What were the Soviet people most afraid of? The main fears - from the evil eye to nuclear war
Evil tongues say that the citizens of the Soviet Union all the time lived in fear. This is partly true: the Soviet people really had phobias, like, in fact, all the inhabitants of the globe.
We remember what we feared the most in the USSR ...
It was the main fear of any Soviet person, periodically aggravated after the next training alarms. Almost every citizen of the USSR imagined what a “nuclear mushroom” looked like, knew in which direction it was necessary to fall, if a nuclear outburst from it occurred on the right side, deftly coped with a gas mask, orchestrated well in a bomb shelter. The fear of a nuclear catastrophe released the Soviet man just before the very end of the Soviet Union, when the Americans became named friends.
If among Americans the inexplicable fear of clowns is widespread, in the Soviet Union this role of monsters was carried out by policemen. “A policeman will come and take you away,” this motherly call to order is familiar to almost every Soviet person. True, one cannot say that Soviet children were especially afraid of the police: the fear of spontaneous contacts with law enforcement agencies appeared already at a more mature age.
Fear of being recruited by foreign intelligence
This was feared even by those people whose activities would hardly be interested in Western intelligence services. Citizens of foreign countries, especially capitalist, most of the Soviet people were afraid of fire. In the first place, of course, this concerned Soviet citizens who went abroad: almost all the time, the person was in suspense waiting for a trick from the CIA. In addition, the KGB curators, who, as a rule, accompanied all Soviet tourist and business groups, maintained a high level of fear from the business trip.
This abbreviation, which stands for “The Department for Combating the Theft of Socialist Property,” was feared by every trade worker: from the director of a large department store to the seller of a rural store.Employees OBKHSS appeared unexpectedly and checked the work of the scales, the moisture level in the sausage (skillful sellers specially soaked it to increase the weight), the presence of the left product in the warehouse. Fear was further reinforced by the fact that some of those involved in high-profile criminal cases involving the theft of the Yeliseyevsky supermarket in Moscow and the Okean fish store systems were sentenced to capital punishment - execution.
All kinds of guards, trade unions and other "notaries". Here the majority of Soviet citizens went, as in the block. Sometimes it seemed that some neuroparalytic gas was being sprayed into the walls of these institutions: even the most impassable arrogant and egocentric people here recalled humility and humility.
Cheating in the store
If the Soviet sellers were afraid of OBKHSS, then citizens unrelated to the trade were afraid of cheating in stores. In the late USSR, precise bodywork technologies and other product manipulations flourished. The Soviet man answered the calls of dishonest merchants with a bezmen, who took with him on every trip to a vegetable or grocery store.
This fear went to the Soviet people from distant ancestors, and it “worked” no matter how savvy the citizen was in Marxism-Leninism, in physics and other natural sciences. Therefore, in situations in which some Anglo-Saxon boasted about the upcoming successful deal, the Soviet man lamented how everything did not work out for him in life or he did not like to spit on his left shoulder and pounded on the tree. The fear of the evil eye has safely migrated to the current citizens of Russia.