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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Brezhnev To Putin -- 30 Years In Russia

Published 9 November 2012

Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died on November 10, 1982. In the three decades since, Russia has experienced glasnost, perestroika, an attempted coup, hyperinflation, an oil-price boom, and what some fear is a return to Soviet-style rule. RFE/RL presents a series of images illustrating how some things have changed in the past 30 years.


A demonstration is held in Moscow in May 1980, with a portrait of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev (1907-1982).


Workers attach an election poster featuring Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, appealing to people to vote for the United Russia political party, onto an office building in the southern city of Krasnodar late last year.


People stand in line in a butcher's shop in Moscow in 1978.


A customer compares smoked sausages in a Moscow hypermarket.


Passengers read newspapers in the Moscow Metro in 1982.


Monitors are installed at the new Moscow Metro station Novokosino in August.


New Moscow apartment buildings can be seen under construction in early 1982.


A view of the Emerald residential complex can be seen still under construction in Moscow in June.


Students practice their craft at a hairdressers vocational school in 1982.


Participants in the 12th Moscow hairdressing, decorative cosmetics, modeling, and nail design championship compete at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow in 2009.


Workers eat in the canteen of the Moscow Electromechanical Plant named after Vladimir Lenin in 1983.


Staff attend to customers at a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow.


A model displays a casual dress in Moscow in 1982.


Models present creations by Russian designer Viktoria Andreyanova at the Volvo Fashion Week in Moscow last month.


A woman displays products and a State Quality Mark of the U.S.S.R., the highest certification of quality, in the shop at the Perm telephone production plant in 1982.


A woman talks on a phone near an office of Russia's MTS mobile phone operator, with a billboard displaying the firm's logo behind her, in Moscow.


The Soviet ZiL-114 limousine was reserved for top party and government officials.


A Mercedes limousine belonging to President Vladimir Putin is seen parked during a visit to Bratislava in February.


The Central Telegraph building (Moscow's central post office) on Gorky Street, now Tverskaya Street, is decorated to mark the 65th anniversary of the October Revolution. The slogan above the entrance reads, "Long live the Leninist Communist Party of the Soviet Union!" The building is decorated with portraits of members of the Politburo. The Intourist Hotel to the left has since been demolished and replaced by the five-star Ritz-Carlton.


Moscow's Kremlin and Foreign Ministry is seen with the Moscow City business district in the background.