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Questions regarding the USSR National Anthems

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Jan 2007, 06:03
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Post 21 Feb 2007, 06:15
How was the USSR anthem (1944-1953) played in international meetings or inside the USSR, if it was played at all? Were only the first two stanzas played, or were all six?

Same question again for the 1953-1977 anthem(the one without lyrics), and the 1977-1991 anthem. Wouldn't it have been extraordinarily long to play at any event?

And what about the Internationale? Was it used in any international meeting? How was it used inside the USSR?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Jun 2006, 02:51
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Post 26 Feb 2007, 22:13
I can't really answer your question, but I've heard recordings and things of a shortened version of the anthem that doesn't do all Stanzas, so some of that must have been done sometimes. I'm sure it also depended on where it was being played.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Oct 2004, 22:04
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Post 27 Feb 2007, 02:21
I would imagine it would depend on the event. For international events like the Olympics the anthem would be played instrumentally with only the first two stanzas performed. I'm not sure about meetings of socialist countries, but would assume it would be played in its entirety. Inside the USSR, the anthem was played in its entirety in the morning and at night on the radio and on television at sign on and sign off (as in most countries), and at most public events.

The Internationale continued to be the official song of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and was played often at many internal events, and at at inter-party and inter-country meetings.
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