Alexei Stakhanov: The USSR's superstar miner

Alexei Stakhanov: The USSR's superstar miner
 

In December 1935, Time magazine's cover photo featured the celebrated Soviet worker Alexei Stakhanov. The US was still in the grip of the Great Depression and Stakhanov was a poster boy for communism - the figurehead of a new workers' movement dedicated to increasing production. But the good times for Stakhanov did not last forever.
"He loved his job, and everything he achieved was through his own hard work, his own talent and perseverance," says Violetta Stakhanova, the daughter of Alexei Stakhanov.
Stakhanov was a miner in Donbass, a coal-producing region in Soviet Ukraine.... read more

 
30 December 2015 in World News, Views: 29
Source: BBC
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