Nostalgia for the Soviet Union

Stalin-o-bus in Saint Petersburg, May 5, 2010

Nostalgia for the Soviet Union[1] or Soviet nostalgia[2][3] is a moral-psychological phenomenon of nostalgia for the Soviet era, whether its politics, its society, its culture, or simply its aesthetics. Such nostalgia is most common among people in Russia and the post-Soviet states, as well as persons born in the Soviet Union but long since living abroad. It often results from the frustration Russia experienced after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As the Soviet economy crumbled into various new post-Soviet economies, changing painfully from a planned economy to capitalism, the standard of living fell for many people and their social safety net disintegrated, but they watched so-called New Russians and Russian oligarchs prosper, often by unethical means. Simultaneously, the loss of superpower status and the economic pain drove various reactions, from increased Russian nationalism to disillusionment.

On April 25, 2005 the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, stated that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the 20th century.[4][5][6][7]

Revival of Stalin's cult

For more details on this topic, see Neo-Stalinism.

Since 2009 in Ukraine, the Communist Party of Ukraine, has actively tried to revive the cult of Joseph Stalin.[8][9][10][11] On 22 June 2013, Serhiy Topalov, a People's Deputy from the Communist Party, attacked a law enforcement agent over a portrait of Stalin.[12]

See also

Communist nostalgia in Europe


Further reading


Internet societies

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