The unearthing of a Soviet time capsule which was buried 50 years ago in Siberia has shed new light on the vast ambitions of the communist community back in 1967, including the assumption that we would by now be cooperating with aliens.
The capsule, finally opened at the cultural center in the city of Novosibirsk where it had spent half a century buried underground, was intended by its creators to be opened in 2017 in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
Inside was a three-page letter detailing the future envisioned by Soviets. "We believe that you have masterfully outfitted our wonderful blue planet, the Earth, explored the Moon and landed on Mars, that you are continuing the exploration of space started by the people of the first half of the century and that your starships have been long prowling the Galaxy,” the message reads.
“We believe you are negotiating cultural and scientific cooperation with representatives of other, extraterrestrial civilizations.”
Besides imagining that the human race would by now have conquered the furthest reaches of outer space and established contact with alien races, the letter's authors had clearly hoped for a future in which communism was the dominant political ideology – at least on this planet.
“We know, our time is interesting, but yours is more interesting. We have built communism, and you are living under communism,” they wrote, somewhat optimistically.
Before the capsule was opened during an official ceremony to mark the occasion, a minute's silence was observed on behalf of the people who originally buried it.
The Russian Revolutions took place in February 1917 and October 1917 (March and November in the Gregorian calendars, respectively). The first toppled the 200-year-old Tsarist autocracy; the second brought the communist Bolsheviks to power, eventually giving rise to the Soviet Union.