This picture is hyperlinked to a website showcasing Soviet Punk Culture.
As young adults, I figured we could all relate to the topic of youth dissidence in late Soviet Russia. Seventeen Moments credited the rapid decline of success among the younger generation to the failure of the “declining authority” of the family, and even the failure of the school systems to appear legitimate in the eyes of the students. So, instead of dragging through the outdated education system and listening to their parents, the Soviet youth turned to a variety of different outlets, but the most interesting one I read about was motorcycle gangs.
These groups of motorcyclists were known by a variety of ways, but in this essay written by a student at Moscow State University, he credited the newspapers with naming the group “The Rockers.” He pointed out in his essay that many towns across the Soviet Union were home to these motorcycle groups. And it was not something the Taxi drivers were happy about either. The essay goes into detail about how these groups would harass the drivers, and that the drivers would take matters into their own hands to solve the dissidence.
These motorcycle gangs became so problematic that a law was passed prohibiting motorcycles from traveling in groups. However the law was fairly broad and hard to enforce since no one really knew who was a part of the “rockers” and when they were most likely to travel. There were some complications that the essay discusses in more detail.
I mainly thought this was cool because it’s kind of a trend across all decades that there is some form of teen angst that perpetuates through society. Kind of funny that in Soviet Russia the angst took form in motorcycle gangs. I tried to find more on the issue in the Current Digest but nothing came up about the law against traveling in groups, or even teenage dissidence.