Soviet Union

National Anthem of the USSR

Государственный гимн СССР

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The Soviet anthem went through numerous revisions in the five decades for which it was used, from its introduction in 1941 by Joseph Stalin during the Second World War through to the collapse of the USSR in 1991 (including a period where the anthem had all lyrics removed and was performed as an instrumental piece).

Before 1941, the Soviet anthem was the Internationale, the global worker's song.

The current Russian anthem is musically identical to the Soviet anthem, though the lyrics have, yet again, been changed to suit a new party line.

Lyrics:

1944 Lyrics, Russian (Cyrillic):

Союз нерушимый республик свободных
Сплотила навеки Великая Русь.
Да здравствует созданный волей народов
Единый, могучий Советский Союз!

Chorus:
Славься, Отечество наше свободное,
Дружбы народов надёжный оплот!
Знамя советское, знамя народное
Пусть от победы к победе ведёт!

Сквозь грозы сияло нам солнце свободы,
И Ленин великий нам путь озарил:
Нас вырастил Сталин — на верность народу,
На труд и на подвиги нас вдохновил!

Chorus

Мы армию нашу растили в сраженьях.
Захватчиков подлых с дороги сметём!
Мы в битвах решаем судьбу поколений,
Мы к славе Отчизну свою поведём!

Chorus

1944 Lyrics, Russian (Transliterated):

Soyuz nyerushimyy respublik svobodnykh
Splotila naveki Velikaya Rus’.
Da zdravstvuyet sozdannyy voley narodov
Yedinyy, moguchiy Sovetskiy Soyuz!

Chorus:
Slavsya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,
Druzhby narodov nadyozhnyy oplot,
Znamya sovetskoye, znamya narodnoye
Pust’ ot pobedy k pobede vedyot!

Skvoz’ grozy siyalo nam solntse svobody,
I Lenin velikiy nam put’ ozaril,
Nas vyrastil Stalin – na vernost’ narodu,
Na trud i na podvigi nas vdokhnovil!

Chorus

My armiyu nashu rastili v srazhen’yakh,
Zakhvatchikov podlykh s dorogi smetyom!
My v bitvakh reshayem sud’bu pokoleniy,
My k slave Otchiznu svoyu povedyom!

Chorus

1944 Lyrics, English:

An unbreakable union of free republics,
Great Rus’ joined together forever.
Long live the creation of the will of the peoples,
The united, the mighty Soviet Union!

Chorus:
Be glorified, our fatherland, united and free!
The sure bulwark of the friendship of the peoples!
Flag of the Soviets, Flag of the people,
Let it lead from victory to victory!

Through storms the sun of freedom has shined upon us,
And the great Lenin has lighted the way
Stalin has taught us faithfulness to the people,
To labour, and inspired us to great feats!

Chorus

We brought our army to the battles.
We shall brave the despicable invaders from the street!
In battles we shall decide the fate of generations,
We shall lead to the glory of the Motherland!

Chorus

1977 Lyrics, Russian (Cyrillic):

Союз нерушимый республик свободных
Сплотила навеки Великая Русь!
Да здравствует созданный волей народов
Единый, могучий Советский Союз!

Chorus:
Славься, Отечество наше свободное,
Дружбы народов надёжный оплот!
Партия Ленина—сила народная
Нас к торжеству коммунизма ведёт!

Сквозь грозы сияло нам солнце свободы,
И Ленин великий нам путь озарил:
На правое дело он поднял народы,
На труд и на подвиги нас вдохновил!

Chorus

В победе бессмертных идей коммунизма
Мы видим грядущее нашей страны,
И Красному знамени славной Отчизны
Мы будем всегда беззаветно верны!

Chorus

1977 Lyrics, Russian (transliterated):

Soyuz nerushimyy respublik svobodnykh
Splotila naveki velikaya Rus’!
Da zdravstvuyet sozdannyy voley narodov
Yedinyy, moguchiy Sovetskiy Soyuz!

Chorus:
Slav’sya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,
Druzhby narodov nadyozhny oplot!
Partiya Lenina — sila narodnaya
Nas k torzhestvu kommunizma vedyot!

Skvoz’ grozy siyalo nam solntse svobody,
I Lenin velikiy nam put’ ozaril,
Na pravoye delo on podnyal narody,
Na trud i na podvigi nas vdokhnovil!

Chorus

V pobede bessmertnykh idey kommunizma
My vidim gryadushcheye nashey strany,
I krasnomu znameni slavnoy otchizny
My budem vsegda bezzavetno verny!

Chorus

1977 Lyrics, English:

An unbreakable union of free republics,
Great Rus’ has welded forever to stand!
Created in struggle by the will-of-the-people,
The united, the mighty Soviet Union.

Chorus:
Be glorified, our fatherland, united and free!
Bulwark of people, in brotherhood strong!
Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
It leads us to the triumph of Communism.

Through tempests the sun of freedom shone to us,
And the great Lenin lighted us the way.
He raised peoples to the righteous cause,
Inspired us to labour and to acts of heroism.

Chorus

In the victory of the immortal ideas of Communism
We see the future of our country,
And to the Red banner of our glorious Fatherland
We shall always be selflessly true.

Chorus

Details:

Composer:
Alexander Alexandrov
Lyricist:
Sergey Mikhalkov
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