Tag: proletariat

210 Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The use of psychiatric hospitals as prisons and reeducation centers in Soviet Russia was rampant in the 1960’s.  In an article by Sidney Bloch and Peter Reddaway written in 1973 called Russia’s Political Hospitals. The Abuse of Psychiatry in the Soviet Union it is stated that at least 210 political dissidents were placed in psychiatric care from […]

Novocherkassk Tragedy

  Thousands of workers from the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Works and their “supporters marched to the Communist Party’s headquarters in order to protest Khrushchev’s passing of legislation that would lead to nation-wide price increases for meat and dairy products on June 2nd, 1962” (Seventeen Moments). The march on headquarters resulted in a labor strike due to the […]

Generation Gap in 1968

During the 1960’s, the youth around the world was going through a transformation. The ideals that young people believed in were changing as well as the priorities that were at the top of the social importance list. This change was happening in the Unites States, in Paris, and also in the Soviet Union. Youth in […]

The Novocherassk Massacre

In the 1950s and 60s, workers in the Soviet Union watched as their wages were reduced year after year in an attempt to make false statistics regarding labor efficiency. One of the biggest wage cuts came on January 1, 1962 when the Novocherassk Electric Locomotive Works (NEVZ) had its wages reduced by around 35%. Workers…

The Kitchen’s Empty!

A new woman with new freedoms? Since the 1930s, women had been encouraged to embrace their roles in both the work force and motherhood, also known as the “double burden”. Men had the ability to come home from work, prop their feet up and relax until dinner was served. Women on the other hand, were […]

From Perfection To Destruction

The small town of Tol’iatti was meant to be the perfect socialist city; a booming industrial sector and a residential area that was built upon new architectural and modernization ideas. Tol’iatti had meant to be the tiny Volga city that showed monumental achievements in architecture that showed the “Soviet adaptation of international modernism” (17 Moments […]

Rags to Riches

The 1960s were turbulent and boisterous for many children growing up around the world. American youth were protesting the war in Vietnam, using illegal drugs, and starting a sexual revolution. Across the Atlantic, the Soviet youth were painting a very different picture. Instead of rebelling against their government, they were putting their energies into activities […]