Science and Culture
(Extracts from the classified summary report of the Minister of Education and Culture on the anniversary meeting of students of higher military political schools)

We have to admit that branches of science in the post-nuclear Soviet Union developed very unevenly as a result of large-scale war losses, and post-war disasters, adverse demographics and general underdevelopment of the modern economy in the living conditions when separated from each other enclaves.

Of course the humanities like philosophy, economical history, and social history continue their active development due to the natural reliance on the fundamental Marxism-Leninism laws. At the same time general humanitarian technologies developed in a minimally sufficient way, even in spite of seven years of general secondary education.

On the other hand the life sciences like genetics, zoology, virology, immunology, botany and etc. for the last fifteen years have developed extremely quickly, especially if you take into account the relative primitiveness of the modern experimental and hardware base. Many scientific breakthroughs were made in cybernetics, robotics, physics of ultra-fast particles and in materials science.

However, and this fact can’t be denied, the areas of applied knowledge, such as metallurgy, agricultural chemistry, and aerodynamics are in decline.

The most prestigious Universities of the county are Pobedograd National University n.a. Kosygin, the State Historical Archives Institute, Union Energy Institute n.a. New GOELRO, Pobedograd Institute of fur-farming and greenhouses, as well as the Higher Military Academy n.a. Malinowsky.

Each of these institutions is a division of its relevant research complex. For example, the Historical Archives Institute submits to the Academy of Marxism-Leninism, and the Institute of fur-farming is run by CRI of Bionorm and Deviancy.

Universities still accept people from 19 years old, but only after 5 years of work in the Soviet economy or military service. In some rare cases (after recommendations of special selection committees) the admission to universities can be granted immediately after a seven-year school.

The present-day USSR, as it is known to every Soviet person, features the absence of separation of elite and mass culture. All cultural products are made for the masses by professionals, and professionals, in turn, are not guided by internal creative impulses and not by considerations of commercial benefit, which was typical for pre-war imperialist states, but the guiding precepts of the party and government, as well as the views expressed by the central press.

The most developed areas of culture are cinema, popular music (symphonic and chamber music has remained in pre-war past), monumental sculpture and architecture. Fine art is represented mainly by poster graphics and large-scale mural in public buildings.

The Ballet was on the brink of extinction due to the simultaneous loss of the leading artists. But with the personal patronage of the Minister of Defense, comrade Malinowsky, many talented young survivors from regional and national teams were recruited for the Bolshoi Theater.

The global television network in the Soviet Union no longer exists. It happened both due to the unavailability of TV sets for personal possession and use, and due to the inability to maintain the network of quality television repeaters.

The only global mass media is wired radio. Wired radio broadcasts news, government regulations, and popular music. There are number of radio magazines. Radio plays are very popular among the citizens.

Shorts, along with feature films, from the late 1970s series became very popular. They usually consist of 12-18 short episodes.

A few actors, moving from one medium to another are often also popular singers and radio hosts. They are extremely loved by the people and that is why the actors are the main elements of education and advocacy to deliver new ideas, skills and behavioral rules to the working people.

Songs are widely spread in USSR. Lessons of patriotic singing are used in school and just as important as biology and mathematics.

Art museums are almost gone due to natural causes. In addition, after the June 1977 Plenum of the Central Committee, the paintings were considered as bourgeois relic. Soviet artists mainly work in the genre of campaign posters and producing visual aids. In Pobedograd there is a Central Museum of Victory and several other military-patriotic museums (which are part-concert halls), and the Museum of Coinage.