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Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

That smile will never fail to make me happy.

From bread lines to Big Mac lines, these photos show that…

From bread lines to Big Mac lines, these photos show that post-Communist Russians are loving the American lifestyle.

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Moscow 1953

Москва в 1953 году.

People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Nikolayevich…

People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Nikolayevich Rumyantsev (Clown Karandash) going for a walk, 1977. Photographed by Yury Belinsky.

People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Nikolayevich…

People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Nikolayevich Rumyantsev (Clown Karandash) going for a walk, 1977. Photographed by Yury Belinsky.

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Boys dressed up as cosmonauts (1978)

A German soldier is photographed next to a des…

A German soldier is photographed next to a destroyed Soviet T-34 medium tank on a road near the town of Luga in the Leningrad Oblast during Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, and just prior to the Siege of Leningrad .

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The Earthquake So Big It Was Mistaken For An A…

In the 1970s, after years of tension, formal relations between the communist states of China and the USSR began to break down. Early in the decade China decided to start a “thawing” with the US government because they perceived the Soviets to be that much of a threat to China’s security. By 1976, China and the USSR had no diplomatic communications. An armed conflict was feared. And then China was hit with one of the deadliest earthquakes in history.

Called the Tangshan Earthquake, it started at 3:24 am on July 28. Most of the buildings in the city of Tangshan collapsed. At least 240,000 people were killed and many more injured. Many of the survivors from Tangshan and the surrounding towns immediately thought it was the dreaded Soviet attack, and it made sense: Tangshan was an industrial city, an obvious military target. Plus, shortly before the earthquake, survivors reported that they could see big flashes of light in the sky. Although those flashes were an obscure natural phenomenon, “earthquake lights,” it was reasonable to think they were caused by a nuclear explosion.

Although the earthquake was not the result of a nuclear bomb, it had the power of one. It is estimated that the event released the same energy as 400 Hiroshima atomic bombs.

Dior models in Moscow, 1959. Photographed by Howard Sochurek.

Dior models in Moscow, 1959. Photographed by Howard Sochurek.

Young Pioneers camp near Moscow, Soviet Union,…

Young Pioneers camp near Moscow, Soviet Union, 1954

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