26 photos that make Russians nostalgic for the 1980s

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These were the final years of Soviet life, but no one suspected anything about the changes that were just on the horizon.

1. Tenth-grader Maria Kalinina became queen of the first Soviet beauty pageant in 1988.

Vladimir Rodionov/Sputnik

2. Fashion magazine Burda mesmerized Soviet women starting in February 1987.

Alexander Makarov/Sputnik

3. May Day was big back in the 1980s.

Igor Zotin/TASS

4. Pioneer camps were in full swing in 1987.

Nikolai Malyshev; Alexander Chumichev/TASS

5. Iconic brands were just beginning to probe the Soviet market, and stirred people’s curiosity.

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6. Soviet-made cars (VAZ) enjoyed an undisputable status, and had a certain chic.

Vsevolod Tarasevich/Sputnik

7. Soviet airlines delivered high-end service that would today embarrass many contemporary air carriers.


8. The legendary Olympic mascot became a symbol of the 1980s.

Semyon Maisterman; Nikolai Naumenkov/TASS

9. Ronald Reagan no longer had a reason to call the USSR the “evil empire” after he received such a warm welcome in Moscow in 1988.

Vladimir Vyatkin/Sputnik

10. Ronald Reagan even shook hands with some children on Red Square in 1988.

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11. Technological innovation fascinated Soviet society.

Yevgeny Petriychuk/TASS

12. These were the times when Oriental carpets were in demand.


13. Back then, “luxury” had a whole different meaning: It was enough to have new furniture, a TV, and an Oriental carpet.

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14. Soviet customers didn’t know the true meaning of variety.

Boris Elshin/Sputnik

15. Sometimes variety was not an option.


16. Breakdancing became a sensation in the 1980s.

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17. Intellectual shows were popular on TV. “What? Where? When?” was the biggest hit.

G. Kazarynov/Sputnik

18. The spirit of adventure was strong. Here, people relax after skiing in the Republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessia.

Yuriy Somov/Sputnik

 19. Social mores became lax enough to tolerate displays of affection.

Vladimir Vyatkin/Sputnik

20. A typical Soviet kitchen of the 1980s.

Vladimir Perventsev/Sputnik

21. A cult of the body quickly emerged in Soviet Russia.

Igor Mikhalev/Sputnik

22. This was the time when disco culture boomed in the USSR.


23. Rock was a big thing in the 80s.

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24. People had to stand in line to get many basic goods. Here, customers wait for cakes.

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25. The Detsky Mir (Children’s World) shopping center was much different in the 1980s from what it looks like today.

Igor Zotin, Alexander Chumichev/TASS

26. “Long live the Communist Party of the Soviet Union!” – in the 1980s, ideology was still highly visible but not for much longer.

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Click here to see 10 things that’ll make you misty-eyed if you grew up in 1980s Russia.

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