What Russia was like in 1981 (PHOTOS)

Vsevolod Tarasevich/MAMM/MDF
Brezhnev's era will end within a year; the leader is already seriously ill. Moscow has just held the Summer Olympic Games and saw loads of foreign tourists. With the economic stagnation and deficit, there is still the first breath of the upcoming perestroika.

Leonid Brezhnev on a boat on the Black Sea

Lunch break at a factory

A still from the Oscar-winning movie ‘Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears’ by Vladimir Menshov

A family

Festivities in the city of Tolyatti, Samara Region

Inside a Palace of Culture

A couple on a motorbike at a Crimean collective farm

A chess nation. Workers playing during lunch break

A busy day on the banks of the Volga River

A children’s chorus performs 

Picnic in a forest

Women on the streets of Kazan

Soviet roller coaster in Moscow’s VDNKh park 

A housewarming party

A grandmother in the country

In a barbershop

Making a snowman

A sendoff to the army

Students of Novosibirsk University watch microfilms

A summer’s day at a city fountain

Girls at a choreography lesson

Roadside repairs

Labor Day celebration

A man selling flowers

A new father with a friend heading to a maternity hospital

Prom night celebration with Pepsi 

Soldiers drill in front of a huge portrait of Brezhnev

On Red Square

Moscow’s Garden Ring

Waiting in line

At the ‘Bolshevichka’ sewing factory

Sunny day in Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre in the background

Labor Day on Red Square: giant portraits of Leonid Brezhnev and Vladimir Lenin

Wall carpet - the best background for family portraits

Students busy with civic works: potato harvesting

Villagers 

Pioneers at a Black Sea camp

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