Intourist is a Russian travel agency and in fact was the official state travel agency of the Soviet Union, founded in 1929. Intourist was responsible for managing the great majority of foreigners' access to, and travel within, the Soviet Union. It was Intourist which opened the first door in the <iron curtain> by allowing visitors to see with their own eyes what was happening in the USSR - a country which had undergone tremendous upheaval - and saw the historical experiment, in the epicenter of which it found itself was progressing. The development of Intourist went in two directions -the foreign field,, related to international sales of tours around the USSR, and the domestic one, aimed at providing support for tourism inside the country - accommodations, excursions, transportation, (air, rail, boat, and automobile) sales of souvenirs and works of art, visits to theatres and concert halls.After over 60 years of controlling all foreigners' travel within the Soviet Union, Intourist was privatized in 1992.
This charming image depicts typical Russian style dolls cruising down the Volga River in a Slavic design sailboat. The sail bears the symbol of Intourist. The viewer is encourages to take the trip along the Volga River that transports you through the core of the USSR.
The Volga is the longest river in Europe. It is also Europe's largest river in terms of discharge and watershed. The river flows through central Russia and into the Caspian Sea, and is widely regarded as the national river of Russia. Eleven of the twenty largest cities of Russia, including the capital, Moscow, are located in the Volga's watershed. Some of the largest reservoirs in the world can be found along the Volga. The river has a symbolic meaning in Russian culture and is often referred to as Mother Volga in Russian literature and folklore.
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