These images of a collapsing Soviet Union look like something straight out of my Great Grandmother's photo album, not something from the late 80s or early 90s. In 1991 the UUSR was dissolved and the Cold War ended. These images were taken a months before that happened.
By the late 1980s The economic and human toll from waging war in Afghanistan had depleted Soviet resources and demoralized the population. Shortages of food and other consumer items fueled the fire of the dissent of the USSR and it satellite countries. The images were captured by American photojournalist Peter Turnley, who is best known for documenting the human condition.