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Old Soviet Grocery Shop Interior oleh zavadsky

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I�ll never get tired of telling how much I hated the soviet union. I was unlucky to be bourn there, but I was extremely lucky to be grown-up under a huge influence of my grandma, who hated soviets more than I did. She had a lot to compare: live and vibrant stories of her parents about the Austrian period, her own experience of the Polish and German periods, and decades of soviet era. All these historical footsteps our suffering land had taken. In my photo-stories I wrote quite a bit about the horrors of the Stalin repressions and the KGB nightmares. But there was also another side of the coin of soviet times: ridiculous one. Now it is funny to imagine, but it was not much fun to experience that part too. Imagine almost empty, nasty looking, horribly smelling grocery shop with a very angry salesperson. Imagine a shop that was trying to sell as little as possible, bringing up all imaginable obstacle on poor customer�s ways. The butter, for instance, was sold on certain days from 5 till 7 am in the morning, with a special cue on the back side of the shop. Bread was sold with limited amount, because many people were feeding pigs with it and havd cheap (at least any) meat. And I am so happy to see all these horrible shops now in disgrace, abandoned in total decay. I would dance on the head of communism, the most horrible and ridiculous period from the history.

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09/12/2014

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