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What Kyiv looked like in the 1970s Through These Stunning Vintage Photos

Kyiv’s machine-building and metal working industries grew in importance in the 1970s. Kyiv’s economy depended heavily on industrial production, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The city underwent another round of gradual Rustication. Attempts to challenge Soviet rule were brutally suppressed, especially concerning democracy, the Ukrainian SSR’s self-government, and ethnic-religious issues.

Since the war, Kyiv has steadily expanded, annexing villages to its west, east, and north. These new suburbs have been home to many large apartment complexes since the 1970s. Kyiv’s total housing fund increased from 6.74 million square meters in 1950 to 33.6 million square meters in 1981.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and Ukraine’s independence in 1991, Kyiv remained Ukraine’s capital and experienced a steady influx of ethnic Ukrainian migrants from other regions of the country. During Ukraine’s transition to a market economy and electoral democracy, Kyiv has remained the country’s largest and wealthiest city.

#1 First show with wind, Kyiv, 1970

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#2 Laces of balconies, Kyiv, 1970

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#3 Raining, Shevchenko park, Kyiv, 1971

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#4 Celebration of October Revolution, Kyiv, 1972

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#5 Celebration of October Revolution, Kyiv, 1972

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#6 Celebration of October Revolution, Kyiv, 1972

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#7 Main street in Kyiv, 1972

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#8 Andreev Slope, Kyiv, 1977

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#9 Dove-cote in Kyiv, 1977

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#10 In old Kyiv, 1977

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#11 View on Georgeev monastery, Kyiv, 1977

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#12 Andreev Slope, Kyiv, 1978

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#13 In old monastery, Kyiv, 1978

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#14 Old Kyiv, 1978

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#15 Quiet street in Kyiv, 1978

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#16 Spring, Kyiv, 1978

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#17 “Golden gates”. Remains of 11 century entrance to Kyiv. 1978

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#18 Soccer – European Cup – Semi Final Second Leg – Borussia Monchengladbach v Dynamo Kyiv – Rheinstadion

Borussia Monchengladbach team bus.

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#19 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 1976

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 1976

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#20 Historic monument to Helman Bogdan Khmelnitsky, 1976

Historic monument to Helman Bogdan Khmelnitsky, 1976

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#21 People on a Kyiv avenue, 1976

People on a Kyiv avenue, 1976

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#22 Khreshchatyk Street, the largest street in Kyiv, 1976

Khreshchatyk Street, the largest street in Kyiv, 1976

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#23 Riders on the front of the hotel, Albena.

Riders on the front of the hotel, Albena.

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#24 A statue of Lenin in front of a building of the Soviet Communist Party in Kyiv, 1976

A statue of Lenin in front of a building of the Soviet Communist Party in Kyiv, 1976

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#25 Soviet people are gathered to read the news in front of a shop window on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv

Soviet people are gathered to read the news in front of a shop window on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv

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#26 Soviet people are gathered to read the news in front of a shop window on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv.

Soviet people are gathered to read the news in front of a shop window on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv.

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#27 Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv, 1975

Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv, 1975

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#28 People walk on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv

People walk on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv

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#29 People walk on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv

People walk on Khreshchatyk Street on October 18, 1975 in Kyiv

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#30 Kyiv of the medieval Saint Sophia cathedral, 1975

Kyiv of the medieval Saint Sophia cathedral, 1975

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#31 Hotel Dnipro, near Khreshchatyi Park, a city park in Kyiv located next to the European Square, 1975

Hotel Dnipro, near Khreshchatyi Park, a city park in Kyiv located next to the European Square, 1975

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#32 Dnipro hotel on Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv, 1975

Dnipro hotel on Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv, 1975

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#33 Students Mark Anniversary of Massacre; Marchers parade through Nathan Phillips Square today to comme.

Students Mark Anniversary of Massacre; Marchers parade through Nathan Phillips Square today to comme.

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#34 Boats and barges line the Dnieper River in Kyiv.

Boats and barges line the Dnieper River in Kyiv.

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#35 The Dnieper River flows through a forested area in the Ukraine, near kyiv, 1975

The Dnieper River flows through a forested area in the Ukraine, near kyiv, 1975

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