White Sinclair Spectrum Clone with Russian characters, unknown maker, Russia, 1980-1990
Large numbers of clones of Sinclair computers were produced in the former Soviet Union. It was impossible for computer enthusiasts to legitimately get hold of genuine western computer technology before the removal of the Iron Curtain, leading electronics enthusiasts in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to reverse-engineer smuggled-in western machines. Clones were also made unofficially in State electronics plants by workers who made the machines as low-volume hand-assembled kits. They were used with domestic tape recorders and television sets. This process was made more problematical for Soviet users by the fact that they used a different alphabet. Sinclair computers remained popular in Russia until quite recently, although PCs are now predominant as elsewhere in the world.
- Computing & Data Processing
- Object Number:
- personal computer
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
View manifest in IIIF viewer
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.