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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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Victory Circus, Minsk (Belarus) in 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

“Victory Circus” (belarusian: Пло́шча Перамо́гі) in Minsk, capital of Belarus, in 1975. It is considered one of the most central places of the city. The obelisk was built in 1954 to commemorate Red Army soldiers and Belarusian partisans. The red letters on the two hemicycle-shaped buildings built in 1958 read «Heroic deed of the people is immortal». At that time the Byelorussian …

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Kiev, Chreščatyk in 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Ukraine, 1975. The Khreshchatyk (Ukrainian: Хрещатик) is the main avenue of Kiev. At that time the population of the city was 1 947 000 (source: Novosti). In this photo, taken near Bessarabs’ka Square looking North,  one can see any soviet era vehicles (e.g. a RAF/ErAZ 977 minibus and some Moskvich 403/407 bottom right). Nowaday Chreščatyk is a traditional place for concerts, festivals, and also street music (Street View). (photo: © …