Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

These are photos of Leningrad taken from photo albums of foreign tourists who visited the city from the late 70s up to 1991. Some of them you might see on our website, here they are randomly collected in one post.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Rush hour in Leningrad.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Taking a break from work.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Is this Strategy-31? (A series of civic protests in support of the right to peaceful assembly in Russia.)

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1987.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

‘Photography’ photo shop on Vladimirsky Avenue.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Nevsky Avenue and the Admiralty building.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1991.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1983.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

The Triumphal Arch on Moskovsky Avenue.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1985.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1988.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Sadovaya Street, 1988.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

A tram, 1985.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

A fire department.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1985.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

A bus, 1988.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1977.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

The 25th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

1991.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

It was very interesting for tourists to study everyday life of citizens of Leningrad.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

People at that time were kind-hearted and sort of naive.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

‘The Most Charming’ in Molodezhny Movie Theater.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Nevsky Avenue.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Foreigners like taking pictures of lines.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

A line to a liquor store.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

In 1991, shelves were empty even in Leningrad.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

A farmer’s market.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

People are still happy.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

It was some kind of an attraction to weigh oneself on the street.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

Russians drink a lot. This may be vodka.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

‘Soft drinks’.

Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers

24 thoughts on “Photos of Retro Leningrad Taken By Foreign Travellers”

  1. Last picture shows the way Russia went after they abandoned our glorious Soviet ideology: youth gangs, mafia and reckless crime!

    • Yeah because the Soviet Union never had problems with any of that under your beloved Soviet ideology. May i make a suggestion? Don’t believe everything you read. Especially when it’s all being published under the watchful eye of government editors.

      • Oh, you mean the US with its Patriot Act!

        The problems during Soviet rule were a lot less than after Soviet rule (for Russians, lol), so STFU about things you don’t know.

    • ROFLMAO
      The glorious Soviet ideology filled with corruption on an unimaginable scale that bankrupted the country
      You should be a comedian, maybe you are

    • That’s what happens when you have unrealistic central planners making decisions for society at large based on ideology. Now all you see is cars parked everywhere they shouldn’t be, because they never planned for parking beyond the needs of a few.

  2. the picture that shows and old man drinking from a glass with the ironic description “Russians drink a lot. This may be vodka.” is just sparkling water or lemonade from those ugly soviet era public “vending machines” you can see behind.

    … sometimes i wonder if the editor of this website ever lived in USSR/RUSSIA.

  3. Those vending / drink dispensing machines always blow my mind. They can’t possibly be hygienic and what stopped everyone from just taking the glasses home and starting a collection? Even the Soviet
    Union had it’s dishonest people, they’re only human too, heck the government was full of them! lol

  4. “25th Congress of the Communist Party” – Wow that sign is over the top ostentatious for a socialist communist party meeting!

  5. I can attest to these photos. I lived in Leningrad in 1979, and when I look at the over 400 photos I have, I am also amazed at how big most of the streets were then BUT almost entirely EMPTY — no cars, hardly any people (Nevsky was sort of an exception)

  6. Nice collection – in my mind I was seeing Leningrad during the horror of the
    Nazi siege 1941-1944 as I watched the bright colors and good looking people – women NOT wearing blue jeans – and yes, how nice to see streets NOT choked with traffic. (yes, I drive a car, in Seattle)

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