In the USSR, The Right to Work

“In the USSR, The Right to Work” documents the working lives of the Soviet people and the opportunities which existed to pursue fulfilling careers.

The Right to Work for all Soviet people was guaranteed by the Constitution of the USSR. Industrialization and collectivization in the 1920s ensured that unemployment had been entirely eliminated in the USSR by 1930.

The Soviet people were free to choose their career path in accordance with the needs of society, and discrimination on the basis of sex, race, nationality, or religion was prohibited in determining job assignments. Trade union committees functioned to protect the rights of workers at their places of employment.

On the Soviet Film Project:
At the end of 2008, various comrades regained possession of a cache of films that used to be the film library of the Berkeley, CA branch of the Soviet-American Friendship Society. The collection consists of about 300 films on a variety of topics. They are in Russian with English subtitles, and represent the Soviet Union speaking of itself, in its own voice.

The U. S. Friends of the Soviet People (USFSP) agreed to take possession of these films in 2009, and raise the funds and perform the work to digitize the collection, and to distribute its contents both via recorded media (like DVDs) and via the Internet.

Today, with the funds we have raised, we have finally been able to begin publishing these digitized films. If you would like to support us in continuing to digitize more films, please make a donation to USFSP at .

We do this not to profit from the work, but to preserve the memory of the USSR and its many achievements, and to pass that memory on to future generations.