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Bodybuilding in the U.S.S.R. and Socialist Countries was prohibited since 1973. Finally in 1987 bodybuilding was officially recognized in the U.S.S.R. and a new „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ («Федерация культуризма С.С.С.Р.») was established as it was planned by several persons in 1986. Then those persons after 1986 „Amber Prix International“ (“Gintarinis prizas”, «Янтарный приз», 1968 – 2023) came together at the appartments of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS in Klaipeda (Lithuanian SSR, full article on this meeting is on International Site ). At that time the „U.S.S.R. Ministry of Sport“ („Министерство спорта С.С.С.Р.», «Госкомспорт С.С.С.Р.“) was led by the Minister ALEKSANDR KOLESOV (Александр Колесов). Official recognition of bodybuilding needed several formal steps: the meeting of the U.S.S.R. bodybuilders to set a new „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“, to set Chairmen and establish Committees.

Before the 1987 meeting of the U.S.S.R. bodybuilders in Kubenka two important International Contests were held. That were the 1987 „Amber Prix International“ (Klaipeda) and the „White Nights“ («Белыеночи», Leningrad, R.S.F.S.R.) competitions. It was the last time in 1987 when the „Amber Prix International“ was run as the „Unofficial U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ («неофициальный чемпионат С.С.С.Р. по культуризму»). It lasted since 1978 in Klaipeda. The official representative of the „U.S.S.R. Ministry of Sport“ VALERIJ TAMARLAKOV (Валерий Тамарлаков) was present at the 1987 „Amber Prix International“. Also another Contest was run in Leningrad and it was the „White Nights“.

On August 11, 1987  the meeting of the U.S.S.R. bodybuilders was set in Kubenka (R.S.F.S.R. Moscow region). Representatives of eleven Socialist Republics participated at the event. Instead of the old formal „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ («Комиссия атлетической гимнастики С.С.С.Р.») representatives of Leningrad City VLADIMIR DUBININ (Владимир Дубинин) and VASILIJ CAIKOVSKIJ (Василий Чайковский) preposed to create a new „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“.  The old one did not preforme any noticable work so new changes were needeed. We would like to remind that in 1978 DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wrote bodybuilding defending petition and presented it to the highest U.S.S.R. political institutions, including the „U.S.S.R. Central Committee of Communist Party“ («Центральный комитет коммунистической партии С.С.С.Р.»). This gave possibilities of prosecution of bodybuilding be not so strong. This way in 1979 the old and formal  „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ was set at the „U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation“ («Федерация тяжёлой атлетики С.С.С.Р.»). It was led by a R.S.F.S.R. weightlifter Chairman ROMAN MOROZ (Роман Мороз). The Secretary of the old federation was ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. In fact ROMAN MOROZ was fare away from bodybuilding and ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS did the work alone himself. There were no possibilities to do any normal work as bodybuilding it the U.S.S.R. was prohibited.

The Chairmen of the new „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ were ellected at the 1987 meeting in Kubenka. The influence of weightlifting still was evident and the first President of the federation became a famous R.S.F.S.R. weighlifter Olympic Champion JURIJ VLASOV (Юрий Власов). Basing on his popularity JURIJ VLASOV did all formal paper work for the new federation. Two Vice Chairmen of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ were ellected: VASILIJ CAIKOVSKIJ and ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. The Secretary of the federation was chosen the Official of the „U.S.S.R. Ministry of Sport“ VALERIJ TAMNARLAKOV.

Along with the meeting in Kubenka two seminars were held. First one was of ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. He told bodybuilders about the „supplements“, their positive and negative sides. Also he told how he overused them and this way spoiled his health. Since that time he can not train anymore now.

Another seminar was done by a contemporary poet and drama writter VITALIJ ASOVSKIJ (Виталий Асовский). He represented the famous „Vilnius Bodybuilding School“ («Вильнюсская школа культуризма»). The School was established in middle of sixties of the last Century  by a talanted trained CESLAV TAMULEVIC (Чеслав Тамулевич, 1945 – 2023, in 2019 awarded with the „International Honour Silver Medal“ by the International President of W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS). For two decades the representatives of the „Vilnius Bodybuilding School“ were among top U.S.S.R. bodybuilders. VITALIJ ASOVSKIJ replaced the Chairman when in 1980 due to illness CESLAV TAMULEVIC left bodybuilding. In Kubenka VITALIJ ASOVSKIJ told bodybuilders about posing, routines. He classified all poses of bodybuilders and presented the programmes on stage himself. At that time Soviet Bodybuilding was much higher in level if compared to today‘s primitiveness... Soviet Bodybuilding was SPORT!

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