66 Colorized Photos Showing Life in Russia Between 1900-1965

Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth’s inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across eleven time zones, and has the most borders of any country in the world, with sixteen sovereign nations. It has a population of 146.2 million; and is the most populous country in Europe, and the ninth-most populous country in the world. Moscow, the capital, is the largest city entirely within Europe; while Saint Petersburg is the country’s second-largest city and cultural centre.

The East Slavs emerged as a recognisable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. The medieval state of Rus’ arose in the 9th century. In 988, it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire. Rus’ ultimately disintegrated, and the Grand Duchy of Moscow rose during the 15th century. By the 18th century, the nation had vastly expanded through conquest, annexation, and exploration to evolve into the Russian Empire, the third-largest empire in history. Following the Russian Revolution, the Russian SFSR became the largest and leading constituent of the Soviet Union, the world’s first constitutionally socialist state. The Soviet Union played a decisive role in the Allied victory in World War II, and emerged as a superpower and rival to the United States during the Cold War. The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world’s first human-made satellite and the launching of the first human in space.

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Russian SFSR reconstituted itself as the Russian Federation. In the aftermath of the constitutional crisis of 1993, a new constitution was adopted, and Russia has since been governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Vladimir Putin has dominated Russia’s political system since 2000; during the period Russia has experienced democratic backsliding, and has shifted to an authoritarian state.

Russia is a great power, and a potential superpower. It is ranked 52nd in the Human Development Index, with a universal healthcare system, and a free university education. Russia’s economy is the world’s eleventh-largest by nominal GDP and the sixth-largest by PPP. It is a recognized nuclear-weapons state, possessing the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons; with the second-most powerful military, and the fourth-highest military expenditure. Russia’s extensive mineral and energy resources are the world’s largest, and it is among the leading producers of oil and natural gas globally. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G20, the SCO, the Council of Europe, BRICS, the APEC, the OSCE, the IIB and the WTO, as well as the leading member of the CIS, the CSTO, and the EAEU. Russia is also home to 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (Wikipedia)

Family of Tsar Nicholas II Of Russia, 1914
Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906
Russian WW2 Sniper Roza Shanina
Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Soviet Sniper during World War II. Credited With 309 Kills. She Is Regarded As The Most Successful Female Sniper In History, 1940.
Yuri Gagarin With His Matra Bonnet Djet Vs Coupe, 1965
The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935
Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917
The Four Romanov Daughters With Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra, 1913
Worker And Supervisor, Car Factory, Moscow, 1954
Russian Family, Ekaterinburg Region, Siberia In The Late 19th Century
Yekaterina Ryabova, Russian Military Pilot, Heroine Of The Soviet Army, 1945
Jose Raul Capablanca Vs Alexander Alekhine, 1913
Soldier Waves A Soviet Flag, Berlin, 1945
Lydia Litvyak During The World War II, 1941
102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943
Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937
A Man With A Group Of Russian Children, 1940
Nicholas II Of Russia In The Uniform Of The Life-guards 4th The Imperial Family’s Rifle Regiment, 1912
Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928
Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945
Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s
Romanov Sisters And Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra Working In A Military Hospital During World War I
Soviet Sniper Semyon Nomokonov With His Famous Smoking Pipe, 1942
Saint John Of Kronstadt
Maria Dolina, Hero Pilot Of The Soviet Union, 1945
Tank Driver Mikhail Smirnov, 1944
Reaper, 1914
Group Of The Sisters Of Charity In The Dining Room During Lunch, Rhe Herbovets Community, 1900s
Berlin, 1945
Tashkent, 1930
Grigori Rasputin, 1904
Olga And Tatiana Romanov, 1900s
Russian Ballet Dancer Galina Ulanova In Swan Lake, 1930
A Russian Man Stands By A Made In The USSR Ford car, 1930
Air Squadron Commander Of The 124th Fighter Regiment Alexander Pronin, 1942
Arseny Tarkovsky, 1907
A Young Russian Bride, 1903
Russian Actor Nikolai Rybnikov In “Spring On Zarechnaya Street”, 1956
Anti Tank Artillery Soldiers, 1943
Soviet Air Force Officers Rufina Gasheva And Nataly Meklin, World War II
Nurse, 1914-1916
Traffic Controllers, Wolchow Front, 1943
La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, 1903
Red Cross Personnel Attending To Wounded Soldiers On A Russian Battlefield, WWI
Easter At The Front, The Letter Symbolize The Fraze “Christ Is Risen”, 1916
Grand Duchesses Olga And Tatiana Romanov In Livadia, Crimea, 1914
Friends, 1934
Russian Soldiers Pose Before The Attack, 1916
Soviet Sailors Raise The USSR’s Naval Ensign Over Port-Arthur, 1945
Captain Alexander G. Pronin And Major Sergei Stepanovich Bukhteyev Aboard A Plane, 1943
Soviet Car In The May Day Parade In Tel Aviv, 1947
Nikolay Felixovich Yusupov, Prince Nicholas, Eldest Son Of Princess Zenaida And Prince Feli
Berlin, 1945
Soviet Sniper Lyubov Makarova (left), Hero Of The Soviet Union Dmitry Nazarenko (right)
Lenin, 1900
Anti Tank Artilery Man, 1940s (left), Russian Sniper Nadiezhda Kolesnikova, 1943 (right)
Natalia Meklin (kravtsova), Sofia Burzaeva, Polina Gelman, 1943
Soviet Soldiers Are Monitoring The Movement Of German Troops Near Sevastopol, Crimea, 1941
German Embassy In St. Petersburg, 1913
Russian Pilot During The World War I, 1918
Pilots And Air-gunners Of The 566th Assault Aviation Regiment, 1944
Anti-Tank Artillery, 1940s
Captain Ivan Musienko During World War II
‘Red Corner’ At A Recruiting Station, Galich, Kostroma Region, 1931
The Last Projectile, 1914
Alexander Kerensky, 1917

(Photos colorized by Klimbim)

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