As to Sean’s post, I think the change to “individuals success” was part of the economic change that the Soviets were going through. As the culture started to be introduced to Westernized music, art, and entertainment, the economics was also changing and becoming more Western. The Ford Motor Company sold cars to the Soviet Union that the Soviets used for their models and sold them as Soviet automobiles.
Comment on The Martyr Zoya Kosmodeyanskaya by tlamm418
Interesting how she still stands as a nationalist figure today! Even though she was tortured by the Germans during her harsh time she still was an outgoing person and supported her country the whole way! What an amazing story of patriotism and nationalism for the Soviet people and I’m sure this story motivated and motivates all of them.
Comment on Russia’s Biker Problem and the Final Days of the Soviet Union by pfleep
I had some trouble finding a youtube video from back in the 80s but I just thought it was really interesting/ironic how nationalistic the Lone Wolves biker gang is and how much they love Putin.
Comment on A Bittersweet Homecoming by Patrick Butler
It’s crazy to think how a country could use its military in it’s time of need and then just discard its service members when they were no longer needed. The changing economy and housing problems expound the problems of re-integration and made it difficult for the government to successfully support their veterans even if they wanted to.
Comment on When the Communists Collide by Patrick Butler
The relationship between the Chinese and Soviet communists is a very interesting display of noncooperation between two seemingly similar nations. These two nations given their close proximity and seemingly similar political views would have seemed like a great alliance.
Comment on Family, Factory, and…Rock and Roll? by Patrick Butler
Really interesting how well known the Beatles were in the Soviet Union. I also think it was cool how they attracted the same type of listener as in the US and UK.
Comment on Russia’s Biker Problem and the Final Days of the Soviet Union by severze
Really cool post! these guys are pretty much the opposite of what I wrote my post about its really cool that this week we get to see both sides of the coin. The biker situation in Europe has really exploded and many are considered Neo-Nazis now I wonder if some of the groups in the USSR started this way?
Comment on One More Drink? by severze
Great post! I never knew about this. The relation to this and american Prohibition is rather uncanny, I wonder how much the Russian mob grew in these 2 years? Cool stuff!
Comment on Chernobyl: Melting Down the USSR by zacsever
Chernobyl was a truly sad case. in an effort to prove just how safe these new soviet power plants were they showed the world just how dangerous nuclear power could be. The test to prove how safe soviet reactors were made the world think all soviet technology was faulty.
Comment on Corruption and the Russian Mob by cturrrn
Corruption in post-Soviet Russia was a huge problem, and it probably contributed to the heavy handedness of the current government. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the new government was much more timid than the old one, which left a lot of room for the mob to grow and become more powerful. Great post!