Russia 1990: Page 1These photographs were taken during my first trip to what was the USSR, August 1990.
Note: These scans are more than ten years old and wall eventually be replaced.
-- Eric Trachtenberg
The Great Patriotic War is a strong memory for most Russians. Whether it was because they suffered or heard about those who did, the Second World War is still a driving force in Russian politics.
Victory is symbolized by a tall obelisk next to heroic citizens of the Soviet Union.
In 1990, the Soviet Symbols had lost their meaning but that there presence. The sign said "Glory to the Hero City of Leningrad". In 1998 this had been replaced by advertisements for Panasonic.
Despite the ravages of war, beautiful reminders of Russia's past survive such as Tsariskoe Selo.
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