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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Much of what they said was shocking- I hadn't realized how seriously and badly the Soviet government had been treating its own people. For the past 50+ years!
I hope things are better now (I suspect they are), but I haven't returned since.
It was, indeed, pretty bad, but I did find that Soviet guides at that time (and later, possibly still) tended/tend to exaggerate quite a bit. It's not all black and white. In some ways, it has gotten much better (stores were full of stuff by the mid-90s), in others (public safety, and other things) it became much worse. Oh, and the government is still pretty horrid to its (generally much more affluent and better fed) people.
I lived in the Soviet Union and then Russia in the 1980s and 1990s, never went back after 2002.
Nice capture, and definitely a nice slice of the time and place.