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Ashes and ruins. What remained after the Soviet Union

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

In 1991 broke up the USSR, and the beginning of the nineties was a transitional period from the Soviet system to normal economic relations. My feeling is the period of transition lasted until the late nineties, and in the time it surfaced all the problems that scoop were suppressed.

You know — when the fans of the USSR tell you about the “horrors of the nineties” — they actually tell you about the horrors of the scoop, which suddenly became possible to write in the press. From the point of view of life some 1992 post-Soviet year differed little from the Soviet 1989 or 1990 — people in the apartments were the same miserable interiors, the streets were occupied with the same rusty Soviet cars, and a Smoking Soviet factories similarly poisoned the air — just scoop all this show was not accepted/not, and with the end of the scoop — show was possible. All the “horrors of the nineties” — including squalid apartment, rusty cars and broken roads was established in the scoop for several decades before its end.

The beginning of the nineties was a very interesting time — people suddenly realized how backward, poverty-stricken and wretched country, they until recently lived — listening to stories about the most modern missiles and stories about some future “communism.” In 1991, the year of the fairy tale is ended and people suddenly saw that all these years they lived in shitty free Khrushchev, among the poor and the gray of reality, dressed in dark grey clothes and ate aby what — with the end of the scoop came time to finally take a sober look at the reality.

In today’s post I publish a photo-collection of the ashes and ruins of what was left after 70 years of Soviet rule. Pictures made by two photographers — Jean-Paul Gioco and Alexander Chekmeneva in the period of the early nineties. In General, make sure you check out the article below, write your opinion in the comments, and of friends added do not forget. And telegram channel also subscribe.

02. Detox, 1993. In the early nineties the Soviet sobering-up stations are still quite a existed. In the photo to the right is a policeman in another Soviet form, which was still in the early nineties.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

03. Passer-by with a carton of eggs, too, 1993. The remaining vestiges of Soviet trade and the deficit — if a product poyavlyalsya in the store — it took a lot at once — a habit developed during the years of Soviet life.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

04. Street trade, the beginning of the nineties. Such as a street vendor was in the USSR, but in the nineties they became much more — because trade was finally resolved. Grandma in the photo dressed as a typical Soviet pensioner, as I described here in this post.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

05. And here’s some post-Soviet pensioners, who differed little from the Soviet one. Uniform, appearance, malignancy (grandmother) — it is as I described.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

06. So, now there will be several images of post-Soviet drunks. The company drank on some concrete block at the stairs, the drinks are absolutely Soviet — vodka “Russian” in the bottle “cap” and something fruit-best, like a vile of “Solntsedar” — from which the gastrointestinal tract was painted in stand blue. The young lady on the left bites drunk the the best in the world Soviet ice cream.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

07. Padmasana drunk, the beginning of the nineties — is also differs from classic Soviet alcoholicsthat were clustered at the shopping whole companies, collecting on the bottle and searching for companions. Showcase stores by the way too, still Soviet, judging by the design feature somewhere in the mid-to-late eighties using film adhesive.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

08. And that’s also very bright photos under the bench sleeping pissing drunk — obviously exactly the same as it did in the USSR. That is typical — people do not notice what is happening, in the old Soviet habit sensing poplavochnaja pissed drunk as an integral part of the surrounding fauna — a passing policeman (!), sitting on a bench and talk for two well-dressed women, etc.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

09. An eerie snapshot of a boy (probably the son) sitting near the lost human face on the basis of alcoholism body. Such lying around at bus stops alkanes was fairly commonplace for the scoop, and the early 1990s.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

10. A couple of shots of wretched Soviet transport, which remained in Vogue virtually all of the nineties — is gradually being replaced by something closer to normal by the end of the nineties. In the photo — the red Soviet Lada-“penny”, which was terrible squalor in comparison with normal Western cars. By the way, in the so-called “export versions” of cents, which are limited to buying from the USSR, was put reinforced metal frame to folded like a tin can on impact. And for private citizens worked on the principle “and so will descend”.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

11. Saint Petersburg, 1994, several Soviet machines in the background. Almost all the photographs of the nineties, all Soviet cars look like a rusty, dirty and crumpled rubbish — although many were no older than ten years.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

12. Rusty buses remaining from the scoop public transport, who walked to the end of the nineties, and in some places it was still possible to see and in the 2000s. In Minsk last Hungarian “Ikarus” was removed, it seems, in 2005-m 2006.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

13. And this is a terrible shovels the bus “LAZ” — which is terribly noisy, smelled, sucked into the cabin solarone the exhaust, and the back seat it turned into the stove due to working close to the engine.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

14. A little bit about the Soviet infrastructure inherited from the Soviet Union. The backyard of the hotel “Central” in Moscow, 1991. That’s exactly the same one-to-one looked in the scoop all sorts of back yards of the shops and other things like that — peeling and pissed the wall for years-washed window with curved rusty grates from rebar, some puddles, boxes and a truck movers. All gray and dirty.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

15. A couple of photos of Russian single-industry towns, a photo of the beginning of 1990-ies. There are landscapes was considered in the USSR, beautiful, worth remembering for example the frames of the film “Spring on Zarechnaya street”, where a young teacher with a smile and tenderness looks at the Smoking chimneys of the factories — industrialization goes around continuously pumped public use, well, it is!

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

16. Later, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, ended when the endless stream of propaganda in Newspapers and the media, people realized that to actually live in a horrible place with non-existent infrastructure, terrible housing and extremely hazardous industries around. “We were attacked by the horror of the nineties, it is our lamp, the Soviet Union, where we in Newspapers saying that our city is the best in the world!” — scream the fans of the USSR, residing in depressed dying company towns.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

17. In conclusion, a few portraits of people. Head khimkombinat Krasnoyarsk “Yenisei”, 1993. As you can see, in my head quite a continues of the Soviet Union and a portrait of Lenin:

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

18. Moscow, all in the Department store “Children’s world”, 1991. In the photo — the faces of those “happy Soviet citizens.”

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

19. Very strong and scary photo 1993, on tinymce — Erika görlitz, from the Volga Germans, in 1941 at the age of 16 years, was deported to a distant village. As you can see, over the decades of his life to scoop the man had turned into a typical Soviet grandmother.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

20. And the last photo — all in Moscow the early 1990s.

Тлен и руины. Что осталось после СССР

Here is the heritage remained from the Soviet Union.

Write in the comments what you think about all this. Remember the early nineties?

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