Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Past always seems to be better than it really was. As if people were kinder, the country was stronger, the city was cleaner… But photos like these ones return us to reality – those times were rather contradictory. They were made in 1984 in Moscow by a Dutch traveller Aad van der Drift.

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

“Glory to the communist party of the Soviet Union!”.

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

“March 4th, 1984 – Come to the elections!”

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Bus stop.

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

External passport of the author of these pictures.

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

“Party is immortality of our business!”

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

Moscow 30 Years Ago

“Shoeshine”.

 

23 thoughts on “Moscow 30 Years Ago”

  1. Only those who lived under conditions know misery of living in police state. Brainwashing with propaganda and party leaders who lived in luxury. Others starved and were exterminated by KGB secret police.

    NO one had personal address books, because you would be arrested when the person with address book was arrested (with your name) enemy of state.

    • Are you talking about the USA?

      Because I have many addressbooks from my grandma and parents who were born and lived in the Soviet Union. Noone cared if you had addressbooks, they were sold in shops everywhere. Or is this more of the American propaganda we all learned to love?

    • These people may not lived lavishly, but live normally. Much better than the wildest stratification of society now. And alcoholics and drug abusers, rapists and murderers was much smaller and honest and kind people more, here is the paradox that?

        • You see why my parents and relatives are quite good although people lived in “totalitarian” USSR. They got a good education, they were working, they were free allocation of apartments, free taught and treated free. So you’re the idiot for not seeing the obvious)

    • I’m definitely no communist but what decades of the USSR are you talking about?!?!

      The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were different from the 30’s!

      The main group that was persecuted throughout the entire period of the USSR were protestant Christians.

    • Indeed, as my parents and other relatives there survived — they had cars, were free apartments were plots with houses on them, free education, free medicine, a cheap gas prices\water\gasoline\food, public transport, even apartments were given free. Awful lived, not as in democratic 90s.

  2. They were happy with the Soviet lifestyle, however much Western media portrays them as victims of a blood-thirsty regime.

    • little do you know…America was shooting for the stars in 1984 whereas in Russia one couldn’t buy bananas…people were primates, uneducated, brain washed fools..buying loafs of bread without wrapping…and eating at restaurants from greasy plates…but sure, they were very happy because they didn’t know better…same like N Koreans today

      • What differs it all with stories of parents and relatives, as well as with photos. Maybe you got brain washed USA propaganda? Or maybe you ought to ask those people who then lived in the USSR?

      • Russians couldn’t buy bananas due to sanctions, no? Access to fruits that were growable in the USSR like apples was normal.

        • Yes. You could buy apples in USSR. Each odd Wednesday every even month, weather providing. Unless the last five-year plan ordered to export all apples to Africa to buy copper for the AK-47 cartridges.

  3. There was nothing free in the CCCP. The people paid for it with their poverty and sorry lifestyle. As we say in the USA: There’s no free lunch.

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