars. Space program was on its top - new ships, new space stations, even sometimes a few manned ships
were launched at same time. In fact, oil price was even higher than it's now - $90/barrel, which compared to $20 in 1990s was a blessing. Things were so good that USSR even moved its army into Afghanistan in 1980. So let's see some color photos from USSR - its best period:
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2 Soviet Ukraine: Photos of City of Kherson in Different Years

Soviet Ukraine: Photos of City of Kherson in Different Years

Russian Queen Ekaterina has founded Kherson as a fortress and shipbuilding dock in 1778. It was first ever Russian Black Sea Navy base. Soviet power over Kherson was established in 1920 after a short Russian Civil War.
 Biggest population of Kherson ever  - 365,000 people - was in 1989, right before the USSR collapse. Then it became a part of a independent Ukraine. Let's see some photos of the place during the Soviet reign:
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2 All Cosmonauts of USSR: Their Photos and Little Stories

All Cosmonauts of USSR: Their Photos and Little Stories

Since we are doing "Cosmonautics Day" today, here is another posting. Here is a set of Soviet postcards showing
all Soviet cosmonauts. Each postcard has a photo of a cosmonaut and his small story. Let's see, nice set.
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2 Rare Photos of Yuri Gagarin During His First Fifteen Hours After First Flight to Space

Rare Photos of Yuri Gagarin During His First Fifteen Hours After First Flight to Space

So since it's "Cosmonautics Day" today in Russia which is devoted to first flight to space, let's see some more interesting "Cosmonautics" photo. Namely we have here
photos of Yuri Gagarin made during first fifteen hours after he returned from his first ever flight to space. First photo is made two hours after he landed.
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5 Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Ruins of Cosmic Civilization: Fully Intact Abandoned Little Known Soviet Space Shuttles on Baikonur Launch Site

Today Russia celebrates the official "Cosmonautics Day" - space topic is all over screens today and even president Putin went to see new Russian movie about a space exploration. However, there is a page of history of USSR and now Russia which is pretty much sad and shows that the progress of space exploration in Russia doesn't advance now. Baikonur is a huge space launching
site. It was built and used by USSR but now is left in Kazakhstan. On it's territory there is a huge hangar where two artefacts of Soviet space legacy remains. They stay here for over twenty years behind the close doors and are covered with thick layer of dust. Russian blogger Ralph went there and now we have the pictures here, let's see:
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0 Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980

Japanese TV Films Moscow in 1980

Take a look at this nice vid. A Japanese TV, namely TBS company, went to Moscow in year 1980 and filmed what they saw there. Pretty interesting to watch now, Japanese is known for their search for pecularities rather that just filming around, so they filmed some nice details
of life during that time in USSR. What can be noted - people, especially men, are much less fat than now. Woman who published this video says her husband was an operator for this footage and got himself a copy. Watch before they take it down (they can).

4 USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan

USSR during 1980s: Documentary Photography by Vadim Kachan

Today we continue publishing rare archive photos of USSR during its late times. Here is a photographer Vadim Kachan who was enjoying photographing
people during 1980s. He lived at time in Minsk (now Belarus) and was a constant in a local photography club. Let's take a look at his photos:
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4 Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol City in Early 1970s

Sevastopol is a city in Crimea. Was stormed by British and French during siege of Sevastopol in 1854. Was a bombed by nazis during WW2. Was a navy base during USSR. Stayed as a Russian naval base in 1990s after USSR collapsed. Was declared to be a Russian city by
Russian parliament in 1993. Parliament got bombed by Yeltsin, the decision had to be taken back (for the first time in history). No matter of it's rich history was pretty calm and nice city in 1970s. Let's see some postcards of the city at that time:
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