Soviet People

Soviet People

Another selection of colorful photos from back in Soviet times. Usually they are either in color but look like propaganda, or if they are more informal they are black and white. This time they are in color and don’t look like propaganda. So let’s take a look. 

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“Moscow vs St. Petersburg competition”

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Just some people outside.

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Granny and her kid.Soviet People

Cold Russian winters.

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Those are Volga cars – mainly used by the executives at that time, so it’s some important building here with Red Flag.

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A bar.

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A Moscow underground crossing.

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Big picture of Lenin.

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People line up for something.

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Modelists.

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Winter on the Red Square.

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Soviet symbols are everywhere.

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Moscow streets.

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Again Volga cars, this time used by the police.

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Russian South.

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Dances.

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A toddler with her parents.Soviet People

Some important building.

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Pioneers on the Red Square.

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Women’s salon.

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The snow cleaners. Women.

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Lining up for a “Fruit and Veggie” shop.

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Snow and electric trolleybuses.

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Seniors bring first graders into the school.

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Kids on the balcony.

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Not much stuff is on display.

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People in the shop.

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Red Zaporozhets.Soviet People

Soviet mens fashion.

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Crimea!

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Bus ticket booth.

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Soviet high schoolers on the beach.

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Going down the metro.

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Another shop.

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And another street.

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In the young people’s school.

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The Kremlin and a hotel, which has been demolished by now.Soviet People

Family at the fountain.

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Lining up was normal.Soviet People

Hope you liked them!

26 thoughts on “Soviet People”

  1. Yes, thank you for such vivid pictures. The despair in soviet people is usually highlighted with photos of poor and grey weather, but obviously you can’t change the weather in capitalist countries either.

    The lack of selection in material goods does not prevent people from smiling and being happy, as happiness is based on other things. Sunshine was also present in the soviet union, as well as women with their beautiful legs, men that are polite and act smart, hard workers, big emotions, love and sadness, birth and death. I could watch pictures of soviet-realism for hours.

  2. 4th pic “Granny and her kid” is very similar to Moskovsky Victory Park in Leningrad. I remember those concrete elephants, they looks very strange today. I walked there with my grandma in the same manner.

  3. Thanks again for the historical pictures. Few of us in the west realize just what the Soviets had just experienced and how far they had come since the horrors of WWII. I completely agree with the belief at the time that “first everyone should have enough”.

  4. Stayed once in the Rossiya hotel: certainly the cheapest way to sleep with a view on the Kremlin (less than 70€, back in 2001). Shame they decided to demolish it, as, renewed, it could have been a wonderful palace ! Certainly some huge backhanders here and there…

      • Of course it did not. But the wasteland replacing it since its destruction is even worse. And I’m not sure the luxury buildings that will replace it (one day or another) will fit either…

        • There will no any luxury building instead of Rossiya hotel. Government plans to make park or recreation zone here. May be high buildings are banned near the Kremlin due to security reasons.

        • Park will be on this place, until 2017. (sorry for my english, he is very poor).

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          • Thanks for the pics : I missed this part of the story.

            Why, until 2017 ? Do you mean “after 2017”, leaving the time to build it ?
            “Until” means it will be replaced by something else in 2017, so I guess that’s what you mean.

            I am happy to see it will be a park : the city center misses some indeed, so that’s a very good choice !

            • Moscow administration plans to build it for the City Day – 870 years of Moscow in 2017. That’s all that i know. Although it is not the fact that they will have time – it is a normal practice for Russia.

    • You’re lucky Alain!!! If wish I had the chance to sleep there before it was demolished 🙁 how was it? what did it look like inside?

      • Well, we had the luck to have a refurbished room : quality of a Novotel/Mercure, so quite correct. The breakfast was so-so, the lobby was full of hookers and mafiosi and there still was the unsmiling babushka watching you at each storey. So a nice mix of sovietism, derelict Russia and modernism, for a very honest price.

        But I heard stories of people with old, soviet rooms, full of cockroaches that flee away when you switched on the light. Hopefully we did not have that 😀

  5. Sergey, I love your English. You remind me of the way my father spoke. He died, so it is nice to hear someone with “poor English”, I think how he would have said it.

    • Well : I have been in NYC about 2-3 years ago, and parts of it were no better than Moscow today (I was especially ashamed with the local tube !). And I guess it was almost the same thing 30 years ago. Just different problems…

  6. The picture of the couple with the little one in the carriage was so tender–the baby has such a beautiful smile, and the parents look to be so loving. Brought tears to my eyes– I wonder what they are doing now?

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