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Updated: Apr 9, 2021

In the USSR, most men have completed compulsory military service. On the streets of Soviet cities, a person wearing military uniform was a natural part of the cityscape.

"23rd February 1919. Red Army is the Defender of Proletarian Revolution!" Soviet poster


Soviet military officer, Moscow, 1980


Abandoned Soviet army garrison in Vladimir region, Russia, 2010s


Soviet signal soldier Natalia Dorosh, Byelorussian SSR, 1973


"Soldier, keep your eyes open. The enemy is angry like a beast" Soviet poster, 1986


Officers of the Soviet Army in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Photo by Ladislav Bielik, August 1968


"Red Army men with a prostitute" painting by Ivan Vladimirov, Soviet Russia, 1920s


Soviet border guards, 1970s


Soviet partisan girl. Photo by Arkady Shaikhet, USSR, 1942


Still from "Kalashnikov AK 47" Russian film directed by Konstantin Buslov, 2019


Combat medics A.V. Pivavarova-Fateeva and T.L. Kopaladze on the Karelian Isthmus during Russo-Finish war, 1939


"Higher and higher!" Soviet poster, 1957


Soviet officer in Afghanistan, 1984


“Portrait of radio technician sergeant A. Zhukov” by Valery Kononov,1970s


Military parade on the Red Square, Moscow, USSR, 1962



"Our army is an army of liberation of workers. - J.Stalin" Soviet poster, 1939


K-222 Project 661 Anchar Soviet Navy's nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine, 1970s


"Modern Soviet Army" poster, 1972


"Soldier", 1973. Photo by Vladimir Vyatkin, USSR


"Soviet pilots are sentries of the peaceful sky" poster, 1986


Soviet Navy exercise. Photo by Valentin Khukhlaev, 1965


Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Soviet government proclaimed drunkenness a bourgeois vestige and actively fought to eradicate it.

The struggle lasted until the collapse of the USSR, leaving behind many propaganda artifacts.


"Who teaches kids to start drinking: Father drinks and gives alcohol to the son. Mother offers alcohol to the kids. Children get access to alcohol by themselves", Moscow,1930s

"Either or. Baby or Vodka", 1982

"NO!", 1954

"Some people look like pigs!", 1954



"Where's the money? And what is left for the family? ", 1926


"To someone like him, we say: "Enough! There is no place for you in the factory!", 1986

"Underpass to the netherworld", 1988


"Alcohol, don't try to disguise with work clothes. People's control will not let you into the factory!", 1981



"Women, alcohol is the enemy of your future children!", 1986

"Infamous union: loafer and vodka!", 1981










  • Soviet Visuals

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

The official technique of Soviet art was Socialist realism. Some artists chose to take a different route.

"Krugozor" (The Outlook) magazine cover, 1974



"Fantasia" cafe, Batumi, Georgian SSR, 1984


"IL86 is a new comfortable airbus" Aeroflot poster, 1980s


Still from "In the Blue Sea, In the White Foam" Soviet animation film, 1984



"New Planet" painting by Konstantin Yuon, 1921


"Tekhnika Molodezhi" (Technology for Youth) Soviet magazine, 1975


"Don't waste your life for alcohol" health poster, 1977

"In the Footsteps of the Bremen Town Musicians" vinyl album cover, 1973


"Solaris" film poster, 1972


"Soviet Cosmonauts on Mars" Palekh lacquer box, 1975