a whole bunch of vintage things.
Soviet-American TeleBridge broadcast live on TV in 1986 during a particularly warm period of détente. Viewers from both nations were able to ask each other questions during the programme, in the name of better mutual understanding. The Americans were concerned about sex. When they enquired about the subject, a Soviet lady with her hair in a neat, severe bun replied that there is no sex in the Soviet Union. This answer generated guffaws of laughter among the Moscow studio audience.
Sex was a taboo subject, and contraceptives were extremely scarce. They were manufactured, however. All the same, you couldn’t go into a shop or even a pharmacy and buy condoms as such. You had to go to the pharmacist and ask for ‘Rubber Product No.2’. Product No. 1 were rubber gas masks produced by the same factory.
If a guy asked for rubber products two AND one you knew he was in for a special night.
Soviet sniper Maxim Passaro. Passaro killed over 230 Germans. He died in January 17, 1943 in a battle near the village of Gerbil.
On February 16, 2010, Passaro was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.
Moscow, Olympics Opening Ceremony 1980: the crowd creates a portrait of Lenin while a hammer and sickle and human pyramids are formed on the ground.