The May of Anxiety and Hope.. (1991)

Film-document №9920 1 part, Duration: 0:10:00 to collection Price category A
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Producer CSDF (RCSDF)

Director: Ramenskiy V.

Operators: Bgancev I., Izvekov V., Istomin A.


The film tells about the mass-meeting in the Red Square in the city of Moscow dedicated to price increase and organized by the Moscow Federation of Trade Unions and the Association of Free Trade Unions on May 1, 1991.

May 1

Holidays | Social life

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Rallies and demonstrations in Moscow on the 1st of May 1991: The rally in Red Square, Moscow downtown. Address by the President of the Moscow Federation of Trade Unions Shmakov (synchronously), the chair of the General Confederation of Trade Unions of the USSR Shcherbakov (synchronously).

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The Kremlin, Cathedrals, empty Red Square.

A panorama of participants in the meeting held by the Moscow Federation of Trade Unions and the Association of Free Trade Unions in the streets before the meeting carrying the posters with the inscription “Rost tsen – v interesakh burzhuazii.

Net povysheniyu tsen” [“The price increases serve the bourgeoisie 's interest.

No price increases!”] and others; they are going to the Red Square.

A panorama of a marcher holding a portrait of Joseph Stalin.

A panorama of a woman running with a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.

A panorama of the Red Square's block-stone pavement.

The Banner with inscription “V edinstve nasha sila” [“Our Power Is In Unity”].

Meeting participants are walking with the Banner “Edinstvo, solidarnost, prava cheloveka truda” [“Unity, Solidarity, Rights of Working People”].

The USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Chairman of Supreme Council of the USSR A. Lukyanov, leaders and activists of Moscow Trade Unions are at the tribune of the Lenin Mausoleum.

The chimes (ten o'clock).

The Chairman of the Moscow Federation of Trade Unions Shmakov is opening the meeting.

Meeting participants are holding posters with the inscriptions “Trebuem zakona ob indeksatsii” [“We require adopting a law about subscripting”], “My protiv udorozhaniya detskih tovarov” [“We are against the increasing of prices for children goods ”], “Parlamentarii – obespechit' sotsialnuyu zashchitu trudyashchikhsya” [“Parliamentarians!

Provide the workers with the social protection”], “Za dostoinuyu tsenu rabochey sily” We are for Value of Labour Power!], “Ne delaite iz nas zhulikov!” [“Don't turn us into thieves!”], “Razvalim ekonomiku – pogibnem vse” [“If we break down the economy, we all will die”], “Otmenit' 5% nalog s prodazh i uslug” [“Abolish 5% of Sales and Service Tax ”] and others.

Meeting participants.

The Chairman of the General Confederation of Trade Unions Shcherbakov, the Chairman of the Trade Unions Committee of Krasnokholmsk Integrated Plant T. Borvenko, the welder from the plant “Elektroshchit” [“Electric Shield”] Romashkin, and People’s Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Olga Aroseyeva are making speeches.

Banners with the inscriptions “Rabotu dayot ne birzha truda, a poryadok v strane” [“Jobs are given not at the Labor Exchange but put right by the order in the country”], “Snizit' tseny na detskie tovary” [“Decrease prices for children’s goods ”], “My protiv raskola i separatizma” [“We are against the rift and separatism”].

Meeting participants are carrying a resolution (voting and applauding).