The End of the USSR

The End of the USSR

It is a bit sad photo report about the end of the world USSR. The pictures were taken in 1990-1991 by photographers George Steinmetz, Peter Turnley who visited the country at that hard time.

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Someone had much…

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Others had nothing…

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People are at some embassy.

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The first western shops attracted crowds of people.

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It’s the sign of one of the first commercial and industrial purchasing cooperative.

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Such trade “right from hands” was illegal till 1992.

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The End of the USSR

There appeared a new kind of service… You know what service we mean.

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The End of the USSR

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The End of the USSR

Russian women escape to the west, Asia, Africa…

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“We trust the Russian Parliament. It has our hope!” New leaders gave new hope.

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The End of the USSR

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Perestroika left behind.

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Ahead was only suspense…

via kleomen

38 thoughts on “The End of the USSR”

  1. Societies that kill so many of their own people, or very large empires, all eventually collapse in the end. If you are too evil, or too big, you will come to an end.

  2. “There appeared a new kind of service… You know what service we mean.” – Umm, no i don’t. The service i think you mean is hardly new, anywhere in the world.

  3. So now there’s food and all the things you can afford to buy, but also rampant crime, too many cars and crazy drivers. I wonder if things got really better…

    • no, it,s much better to starve and fear your neighbours telling the police you brought some undregistered meat from your aunt in the country yesterday.

      Some people lack the basic idea what the communism is…

    • Lenin died in 1924 (poisoned?), Stalin took power, he wasn’t even Russian, he brought USSR into modern world, industry, excellent education eventually – yet killed several millions of his own people, wrecked the military command in 1937-8, provided badly needed leadership against the Nazi’s in the War, then another purge after the war – he was a paranoid psychopath but did many great things. How on earth can anyone judge this mess? Soviet people both gained and lost – in long run, probably gained. At least USSR stood up to the USA.

      • URSS stood up to USA…..Did that put food in your table? Did that bring liberties to you and yor family?

  4. Huge change after communism.. but still who has the power in Russia nowadays. Aren’t there people from KGB? Yet Putin was KGB man…

    • Such terrible human tragedy canot be fixed in one or two generations. perhaps a century will pass before the russian people achieve some kind of normality in their lives.

  5. 山下智久love the nokia lumia,
    Katyn Massacre, 1st september of 1939 (capturing Poland and starting WWII TOGETHER with Hitler), Kolyma? Please refresh your HISTORY knowledge, cause Stalin is a PROVEN mourder. Big Ukrainian leak of food (and ukrainians love Soso still)… What about you, people? Blindness. This is real propaganda. Stalin can kill you and you will love:D
    Stalin was a thief (Ribentropp-Molotov secret pact)and mourder (you can visit Katyn, Miednoje, Harkow… But forgive my lies:D Nationalism is not patriotism thing. Yes, Stalin was a mourder of own near people (Jezow NKWD). Trotsky know the truth:D

    PS: Your chinese link is blinding your mind. Comunism… So many people died and what? Nothing:D

  6. I think that those was the results of the dictatorship. People get sick of dictators, and want to try something else. But the results can be not so good.
    Who was rich, who had power in Soviet times, is still rich and incresed their power with capitalism.
    Who was poor, is still poor and decreased their conditions of life.

  7. Thank you for downloading Soviet photo from Novaya Zemlya web server. Your download speed was smoking hot 10 baud because from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) damage to local network infrastructure from Tsar Bomba (10/30/1961). Also, cardboard box got wet in 1989 from tipsy Yuri falling asleep and making pee pee on network gateway.

    Your download begin in 1991. Apologize for 21 year download time and working to improve user experience. Expect to have Soviet state of art 14.4 KB experience by 2065. Apology that alternative — Dog Sled File Transfer (DSFT) protocol failed (was necessary to eat dogs and burn sled because of strong winter). Unfortunately, no Sneaker Net Protocol possible in 3 meter radioactive snow.

    L. Pushkin – Head of Section

  8. Don’t you think that seventy years of broken promises, wars, hunger, gulags and “long live to the current comrade” wasn’t enough?

  9. Love you, MOTHER RUSSIA!!!! Love you, wonderful people with the best soul in the whole world! Please, survive!!! You struggled so much….Nobody in the world will understand….Happy Victory Day!!!

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