What It's Like

13 Things You Didn't Know About Daily Life In The Soviet Union

Here's the standard high school history class summary of the Soviet Union: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was a communist state from 1922 to 1991 and was a big rival of the US from WWII to the end of the '80s. But what was the Soviet Union really like? What was it like living in the Soviet Union? That same history class probably told you that it was awful, but it's a lot more complicated than that.

Daily life in the Soviet Union, it turns out, was in many ways, just like you've heard, especially in the early days of famines and forced labor camps. But like any large, modern country/union - and the USSR was literally the largest - the quality of life in Soviet Russia varied wildly over the years, depending on many complicated factors. Read on for some fascinating facts you may not know about Soviet daily life.