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Building of Nurek dam, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1975, building site of the hydroelectric power plant in Nurek, Tajikistan. Built between 1961 and 1979 on the Vakhsh river, the earth-fill embankment dam of Nurek is the second tallest dam in the world (the tallest one is Jinping-I Dam, in China). The sign on the building read “СССР”, however this is actually Cyrillic and should read “SSSR”: it is …

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Office of town planning in Dushambe, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A young architect employed in the office of town planning of Dushambe, capital of Tajikistan, in 1975. At that time the country was part of the Soviet Union and the population of Dushambe was 436 000 (source: Novosti). (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Kyrgyz National Academic Drama Theatre in Frunze, 1970

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The Kyrgyz National Academic Drama Theatre in Frunze, now Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan. It was built in 1970, during the Soviet era, and it has 800 seats. In 1997 it has been titled to Kyrgyz dramatist Toktobolot Abdumomunov (1922 — 1989). (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Latvia, Salaspils Memorial

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The Salapils memorial to victims of nazism, in Latvia, was built in 1967 by Soviets, in the former nazi labour camp. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow — personal collection)

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Girls bathing in Palanga (Lithuania) in 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1975: girls bathing in the Baltic Sea near Palanga, in Lithuania. Also at the times of the Soviet Union, Palanga was the major seaside resort town of Lithuania, and remains so today: for this reason it is nicknamed vasaros sostinė, that means “summer capital”. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Factory ship in the port of Klaipėda (Lithuania), 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1975: the Russian factory ship “БАЛТИЙСАЯ СЛАВА” (Baltiyskaja Slava, ‘Glory of Baltic’) moored in the port of Klaipėda (Lithuania), on the Baltic Sea. Built in 1966, it is equipped for processing the catched fish directly aboard. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)