September 2008: Soviet Icons

Editorial – Soviet Icons

While many people are crazy about “matryoshkas”, “samovars” and CCCP Tshirts, Soviet culture still hides many sophisticated bits and pieces, hidden for the non-Soviet world.

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OSTAP BENDER – THE ‘GREATEST SWINDLER‘

This con-man character from the Soviet bestseller is for sure a great example of a satire on certain elements of Soviet life.

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CHEBOURASHKA – THE KINDEST SOVIET ICON

“There was a time when I lived in the tropic forest. Now I am Chebourashka and I have a great hope you all will be my friends!”…

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IOSIF KOBZON: LIFE AFTER LIFE


A wigged Russian crooner stayed popular for three decades

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Stirlitz – the Soviet James Bond

“From Russia With Love”, or a Soviet superspy story. This is a story about Stirlitz, symbol of diplomacy and honour in the USSR…

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Sguschyonka – a delicious soviet heritage

Sweet Soviet addiction or a story on the best delight in USSR …

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STAKHANOV – CELEBRITY OF SOVIET WORKING CLASS

Aleksey Stakhanov was a hero of a movement that was intended to increase worker productivity and demonstrate the superiority of the socialist economic system.

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KHRUSHCHEV’S FAVORITE PEOPLES CAR

How can you triple the value of a Zaporozhets? – Fill it with gas!

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NEW LIFE OF SOVIET ICONS

While I had grown up in the West inundated with information about the Gulags and bread queues of the USSR, Soviet people of my age had spent their childhoods entranced by the likes of Chebourashka and his message of peace and love.

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