1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

As our readers know, in our project, the 20th century in color every year usually consists of two parts: the USSR / Russia and the rest of the world.

1976 – a golden time of our childhood, the early “Stagnation”.

Congresses, toasts, slogans, songs!

The delegation of the Armed Forces of the USSR greets the XXV Congress of the CPSU (February 24 – March 5, 1976). Kremlin Palace of Congresses. Yuri Abramochkin / RIA Novosti:

 

There was a Stagnation, but Soviet science, industry and trade every day reported about the new successes and achievements.

In 1976, in Naberezhnye Chelny automaker plant “KamAZ” was launched:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

The first car of KamAZ has driven from the main assembly line on February 16, 1976.

The ceremonial of the first Kamaz trucks release, 16.02.1976, Eugene Logvinov and Boris Klipinitser, TASS photochronicle:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Riga has begun producing a new “Rafik” the RAF 2203, which will be on the line right up to 1997. Advertising poster of 1976 with the first example:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

And this is the millionth ZIL on the factory, which Russian capitalism then will just wipe off the map. 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Meanwhile, at the VAP they were trying to create another Soviet electric car. Soviet electric car VAZ- 280, 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

In 1976, the first computer appeared in Lipetsk. It was installed in the computing center of provincial department. The third generation of Soviet computers:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

In 1976, in the same Lipetsk there was the opening of the first fish shop “Ocean”, a photo from the magazine “Soviet trade”:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

There were no “Empty shelves” in the country!

Yes, something you needed to “get” somewhere or stand in queue, but the banquet tables of Soviet citizens in those years, were full with all sorts of snacks and “batteries” of alcohol.

What to bring from the Caucasus. Photo of Finnish tourists made in Georgia, 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

In recent decades, the USSR brought a scattering of cult Soviet film every year and 1976-th is not an exception.

On January 1, 1976, there will be the premiere of the film “Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!”, which will become one of the symbols of the era:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Some pictures from a film give a sketch of the Soviet life:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Talking about the memorable films  we have “12 chairs” with Andrei Mironov and Lyubov Polishchuk:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

And the major hit was the family musical film “Mother” with Gurchenko and Boyarskiy:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

1-2 January 1976, the premiere of the film “The Adventures of Buratino ” that forever entered the life of Soviet children:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

But among the Soviet premiers of 76-th there were such films to which children were not allowed, and parents tried to get away them from the TV screen.

Svetlana Toma in a scene of Rada Lotyanu swimming ” Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven ” 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Musical life in the country is also rich. “Pesnyary” band released hit album “Vologda”, the title track of which became the unofficial anthem of the city with the same name:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

However, the song of the year of 1976 was the memorable “Belarus” from the same “Pesnyary”:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

It also became the unofficial anthem of Belarus:

My youth, Belarus,

Song of the Partisans, pine trees and fog.

Song of the Partisans, scarlet dawn,

My youth, Belarus

Incredible, but I remember how parents listened to a record of this song in the countryside in 1976!

Style of Soviet citizens in 1976 on the image of Jacques Dyupake:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

The era of jeans is still far, and even women’s pants are a rarity. But the bright colors are in fashion for a long time.

A typical winter clothing from the 76th:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Those who lived at the time, never forget these handsets and modest charm of Soviet eateries:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

1976 in the Soviet Union can’t be imagined without the ubiquitous buses LIAZ-677, that evil tongues for some reason called “cattle carriers”:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Comparing with them new Hungarian “Ikarus” seemed a miracle of modern design, although the design was created in the mid-1960s:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

For holidays there are always a lot of red scenery and portraits of members of the Politburo, but the clouds were not dispersed.

On Nevsky Prospekt in 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

May Day in St. Petersburg was really hot!

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

May Day demonstration in Moscow in 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

On the international arena, as we recall, the year was pretty calm – hosts of “International Panorama” spoke about the ” international detente “.
The Soviet Union was in the zenith of its power, the number of its friends and allies in the world continued to grow because of the countries of the “Third World” that have chosen the path of socialist orientation.

Meeting of Brezhnev with young Libyan leader Gaddafi, 1976

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

And Fidel!

CPSU General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev and Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro. 01.07.1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Leonid Ilyich, by the way, on May 7, 1976 was promoted to the rank of marshal:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

1976 was one of the first years in the legendary Soviet hockey history – we took the gold at the Olympics!

USSR national hockey team on a triumphant Olympics 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

But who was the main hero of the Soviet 76th?

Shavarsh Karapetyan, who saved 20 people from the sunken trolleybus in Yerevan September 16, 1976:

1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago

Surely, there was something else important in 1976 that I have forgotten but it is impossible to remember everything.

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2 thoughts on “1976 year in color. Life in the Soviet Union 40 years ago”

  1. Life in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Baltic states rocked. But moving to those places from another city was not allowed by state authorities.

    Everywhere else, life sucked. In 1976, I lived in a large industrial city. In my class of 40 students, only 1 student had a home phone, because his father was a manager of a factory. In Moscow, every single person had a home phone.
    In our stores, all you could find were these pyramids of canned food you can see on one of these photos, because there was nothing else in the stores.
    Chocolate did not exist in our stores, you had to go to Moscow to buy it.
    This SOB Brezhnev must have eaten 10 times more meat in one day than our whole family in one month. His dogs ate more, for sure.
    Meat and butter were rationed, we could only buy one pound of butter per month per person (400 grams) and 3 pounds of meat per person (1400 grams). Meat included any “meat product” including bones, and butter sometimes had a lot of water in it (they blended water into butter in the milk factories to steal the difference). But in Moscow nothing was rationed, you could buy whatever you wanted. We went to Moscow as you would go to another country, like from Zimbabwe to Italy.

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