Filming everyday life near the end of the Soviet Union
May 29, 2015 12:32 PM   Subscribe

Oops, should have included, via Real USSR.
posted by Rumple at 12:34 PM on May 29, 2015

Oh my God. Thank you, a thousand times thank you, for this.
posted by staggering termagant at 1:05 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I miss "Feeding the informers on Kalinin Prospekt."
posted by jfuller at 1:13 PM on May 29, 2015

That's a pretty rockin' multi-family apartment.
posted by Kabanos at 1:35 PM on May 29, 2015 [6 favorites]

Trabbies!! Trabbies everywhere!!
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 1:36 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

That State of The Soviet Union report is pretty awful. Apparently, homosexuality & heavy metal music are signs of a society in decay and those poor Soviet women have to resort to prostitution, unlike the United States where such things never happen.
posted by snottydick at 2:49 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Moscow buskers preform "That's All Right Mama" at 6:26 of subway segment.
posted by telstar at 4:38 PM on May 29, 2015

I like the way that the sign above the wine store just says "Wine." Although, come to think of it, since I live in one of the many U.S. states where liquor is a state monopoly, that's basically what the sign above the place where I buy my wine looks like too.
posted by sy at 6:19 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yeah, it made me very faintly nostalgic about Seattle's old state-run liquor stores.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 7:02 PM on May 29, 2015

For a rather extreme contrast: "2:30am at a 7-11 near Disney World - 1987" (previously on MeFi)
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 10:42 PM on May 29, 2015 [4 favorites]

My Dog, the Soviet Union was one huge shit hole.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 5:06 PM on May 30, 2015

How was he able to film this?

By this time, Gorbachev's Glasnost was in full swing and the USSR was basically open to visitors from outside. Freedom of speech & the press were slowly becoming established and cultural & business exchanges with the outside world were encouraged.
posted by snottydick at 8:50 AM on June 1, 2015

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