The 1980s brought about a lot of changes in the Soviet union. Things like the collapse of Soviet communism and the social transformation that followed it had a many effects on the Soviet people. One group that was particularly affected by the changing Soviet Union was the nation’s youth. Young people began questioning authority and developing an unease in their elders.
At the time, the policies of traditional Soviet culture that focused on the youth was centered on schooling and the Komsomol. Being outdated and becoming discredited, they were not popular with the youth. Instead they responded to the authorities’ inability to answer their questions with everything from a growing interest in rock music to incidents of civil disobedience.
This culture of questioning authority and rebelling against the traditional Soviet values and culture was highlighted by a 1986 documentary directed by Juris Podnieks. Entitled Is it Easy Being Young? the film followed a rock concert and interviewed young people about their feelings on various issues.
Overall, the unrest and rebellion of the Soviet youth characterizes one aspect of the social transformations that occurred as a result of the crumbling of Soviet communism. Their attitude of distrust towards the old Soviet traditions exemplified the new era of freedom and opportunity that was occurring in the Soviet Union at the time.