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Photo from the open casket funeral of Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov.  His spaceflight on Soyuz 1 made him the first cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once and the first human to die during a spaceflight when the Soyuz 1 space capsule tragically crashed after re-entry on April 24, 1967. (pic via)

Find propaganda posters of Soviet space program  here

City of Shadows

City of Shadows is a series of long exposure photographs depicting the collapse of the Soviet Union, taken in 1991 by Alexey Titarenko.
Found here.

the road to space is Soviet

Soviet space program propaganda poster 3

In the name of peace

Soviet space program propaganda poster 4

We were born to make the fairy tale come true!

Soviet space program propaganda poster 5

Possession of Space!

Soviet space program propaganda poster 6

The way for man is open!

Soviet space program propaganda poster 9

In Space — Soviet way!

Soviet space program propaganda poster 10

Glory to the Soviet people – the pioneer of space!

Propaganda posters of Soviet space program 1958-1963. Found here.
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Soviet bus-stops / Christoper Herwig

Russian roadside bus stops documented by Christoper Herwig

via Chaz Hutton


The Georgian Ministry of Highway Construction (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1975)

90 buildings in 14 former-USSR republics build from 1970 until 1990  are photographed by Frédéric Chaubin in his book ‘CCCP, Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed’ (insisting ‘unintentionally-naively ’ as most west Europeans to read Cyrillic S same  as Latin C, Я as R, И as N, etc).  Nevertheless, the buildings’ forms reveal amazing inventiveness and plurality.

Druzhba Holiday Centre (Yalta, Ukraine, built 1984)

The Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development (Kiev, Ukraine, 1971)

The Palace of Ceremonies (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1985)

The House of Soviets in Kaliningrad, Russia. Begun in 1974, its construction was never completed because of its structural flaws and the collapse of the USSR

The Central Research and Design Institute for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (St Petersburg, Russia, 1987)

The architecture faculty at Minsk polytechnic, with a succession of overhanging lecture theatres (Minsk, Belarus, 1983)

Via the Guardian

перестройка hurts

Gruesome collection (set 1 & set 2) of Soviet Safety Posters. Found here.

O tempora! O mores!

This a very good portrait picture but what gives it historical value is the model . Leonid Brezhnev, the  Marshal of the Soviet Union (in office1964 –1982) is pictured while talking casually and semi naked on the phone . Pointedly observed here:

Publishing such photo in Soviet Russia could cause all the staff of the issuing edition to go to some distant Siberian mine.