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Whatever they said or wrote about the Soviet Union – it can’t be compared with the live action…
To be there, to walk down the streets, to interact with people.. Trying to buy something (?)… And observe…Observe… Observe…
The only place, the only country I’ve been to, where I was afraid to use my camera...
Surreal country… Grotesque country… Inhuman land…
Good God… I hope it's over… Forever…!

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On the posters:
Leaders of the socialistic work !!!
People chosen (by you know who ?) to represent extraordinarily great achievements of the Soviet economy and its highest level of life.

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If Art Buchwald went to Soviet Russia:

Try to imagine reaction of those people, hanging high up there, on the masterly painted wall rack - when they had heard the knocking on their door…

Zdrastvuytie, comrade… You come vith us…Rright now !
But why ? Why …? I haven’t done anything… Ever… Absolutely nothing in my life…!

That’s why you tovarish, YOU come vith us… Ve go to the fotografik store to have your picture taken…

No, no.. It vasn’t me… It was Nadiezhda, who was spreading the lies and capitalistic propaganda about the higher standard of living in the west.
It was her who said those lies that there, in the west – you can go to the store and buy food.
Even a meat ! As much as you want… Even… Even… Even the whole kilo of it !)


Vith that traitor Nadiezhda ve vill talk another time. She von't escape the severe justice of the peace loving Soviet people. But right now - you go with us.

Can I take with me some extra clothing…Warm sweater, gloves, ear muffs, extra pair of valonki ?

No, you von't need that where we are going. You'll be back in no time…

I know, I know, tovarish lieutenant… But, can I leave a good bye letter to my beloved wife Nadiezhda not to look for me for the next couple of years ?


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Under the smart and politically correct guidance from the Politburo – these people up there, on the wall – showed us the path we must follow…

They were the bright samples of the real Soviet people...

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ORWO colors…
Film grain…
Outdated…
Dirt and scratches…
Out of focus...
Lack of geometry (?)…
The silliness of this shot...

What can I say…???
Enough reasons for this post to be ignored by the true photography experts on the site

(:-)))))))


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