Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Twenty four (or there abouts) bright photos from the Soviet years from 1921 to 1990. These photos have been selected to remind us of how it was and just to enjoy. Let’s start without further ado. By the way, the first photo is not just some semi-naked dudes, but famous Russian athletes from different sports engaging in arm-wrestling in 1980. Let’s move on: 

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Waiting for his date to arrive. 1980.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

St. Petersburg, in the 1980s.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

A famous Russian actor in 1980.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Pupils cleaning the classroom (it was sort of obligatory in Soviet schools). 1981.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Karpov – Kasparov chess match. A judge checks the chair to be sure nothing is hidden in there. 1984.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

The closing ceremony of the 1980 Soviet Olympics. The bear flies away at the final chord, causing thousands or even millions of Soviets to cry.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Getting back from school.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

“Come buy some bagels”. Then below: “Out of bagels”.Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

“The bats”. 1984.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

A famous Russian comic – you should be able to see him in the middle. 1980.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Jumping rope. 1985.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

“Dreaming of something else”. 1989.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Here is a funny thing written on the bricks: “Not every student has got an opportunity to live generously – build for free the piggeries for the Soviet collective farms”. So they were students who were taken from their universities to the countryside to engage in building stuff – real construction jobs – for free, without being paid a wage. Soviet students did this. Doctors, lawyers – no matter what their university course was.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

The inheritance. (Of a famous Russian football-soccer player).Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Now this is cool: do you know what those people are lining up for? Not to see a rock band, not to attend a music event at all. Not for food. Not for some free stuff. They came here to stand in line in this long line – it goes up to the end of this building – the museum where the new art works of a famous Russian painter had just arrived. Just imagine!

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

Pink Floyd in Russia. Look, they wear a shirt with “Red Navy” written on it, which mocks the Russian translation of Pink Floyd. Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

A street in Moscow.

Selected Shots of the Soviet Past

A rehearsal of an old Moscow circus.

Hope you liked them!

7 thoughts on “Selected Shots of the Soviet Past”

    • I think they do very well, especially considering English isn’t their first language. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a post I couldn’t at the very least get the gist of, and it’s a hell of a lot better than anything Google Translate can do for Russian. If you speak Russian better than they do English, I suggest you offer your services!

  1. Nice set of pictures.

    I recently learned about Aokigahara in Japan on the net.

    Considering doing a set of pictures on suicide in Russia and haunted places. Thanks in advance.

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