Nostalgia for the Soviet Union

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A bus with Stalin's portrait servicing route 187-К in Saint Petersburg in May 2010

Nostalgia for the Soviet Union[1] (Russian: Ностальгия по СССР) or Soviet nostalgia[2][3] is a social phenomenon of nostalgia for the Soviet era, whether its politics, its society, its culture, or simply its aesthetics. Such nostalgia is observed among people in Russia and the other post-Soviet states, as well as persons born in the Soviet Union but long since living abroad.

In 2004 a television channel Nostalgiya stylized with a hammer and sickle was launched in Russia.


The Essence of Time movement combines Russian patriotism, neo-Communism and Soviet nostalgia.[citation needed]

Soviet nostalgia often results from the frustration Russia experienced after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As the Soviet economy crumbled into various new post-Soviet economies, changing painfully from a planned economy to capitalism, the standard of living fell for many people and their social safety net disintegrated, but they watched so-called New Russians and Russian oligarchs prosper, often by unethical means. Simultaneously, the loss of superpower status and the economic pain drove various reactions, from increased Russian nationalism to disillusionment.[citation needed]

See also

Communist nostalgia in Europe


  1. ^ Why Russia Backs The Eurasian Union. Business Insider (from The Economist). August 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Nikitin, V. Putin is exploiting the legacy of the Soviet Union to further Russia's ends in Ukraine. The Independent. March 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Taylor, A. Calls for a return to ‘Stalingrad’ name test the limits of Putin’s Soviet nostalgia. Washington Post. June 9, 2014

Further reading

  • Satter, D. It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past. Yale University Press. New Haven, 2012. ISBN 0300111452.
  • Boffa, G. "From the USSR to Russia. History of unfinished crisis. 1964—1994"
  • Mydans, S. 20 Years After Soviet Fall, Some Look Back Longingly. New York Times. August 18, 2011
  • Weir, F. Why nearly 60 percent of Russians 'deeply regret' the USSR's demise. The Christian Science Monitor. December 23, 2009.
  • Houslohner, A. Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire. Washington Post. June 10, 2014
  • Weir, F. Maybe the Soviets weren't so bad? Russian nostalgia for USSR on the rise. The Christian Science Monitor. January 29, 2016.

External links


  • Blundy, A. Nostalgia for the Soviet Era Sweeps the Internet. Newsweek. July 30, 2014.
  • Pippenger, N. Why Are So Many Russians Nostalgic For The USSR? New Republic. August 19, 2011.
  • Most Russians regret USSR collapse, dream of its return, poll shows. RT. April 19, 2016.
  • Why do so many people miss the Soviet Union? The Washington Post. December 21, 2016.

Internet societies

  • Project "Encyclopedia of our childhood", Soviet Union through the eyes of contemporaries
  • Museum "20th century". Recollections about the Soviet epoch
  • livejournal:
    • 3a_cccp – "For our Soviet Motherland!"
    • ussr_ru – "USSR (all about the 1917—1991 epoch)"
    • vospominanija – "What always is nice to remember..."
    • cccp_foto – "1922 – 1991: USSR in photos"
  • Soviet cards and posters
  • USSR in scale, a website commemorated to a private collection of Soviet technology and vehicles in the scale 1:43
  • In Barnaul, a store called "Sovietsky" was opened (photo)
  • Soviet heritage: between zoo, reservation and sanctuary (about "Soviet epoch parks") // Новая Эўропа – DELFI, 11 сентября 2013
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