A Day in the Life . . . of the Soviet Union

All photographs from A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union, to be published in November. Copyright (c) 1987 Collins Publishers, Inc.

At 7:30 a.m. the sun is barely clearing the hills above the Pacific port of Vladivostok, less than 40 miles from China. At the same moment, on the Bering Strait across from Alaska, the easternmost edge of the Soviet world is well on the way to an Arctic noon. And in Moscow, ten time zones to the west over an endless expanse of tundra, forests and inland seas, it is half past midnight, and yesterday has just ended. Not for eight hours will the commuters to the left head for their jobs in the capital from suburban Zagorsk. In the Soviet...

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