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We Are Waiting For The Change: Russia At Breaking Point In The 1980s

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Natalia Gorlenko, editor of Russian Photo, shares these pictures of Russia in the 1980s. The series, called We’re waiting for the changes, “is about a breaking point in 1980s when the Soviet Union had almost failed and a new generation was passionately longing for a new time of freedom without the Iron Curtain.”

The title is a quote from the Kino song My zhdem peremen (Waiting for the changes), which became the unofficial hymn of perestroika after its appearance in the film Assa. The song took on more power when Kino lead singer and actor Viktor Tsoi (21 June 1962 – 15 August 1990) died in a car crash.

This is the Soviet Union in 1980: the end of the era of stagnation and restructuring.

 

1980 - Russia

1980 – Russia

In the youth hostel Date- 1986 - 1992

In the youth hostel: 1986

1982 Russia

1982

1980 Russia

1980

19085 punks Russia

1985

1985 - Russia

1985

1981 - Behind the fence

1981 – Behind the fence

Brought ... Date - 1985. The queue for vodka and wine in the city of Anadyr.

Brought … Date – 1985. The queue for vodka and wine in the city of Anadyr.

Kursk Station 1980

Kursk Station – 1980

Moscow Chelichkina beauty Katya and Masha Kalinina Date- 1988

Moscow Chelichkina beauty Katya and Masha Kalinina Date- 1988

1986 - Disco

1986 – Disco

1989 Moscow

1989 – Moscow

1980 Russia Bad Times

1980 – Bad Times

1980 Russia Before Leaving

Before Leaving

1980 Russia Expectation

1980 – Expectation

1985 - Lingerie sales, Russia

1985 – Lingerie sales

1982 - Metalworkers, Talin

1982 – Metalworkers, Talin

Is it easy to be young. Break-club-job interview Date- 1982

Is it easy to be young. Break-club-job interview Date- 1982

From the Morning in the new neighborhood Date- 1983

From the Morning in the new neighborhood Date- 1983

Restructuring. Date- 1987

Restructuring. Date- 1987

Andrey Tovmasyan and Laci Olah. Date- 1984

Andrey Tovmasyan and Laci Olah. Date- 1984