I often refer to the USSR times in this blog and compare good and bad things from that time with current events in Russia. The question that I often get in emails from my readers: “What do Russians think about USSR now? Are they nostalgic? (emails after positive posts such as space post) or are they happy USSR times are over (after posts about deficit etc.)”. Really interesting topic, worth writing about.
I recently took a fantastic class at Coursera – Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communications. You may find it quite funny that I took this course being Russian myself and writing this blog. But that is exactly why I did take this course! I could describe many things being an insider, but I could not explain a lot of them. Now, when I learned from the amazing Professor Mira Bergelson, you will see a lot of references to her course in my blog.
One of many things that surprised me – there are two distinct groups that feel nostalgic. One group – people who were young in the times of USSR. They feel nostalgic since youth is the time when everything was bright and rosy. The other group – really young folks, who were born after USSR collapsed. They cannot remember this time themselves, but hear a lot of good things from parents and other relatives and re-construct this reality based on movies of that time. My age group (30+) is not so fond of USSR times since we do remember the end of the empire and the difficult Perestroika times of the 90s.
How good or bad was USSR in reality? Difficult to be fair, but I will try to outline main positives and negatives:
Free medical services is a good concept, but to get a good medical services one needs to use networking and sometimes also pay
This is not the full list on both fronts. But hopefully it gives you an idea about living in the USSR.
Feel free to ask me more questions on this subject – I will try to explain and expand on the topic.
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