By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 6, 2021) – In Issue 2021-128 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we go back to the USSR for a look at this date in history.


The Russian Empire officially became the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR or abbreviated in Russian as CCCP using Cyrillic letters) on this date in 1923.

The creation of the Soviet Union was importantly instigated by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov while in Russia and while living in exile in Western Europe, mostly in Switzerland.

To avoid being identified, he changed his name from time to time; the last change was taken after the Siberian river, Lena.  Lenin, of course.

The classless society he helped to build had two classes in reality – those in power with many privileges and goods, and the rest. 

Here is a 1950s propaganda map highlighting the diverse cultures the various republics brought to the USSR.   Then they all separated from Moscow’s grip when they finally could in the early 1990s.

1950s propaganda map of USSR (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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