(The Soviet Union), a monthly illustrated sociopolitical magazine. Founded in 1930 by M. Gorky, the magazine was called SSSR na stroike (The USSR in Construction) until 1950. It is published in Moscow in 19 languages: Russian, English, German, and French (all since 1930), Spanish (since 1937), Chinese (since 1950), Korean (since 1954), Japanese (since 1955), Arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Urdu, and Hindi (all since 1956), Finnish (since 1957), Rumanian (since 1957), Hungarian (since 1958), Mongolian (since 1960), Bengali (since 1967), Vietnamese (since 1968), and Italian (since 1969).
Sovetskii Soiuz mainly features documentary photos, photo essays and reports, and articles on public affairs. It deals with the various nationalities of the USSR and the achievements of the Soviet economy and Soviet science, technology, culture, and art, as well as with the everyday life of Soviet people. It devotes much attention to photo chronicles of the peace-loving foreign policy of the USSR. The magazine features color art reproductions, fairy tales for children, and a women’s section. It also prints answers to questions from foreign readers.
Sovetskii Soiuz is circulated in the USSR and in more than 130 countries. Total circulation of all publications, 1.3 million (1975). Sovetskii Soiuz also publishes the magazine Sport v SSSR (Sports in the USSR).