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Photo album “Kalmykia 50” 1970

Old photos from photoalbum “Kalmykia 50” from USSR.

Publishing to the anniversary Republic of Kalmykia.

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Monument to Lenin

Monument to Lenin [ Ru ]

Great leader of Communist Party of Soviet Union.


Monument to Lenin
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General Gorodovikov

Monument to General Gorodovikov [ En | Ru | Fr ]

Lieutenant general Basan Gorodovikov is Hero of Soviet Union.


Gen. Gorodovikov

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Plant ‘Star’

Secret defense plant ‘Star’ [ Ru ]

Secret defense plant ‘Star’, which previously worked billionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Prime Minister of the Republic of Kalmykia Vladimir Sengleev.
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Memorial to Komsomolets

Memorial to Komsomolets [ En | Ru ]
Мемориал комсомольцу.

Era of Soviet Union and Communist Party of USSR.


Memorial to Komsomolets
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Monument to Ostap Bender

Monument to Ostap Bender [ De | Ru | Es | It | Fr ]
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I visited one of the most improbable places on Earth, the little-known Republic of Kalmykia

Republic of Kalmykia Tomas Van Houtryve about Kalmykia. Russian version

Earlier this year, I visited one of the most improbable places on Earth, the little-known Republic of Kalmykia.

Located on the arid steppe south of Volgograd, Kalmykia is Europe’s only Buddhist republic.

It also bills itself as a Mecca for chess players. It is the headquarters of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), and a suburb has been built near the capital, Elista, expressly for holding tournaments and offering vacation homes to former champions. The game is mandatory for all Kalmyk school children. Read the rest of this entry »

The corrupt system of the Brezhnev nomenclature

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov President of Kalmykia billionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov about corrupt system of the Brezhnev nomenclature in Soviet Union.

“Okay, we will see who is a hero during the exams!” the teachers would say, “just you wait!”

However, foolhardy as we were, we did not pay the slightest attention to what they told us. As examtime approached even the most reckless of us grew more docile and quiet. No one wanted to get into conflict with the teachers. Naturally we all wanted to finish school with a normal certificate which would make it possible for us to study at an institution of higher education. The pupils’ activity levels had risen visibly. Everyone zealously tried to improve his or her marks, preparing diligently for lessons, and raising a hand whenever our teacher asked this or that question.

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About Communist ideology in Soviet Union for children

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov President of Kalmykia billionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov about Communist ideology in Soviet Union for children: Like all of my generation, I went through several stages of ideological indoctrination aided by extensive state censorship. First I was an Oktyabryonok (a pre-pioneer), then I became a pioneer, progressing to the Young Communist League, and finally becoming a member of the Communist Party.

I also served on the pioneer squad council, the Young Communist League Committee, and I was chief of the “Vega” Young Communist League city squad. For many years I lived as though I were drugged; it was only gradually, layer by layer, that I began to peel away at the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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