This Soviet propaganda newsreel (entirely in Russian) attempts to show the progress made in the modern USSR, and the improvement in everyday life, under socialism. The film shows modern buildings, industry, laboratories, schools, power plants and electrification, the oil industry, and more. The film then transitions to speak about exporting socialism to other nations so that they can enjoy similar progress in their societies. If only the on-going threat from the West including the USA, can be reduced or eliminated...
Narration: During the years of Soviet rule, thousands of villages in our country have lost their parochial look. Such villages could now be referred to as towns. Cultural oases have appeared in them: clubs, folk theatres, libraries. Of course, there are still some villages without them. (00.36) ‘Put an end to the cultural backwardness of villages!’ A whole army of engineers, architects, and builders are now busy solving this great social task. (00.52) New standard plans are being developed, according to which thousands of new buildings have already been built. (01.06) The cultural equality of villages and cities has not yet been achieved, but undoubtedly it will be. (01.26) On November 14, 1918, a cargo train left Moscow for the West. We can’t say if that train looked like this one. What we know is this: its properly sealed wagons carried a precious cargo, bread and black rusks for the protesting workers of Germany. (02.10)
Today more than 600 facilities have been or are being built according to projects created by Soviet specialists on preferential credit conditions in the young countries of Asia and Africa. (02.28) Thousands of kilometers away from home, our people are working hard. Engineers, technicians, laborers.Patrice Lumumba University is one of the Soviet universities that prepares such specialists. Actively helping modern national liberation movements is an international duty of the Soviet government. (03.33)
Moscow, headquarters of the Soviet Council for Mutual Economic Assistance. Equality and mutual aid are honorable principles, which are manifested by an ever-increasing commodity exchange, and by the construction of Mir, the biggest power grid in Europe, a real industrial giant. The “Druzhba” [friendship] oil pipeline is another impressive creation made possible by the joint efforts of fraternal countries. Its name well represents the core and spirit of the family of European socialist countries. (04.54) Be it Soviet oil flowing in the arteries of a plant in a friendly country, or a new ship sliding down the shipways in Gdansk, Rostoсk, or any Soviet shipyard, or the growing cargo flow along the steel highways or ports of fraternal countries - all of this strengthens the power of the world camp of socialism and accelerates its triumphant march towards communism. (05.41) You remember this footage, it appeared on TV screens all over the world. Yes, this is Hiroshima, one of the most atrocious and foolish crimes of the American military. Yet that very first bomb, which immediately killed 200,000 people, was a hundred times less powerful than any of the bombs lifted daily into the sky by the bombers of the United States Strategic Air Force. (06.33) We live in a nuclear century, and now a war would bring deaths to hundreds of millions of people, and enormous suffering to those who survived. The struggle for peace and safety of the nations has always been one of the main goals of Soviet foreign policy. (06.52)
Day after day, our government firmly stands for Lenin’s policy of peaceful coexistence, for the establishment of beneficial relations with all countries, regardless of their social systems. The forms of these relations are well known: visits by government officials, and their personal contacts. (07.36) Sport plays a similar role. Sporting events, competitions between the young, powerful, and healthy. It does not matter what the contacts with the ambassadors from other nations are like. They always share the same goal, which is to ensure peaceful conditions for the commonwealth of socialist countries, and to improve the international climate.
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