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BelAZ 540 mine dumper, 1970s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A factory–new mine dumper BelAZ 540 (45–tons payload) in the Zhodzina plant (Belarus), in the early 70’s. (photo: URSS 75 yearbook © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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“AzovStal” iron and steel works in Mariupol’ (Ukraine), early 70’s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Early 1970s: metallurgic complex “AzovStal” in Mariupol’, Ukraine, on the estuary of Kalmius on the northern coast of Azov Sea (Black Sea). It was established in 1930 by the decision of the central Soviet government. (photo: URSS 75 yearbook © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Supreme Soviet, 1974

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Moscow, 25th July 1974: first session of the”Supreme Soviet”, the highest legislative body in the Soviet Union, after the elections of 16th June. (photo: URSS 75 yearbook © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Brežnev at Komsomol convention, 1974

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Leonid Brezhnev (1906 – 1982) signs autographs during the convention of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (“Komsomol”), in the Kremlin Palace (Moscow) 24th – 30th April 1974. At that time, the league counted 34 millions members among Soviet youths (source: Novost agency). (photo: URSS 75 yearbook © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Kiev-Boryspil’ airport, early 1970s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Kiev-Boryspil airport, near Kiev (Ukraine), in the early 1970s. The plane maneuvering in front of the terminal building (towed by a “GAZ” truck) is a 1967 Tupolev–Tu134 (Туполев Ту-134) in Aeroflot’s color scheme: please note the “СССР” registration prefix on the tail. (photo: URSS 75 yearbook © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Leonid Brežnev in Poland, 1974

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Leonid Brezhnev (1906 – 1982), general secretary of the Communist Party and Chariman of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, during his official visit to Poland  of 19th – 22th July 1974. At that time Poland was celebrating the 30 anniversary of its independence after the liberation from the Nazis. However, it was not exactly independent because it had become a satellite state …

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Zaporizhia automobile building plant in 1970s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

ZAZ is the main automobile manufacturer of Ukraine, based in the south-eastern city of Zaporizhia: its name is in fact the acronym of “Zaporiz’kyj Avtomobilebudivel’nyj Zavod” (Ukrainian: ЗАЗ, Запорізький автомобілебудівельний завод), meaning exactly “Zaporizhia automobile building plant”. During Soviet Era, ZAZ designed and built a series of compact–cars (called “Zaporozhets”) accessible to the public. In this early 1970s pictures you can see some ZAZ-968‘s being assembled in the Zaporizha …

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Pitsunda (Black Sea) in 1970s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Pitsunda in 1970s was one of the most famous seaside resorts on the Black Sea and summer destination for soviet tourists. Today the town it belongs to Republic of Abkhazia that is a partially recognised state controlled by a separatist government, although the majority of the world’s governments consider Abkhazia a part of Georgia’s territory. The dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in a geopolitical …