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Final days of the USSR in PHOTOS

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27 Feb 2021, 04:55 GMT+10

Renowned American photographer Peter Turnley is famous for catching moments in human life. The street photography he took while in the USSR during the late 1980s-early 1990s is a great chronicle of the outgoing Soviet era.

1. Soviets line up on the Red Square

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2. A Moscow taxi

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3. Soldiers sitting on park bench with a child

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4. A Lenin portrait on the Bolshoi Theater

(The text says: "LONG LIVE THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION!")

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5. Lenin banners hanging on the State Historical Museum and traffic on Mokhovaya Street

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6. Pedestrians

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7. Following Soviet tradition, a wedding party walks on the Red Square in Moscow to have photos taken

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8. A generation gap on a bench: old ladies and a young couple

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9. Russian youth hanging out

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10. Schoolgirls eating lunch

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11. Mothers with their babies

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12. Muscovites applying for emigration outside an embassy

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13. A Russian Orthodox wedding

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14. Young woman smoking on a train

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15. Westernization of Russia: A line to enter the first McDonald's

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16. A Moscow hair salon

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17. A homeless man sitting by a makeshift tent city near the Red Square

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18. A Moscow food market

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19. At a butcher's

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20. A man pulling children on a sled

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21. A Siberian woman at the front gate of her house

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22. Women buying milk

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23. A line to a food store

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24. Soviet-style souvenirs on Arbat street in Moscow

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25. A man selling Communist paraphernalia on a Moscow street

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26. World War II veterans attending the V-Day celebrations

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27. Fallen monuments of former Soviet leaders

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28. A patient receiving a breath analyzing examination in a Soviet sanatorium

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29. The coup attempt in 1991

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30. Mikhail Gorbachev sitting at his desk shortly before the dissolution of the Soviet Union

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