For all of us writers, here're some fabulous links for our USSR-related research. Galleries and galleries of photos of Russian streets, people, equipment, foods, etc. See for yourself what life in Russia and the USSR was about. How people dressed, what Soviet-era rooms and streets looked like, storefronts, tree decorations, all sorts of little details to add authenticity to your story.
Englishrussia.com is the English-speaking community for Russia-related visual research, that's for sure!
Moscow in the 1960s:
1937-1970s New Year tree decorations:
Miscellaneous photos from various periods:
1970s- 1980s storefronts (soooo realistic!):
1970s Russian students:
Late 1950s- early 1960s food posters (all that packaging, milk bottles and serving suggestions to add believable touches to your Russia-set story!):
Moscow in 1927:
USSR in the 1960s:
And many, many more. Each page contains links to a dozen others with similar content. These people are just awesome. They may be eaten by nostalgia, but from a writer's point of view, a resource like this is priceless.
There're other similar resources on the Net (some Russian-speaking LJ communities do a great job collecting period-related pics from the Soviet era), so I'll be adding them, as well.