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sovietpostcards · 2 days ago
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The Two. Kiyevsky train station. Photo by Mikhail Trakhman (Moscow, 1960s).
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probablyasocialecologist · 17 hours ago
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Stalin’s logic was the same as that of any capitalist who faces competitive pressure from a bigger rival – to tell his workers to make every conceivable ‘sacrifice’ in order to compete. For Stalin the way to ‘catch up with the West’ was to copy all the methods of ‘primitive accumulation’ employed elsewhere. The British industrial revolution had been based on driving the peasants from the land through enclosures and clearances; Stalin smashed peasant control of the land through ‘collectivisation’ which forced millions to migrate to the cities. British capitalism had accumulated wealth through slavery in the Caribbean and North America; Stalin herded millions of people into the slave camps of the gulag. Britain had pillaged Ireland, India and Africa; Stalin took away the rights of the non-Russian republics of the USSR and deported entire peoples thousands of miles. The British industrial revolution had involved denying workers the most elementary rights and making men, women and children work 14 or 16 hours a day; Stalin followed suit, abolishing the independence of the unions and shooting down strikers.
Chris Harman, A People's History of the World
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Experimental Soviet architecture: Apartment buildings in Minsk, Belarus, built in 1982.
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my-russia · 7 months ago
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First computer animated cat ever - “Koshechka” (”A kitty”), 1968
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problemstheclown · 6 months ago
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The socialist fraternal kiss is a special greeting that was used in the USSR and eastern european countries since the October Revolution of 1917. The greeting consists of a hug followed by three kisses on the cheeks. If the people greeting each other were close, it was common for the third kiss to be given on the mouth instead.
The russian custom of greeting people with three kisses on the cheeks precedes the founding of the Soviet Union by centuries, going back to ritual traditions of the Orthodox Church in the beginnings of the Czardom in Russia. The greeting, then, was an allusionto the Holy Trinity. The custom was retaken by the russian worker’s movement at the end of the 19th century, in contrast to the custom imposed by the Czarist regime, where subjects and subordinates had the obligation of kissing the hands of the nobility and aristocracy. By putting the greeters on equal footing, the worker’s greeting became a symbol of equality, fraternity, and solidarity, being incorporated in the etiquette of the bolshevik revolutionaries and being used as an expression of unity amongst the working class.
After the October Revolution, the ritualization of the gesture was consolidated, turning it into a protocol greeting between members of the soviet government—even if the adhesion wasn’t entirely consensual, at first. The symbolic gesture of comradery and socialist solidarity was exported to other countries through the Communist International, becoming especially popular in East Europe. Being more reserved, the socialists of Asian countries adopted a modified version, exchanging the three kisses for three hugs. Cuba, on the other hand, adopted the custom of the three kisses on the cheeks, but did not adopt the kiss on the mouth, due to the amorous implications that a kiss on the mouth had in the western world. The greeting was also adopted by other socialist leaders in the Third World and by autonomy movements aligned with the socialist ideal, such as the Palestine Liberation Organization and the African National Congress.
In the Soviet Union, the intensity of the fraternal greeting served as an indicator of the degree of alignment and commitment between leaders. The omission of the greeting used to mean that the relationships with another country where shaken—a notable example being the absence of hugs, kisses, or even the word “comrade” on diplomatic meetings with the chinese after the Sino-Soviet Split. Leonid Brezhnev was by far the greatest adept of the fraternal kiss, starring in a series of anecdotes about the habit—including a well-known story in which Fidel Castro, in his visit to the Soviet Union in 1974, disembarked the plane already smoking a cigar, as to prevent any “excessive intimacy” from the soviet leader.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent “westernization” of the russian culture, the habit was abandoned, although it still persists to this day between older citizens and more isolated populations in Russia.
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Joseph Stalin greeting the pilot Vasily Molokov in 1936.
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“Our army is an army for the liberation of the workers“. Soviet poster from 1939.
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A Czech woman greets a soviet soldier after the liberation of Prague, on May 5th, 1945.
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Soldiers of the Red Army kiss each other after the declaration of victory over Nazi Germany, in 1945.
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A soviet and romanian rowers kiss each other during a sports competition in 1953.
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Swimmer Maria Havrish kissing her rival, Elena Kovalenko, who had just defeated her in a competition in the Spartakiad of The Peoples of The USSR, in 1956.
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Leonid Brezhnev and other officers greeting soviet cosmonauts returning from a space mission.
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Leonid Brezhnev greeting the USamerican choreographer Annie Hallman, member of a US delegation visiting the Soviet Union in 1973.
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Leonid Brezhnev greeting East German leader Erich Honecker during the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the German Democratic Republic. Berlin, October 4th, 1979.
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Soviet swimmers Alexander Sidorenko and Sergey Fesenko kissing after winning, respectively, the gold and silver medals during the Olympic Games in Moscow, 1980.
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Ushangi Davitashvili kisses the bust of Joseph Stalin in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on December of 2012.
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“Fraternity“, sculpture by Karel Pokorný made in 1947, representing a Czech soldier kissing a Soviet soldier, in the Air Force Museum of Moscow.
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chismosite · a year ago
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8.11.20, Belarus
Citizens protest the illegitimate election of Lukashenko, entering his 6th term. In response to protests, police have deployed tear gas and water canons against demonstrators, as Lukashenko has vowed not to let the country be divided. 
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This should be familiar to Americans. As countries worldwide refuse to move away from capitalism in order to respond to the pandemic and income inequality, they are turning to fascism like they did in response to the Great Depression.
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blackros78 · 2 months ago
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Soviet punks during Moscow coup attempt(1991)
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enriquemzn262 · 26 days ago
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Soviet General Boris Gromov, commander of the 40th Combined Arms Army, becomes the last Soviet soldier to leave Afghanistan on 15 February 1989.
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American Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, becomes the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan on 30 August 2021. 
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humanoidhistory · 8 months ago
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On the occasion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, enjoy this clip from the 1985 Soviet TV adaptation of “The Hobbit.”
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sovietpostcards · 2 days ago
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Chess players in Gorky Park. Photo by Igor Stomakhin (October 21, 1987, Moscow).
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balkansoul · 6 months ago
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Yugoslav, Chinese and Soviet posters celebrating International Working Women’s Day. 
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vintagepromotions · 25 days ago
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“Do not crush!”
Soviet Ukrainian Society of Hunters and Fishermen wildlife preservation poster reminding farmers not to crush small animals when using machines to work the fields (1965). Artwork by A.P. Anyuchin.
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my-russia · 4 months ago
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Moscow, USSR
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grupaok · a month ago
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Galina Sanko, In Foreign Soil. Russia, 1941 (printed 1970)
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sacredwhores · 4 months ago
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Jean-Noël René Clair - CCCP (1996)
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sovietdebris · 27 days ago
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Nikolai Yeryshev "Self-portrait in the all-service protective gear ”. 1978  Николай Ерышев “Автопортрет в ОЗК”. 1978
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enriquemzn262 · 3 months ago
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This video will always represent what peak Cold War aesthetic is all about.
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