Russian Girl Katya

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This scanned book is being popular among the Russian bloggers lately, the links circulate among people and appear here and there.

This book is one from the series, called something like “Children of the World”. This one is devoted to Russian girl Katya, her everyday life and activities she experience. And yes, the captions are in English.

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71 thoughts on “Russian Girl Katya”

  1. Ok, im gonna write quickly, so i can get mnore people to read my comment.

    1. While i was scanning throw this pictures and saw the USSR map I was wondering… why didn’t they ever moved the capital city to a more neutral point in the domestic map, such as they did in the US and Brazil… just wondering cause “it covers 1/7” os the worlds surface, you might want a place that’s more near everyspot of the country… or now that USSR is no longer a country, why don’t they do that in Russia, it would hel de-centralize the country and create a new urban centre.

    2. So fuc**** cute the damn book!

    3. I have a mate called “Katia”. I like her.

    That’s it.

    • You obviously do not know much about Russia’s (former USSR) geography. The geographical center of Russia is a climatic nightmare, building a town there would not make any sense. Besides, the cultural core of Russia has always been in its European territory.

      BTW, what do you mean by moving the capital to a neutral point in the US? I thought the capital of US was Washington DC, not so much for geographically neutral spot considering the US geography.

      BTW, did founding Brasilia do any good to Brazil? Did moving the capital from Almaty to Astana do any good to Kazakhstan? I am not so sure.

      • Well, I live in Brasília and I’d say it seems to be a good thing. After Brasília, various remote regions in Brazil received more investments and evolved in quality of life and economic aspects. A good example of a gread investiment is the Belém-Brasília highway, which connects Brasília and Manaus, the capital of Pará. Also, Brazilians seems to be easier with such a neutral capital, and it surely is harder to hit militarily.

        Anyway, there are some issues, too. First, we should note that most of the investment ocurried during the military dictadorship which ruled Brazil between 60’s and 80’s. It is possible they would made the investment anyway, even without a capital change. Brasília’s economy is almost just about public services: it makes the economy most stable, but less diversed and very expensive for those who do not work to the government. Also, Rio de Janeiro, the previous capital, has become a bit decadend, with increasing violence and economic inequality.

        I’m not saying it would be a good idea to move Russian capital, I’m just presenting some points. Anyway, if I was a Russian governor*, I’d think about it: it might be uncomfortable to be too next to Europe, with its Napoleons and Hitlers 😉

        * Of course, I am not, and this is just a ignorant comment :p

      • I didn’t meant moving the US capital to anywhere. Actually, Washington D.C. was built in what AT THAT TIME was the “demographic center” of the US.

    • The most part of Russia is not so comfortable for living in a climate way. That’s because Syberia is very low-populated. The most part of Russian aiways lived in it’s western part, so Moscow became a capital historicaly..

  2. Great pictures! I remembered a lot of stuff there – like one of the textbooks =) Pretty nostalgic stuff. The orange stuff kids are eating is grated carrots + sugar, I used to love that stuff! Thanks for these pics.

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  4. Хорошее было время, люди не боялись потерять работу, дети ходили в школу учиться а не понтоваться шмотками и мобильниками, не страшно было ходить по ночным улицам. Жалко что об этих временах можно только вспоминать. Кстати, эти фото я видел на дня 2 назад, может пора бы самим искать материал, а не копировать с других сайтов.

  5. I’ve been reading this blog for more than a year and think I’ve read every single entry from before that (my workplace is VERY boring sometimes). I’d have to say that this is one of my favorite entries so far, it would be interesting to see some of the other “Children of the World” books from other countries as well (just a thought)… Just wanted to say thanks for the many hours of quality reading (and for all of the interesting things I’ve learned about Russia!).

  6. Jesus, even on pure propaganda pictures USSR looks dull and depresing. No wonder so many people decided to leave to USA, even though it wasn’t easy.
    Also lol at “there’s plenty of good food” – it’s obvious that there were some food problems, because seriously, what country brags about having food?

  7. Nice photo set, but maybe it is all Потёмкин-style staged? 😀 Must be from 1986 (when the movie “Чужая Белая и Рябой” from that poster in the 4th last picture came out)

    • No. The life of those years is shown absolutely authentically. I was born in 1986 and in the childhood I was surrounded with the same things.

      • Katya looks like she is about 10 years or so in these pictures, in other words born in the mid-70’s.
        I doubt you could actually remember much of the Soviet times, if you were borin in ’86; probably what you can recall is from post-Soviet collapse times.

        BTW, please correct if someone knows better but I think that colour TV:s were not really commonplace in ordinary Soviet homes in mid-80’s.

        • I was born in ’75, we got our first color tv-set in ’81, and our family was on the lower spectre of the average family income. The years shown are 86-87. There is nothing in the pictures that made them look nicer than it really was in those days(no Potyemkin-style staging), at least compared to where I am from (Uzbekistan, then part of Soviet Union). I remember exactly the same textbooks, we had same menus in school and I loved food prepared in school cafeterias, we wore the same uniforms as the kids in the pics and people in the street wore same style clothing/coats shown in the book. May appear kinda dull, but this is what it was.
          The pics show urban life. Conditions in the rural Soviet Union were generally inferior to those of the cities.

  8. This evil children book caused the collapse of the Soviet State. We say: “Needle that broke the Camel Back”. Katya determined by local party office to make exploitative propoganda children book for western nations. She and family exiled to gulag for crimes against state. When released from gulag Katya missing 3 toe and 4 tooth.

  9. When I come to this site, and read the comments – I must say – I am ashamed to be a Russian. So many of my former countrymen come here and cover their (former) motherland in dirt, it’s amazing. I guess I’m quite glad they left for the US.

    Embarassing. I wish whoever owns this site would take the comment section away.

  10. Это Катьке еще повезло, что она жила в Москве и что ее фоткали для буржуёзных журналов. Да и семья у нее видно, что приличная и образованная, врочем плохую семью бы и не стали снимать для иноземцев. Сейчас я думаю у нее все нормально.

  11. Do you know what happened to “Russian Girl Katya” after perestroika?
    She cheated by “white meat” en slavers for better life out of her country. However she served to other nations savors and finally became a sociopath or such a think, and still try to survive somewhere between us. Please no more Katya to waste a life after a dream.
    Do not use the words “only in Russia” this is just to create inferiority feeling,
    Be proud and upright.

  12. A personal phone is a bit much. Otherwise, seems quite normal for the period. Being a kid in Soviet Union was nice. Not so nice for the parents that had to provide for the family.

  13. I don’t understand why everybody scream propaganda here. My family lived exactly like Katya’s and we always had enough food.


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