Even today, the West is still hung up and mystified with Russia's Soviet past. The Eurasian country is also one of the most talked about in terms of international politics, and more often than not being misrepresented by Western media. This was Russian daily life.
Another is that newspapers didn't always report bad news, much to what American spies and media often painted then -- it wasn't always of murders, crashes, train derailments. Oh, and did you know? Groceries would take forever due to the long queues, and shoppers won't' get the item directly, they still have to claim vouchers from 'stations' and pay the cashier, before getting another item at the next station.
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