54 thoughts on “Moscow And Leningrad in 1990”

  1. Awful times …. in East Europe back then ….

    Everyone would get a portion of food there was much poverty .

    Most of the stuff was made for export and was not much left for the population .

    Looks nasty. Dosn’t look as neat as it was during communism and it doesn’t look modern either. Allthough, heard that 1990’s was rather fun time over in Russia.

    • A little thing called the OCTOBER REVOLUTION. Sounds weird, but it goes by the Gregorian calendar, which, to much of the world, would have been 25 October.

      Igor Glek, a Russian chess master, was born that day in 1961, but I don’t think the sign-carrier considers chess to be that bad. 🙂

  3. Life has become better for many since then, but certainly not all, and we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of a strong cultural identity. Almost everything that has happened after 91 in Russia has its origins in the west. Sad, but true. I think also popular culture has become too dominant in modern Russia.

  4. Just think that if Russia was not a commie nation and worked on freedom instead of oppression it could have been more powerful and influential.

    Both our nations the USA and Russia are threated by another hitler from Iran that no one has the will to stop before they biuld enough bombs to wipe out the west witch now includes Russia .

  5. To worker-intellectuals everywhere (although there are very few in the anti-intellectual U.S.), it will forever be Leningrad. Not a cult of personality but to honor a founder of the Soviet State. Stalin and his anti-Marxist terrorist-criminal followers created the cult of personality.

        • What you have a commie pinko calendar or something? lol, just kidding.. do you? Does the calandar feature a female Communist of the Month? Like Miss. Tankist, etc. etc.?

    • Calling the city Leningrad was the last thing Lenin himself would have wanted, just as being dumped in a glass box outside the Kremlin instead of being burried next to his mother and sister in St. Petersburg. But apparently not honouring the last wishes of the revered leader is the thing to do for self declared worker-intellectuals (who are probably out of work).

  6. Two men from Georgia conquered Russia. Sad but true.
    Lenin murdered 10 million from war, terror, famine and disease. Comrade Stalin: 23 million. When you calculate the time in power: the father of Marxism in Russia is all time champ.

  7. A. Bunka here. I think ya forgot something there Boris what about the demographic effects of a hugely reduced birth-rate: 10 Million and the emmigration of 2 Million
    Russians fleeing the slaughter. You know, the 2 million Russians with education and money enough to run.

  8. Is that the first Mcdonalds in Russia?Today the line to get inside to order a big greasy tasty Big Mac is still very long like it was when it first opened.

  9. Aaahh Soviet Union had its bread line USA has its lines in front of the apple store before the release of a new product. People spend days in front of the store. Before black fridays some spend the night in front of the store before it opens and when the door opens some die in stampede (Wall-Mart). Last year in NY I saw some people sleeping in front of Whole Food. They were quietly waiting to buy a reusable shopping bag made by a designer. People can wait 20mn (always) quietly on the Starbucks queue to get an overpriced and oversweeteneted coffee that give them later diabetes. Some people waited several hours before the could vote at the presidential election (turn out was only 56% compared to 86% for France presidential election 2007). Before halloween you can see also huge quiet (always) lines in front of comic shops. They are sometimes lines in some store in NY all the times like Abercrombie and Fitch on 5th avenue.
    Examples like that a numerous. United States IS the country of the lines and queues.

    • In the US people stand in line and sometimes fight with each other to get the government handouts from Obama’s “stash”. Pathetic. These are the bums that are too lazy to work, for the most part. Americans standing in line to buy an I-pad or some such have nothing better to do.

  10. “One man named Ben Gustafson came on visit to Leningrad and Moscow in 1990 with a camera and here’s the photo result…”

    Ok, and who is this mysterious “Ben Gustafson?” Certainly he is a novice, and does not understand any of the arts, or any of operation of his camera.

    Brilliant post! Could have found these bad tourist photos in any post flea-market dumpster in US or EU, and would have paid me to remove the trash! LOLZ!

  11. Pictures like this capture a moment in time. Its quite interesting but would have been more interesting if there were captions. That could be said for many of the pictures here in ER.

  12. Poor souls didn’t know what they were getting into. At least neoliberalism is dead thanks to the economic crisis as of late.

  13. by the way – are you sure that there were BREAD lines in USSR? – there were lines for many things those years, but I don’t remember BREAD lines? Maybe during ww2?…or maybe somewhere in Siberia?…As I lived those years in betveen of Moscow and St.Petersburg (for some reasons) I can hereby certify that there were no BREAD lines in USSR in those 2 cities after ww2. Anybody can enlighten me on the subject? Maybe something wrong is with my memory?

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