11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain

In the 1950s, the Soviet computer industry's future seemed bright with the MESM. But by the '80s, they were more content to simply clone their Western counterparts. Oobject brings us this collection of 11 incredible Soviet-made number crunchers.

Once you've had your fill of these, check out some Soviet satellites, ten more Soviet ripoffs, and these marvelous mechanical calculators.

11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain

1950: MESM, The first universally programmable computer in continental Europe


11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1950s-60s: BESM Mainframe
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1958: Setun Terniary (3 rather than 2 state, binary) computer
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1959: Ural 1 Mainframe
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1974: MERA 300 Polish Mini Computer
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1983: AGAT, Apple II Clone
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1985: Elektronika BK Home Computer
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1987: UKNC School Computer
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1987: Vector-06C Home Computer
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1988: East German Robotron RVS K 1840
11 Computers from Behind the Iron Curtain 1991: Dubna 48k, Sinclair Spectrum Clone