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What Really Happened to the Grand Duchess Anastasia?

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

Russian history in U.S. schools is usually limited to Lenin, Stalin, the space race, and maybe now they include the fall of the Soviet Union. Depending on your age, you likely learned about Nicholas II, the last Tsar and his family from movies, because it was a very dramatic story. Show More Summary

Pentagon chief calls Russia out over 'nuclear saber-rattling'

Russia could be more willing to deploy nuclear weapons today than the Soviet Union ever was during the Cold War, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Monday. Speaking at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota near the Canadian border,...Show More Summary

This Trippy Film Was the Only Animation Banned by Soviet Censors

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Animation in the Soviet Union was often a glorious thing to behold: experimental, surreal, and eclectic, even amidst government censorship. In fact, just one home-grown animated film didn’t make it past the censors: Andrei Khrzhanovsky’s 1968 satire The Glass Harmonica. Read more...

Putin Has Finally Reincarnated the KGB

Twenty five years after the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union’s most infamous spy agency is back in all but name.

Rudolf Barshai’s legacy returns to Moscow

The eminent violist and conductor, founder of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, fled the Soviet Union in 1977 and went on to head orchestras in Israel, Canada, France and Germany. Barshai died in Switzerland in 2010. Now his widow, Elena, will deposit his music archive at the Moscow Conservatoire in a ceremony next week.

The Virtues of Nuclear Ignorance

Americans of a certain age are well acquainted with one of Ronald Reagan’s pithier maxims: “Trust, but verify.” It is a translation of a Russian proverb, and Reagan used it often in his dealings with the Soviet Union over nuclear disarmament, as both countries chipped away tentatively at their Cold War stockpiles. Show More Summary

Sylvester Stallone shares rare never-before-seen photos of himself fighting Ivan Drago

It was Christmas Day, 1985. Philadelphia fighter Rocky Balboa had decamped to the Soviet Union, where he would train in complete isolation in the snowy hills Krasnogourbinsk for his forthcoming fight with Ivan Drago, who had just killed his best friend Apollo (...)

Sylvester Stallone shares rare never-before-seen photos of himself fighting Ivan Drago

It was Christmas Day, 1985. Philadelphia fighter Rocky Balboa had decamped to the Soviet Union, where he would train in complete (...)

Alliances

Noah Rothman is my brother-in-arms at Commentary magazine. He is a sterling thinker and writer, with particular expertise in Russia and the former Soviet Union. I have done a podcast with him — a Q&A — in which we talk about Russia and its neighbors, especially in light of our presidential election. Show More Summary

Pakistan is driving out 1.5m Afghan refugees

last weekNews : Daily Chart

WHEN the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, it triggered the largest refugee outflow since the second world war. For every year after until 2014, Afghanistan was the world’s biggest source of refugees. Most of those who fled crossed the border into Pakistan. Show More Summary

Staggering Statues: 7 Monumental Wonders of the Former Soviet Union

Nobody could ever accuse the Soviets of being too modest in the scale of their monuments and colossal sculptures, and they left no shortage of absolutely bonkers concrete and stone creations all over their former territories. In addition to their strange yet beautiful sculptural rural bus stops and all of abstract alien-like monuments they constructed in …

The Sryia (no big) peace deal

Ronald Reagan famously said of a nuclear agreement with the then Soviet Union that it was based on an attitude of 'trust, but verify'. Perhaps slightly contradictory but very realpolitik nonetheless. Thirty years later, Secretary ofShow More Summary

5 Fun Facts About 'Tetris'

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

In a new graphic novel, Box Brown tells the story of how Tetris made its way from the mind of a software engineer in the Soviet Union to becoming one of the most popular video games of all time. Tetris: The Games People Play comes out October 11.

How a defecting Soviet pilot showed the US the MiG-25 was a paper tiger

The Soviet Union's MiG-25 was a big, scary, high-speed fighter. That is, until Western governments got their hands on it, thanks to Soviet Flight Lieutenant Viktor Ivanovich Belenko. Continue reading How a defecting Soviet pilot showed...Show More Summary

Sam Iacobellis, Rockwell exec who led ambitious Cold War-era rollout of B-1 bombers, dies at 87

When President Reagan ordered 100 B-1 bombers built as fast as possible in the early 1980s to challenge the Soviet Union, he handed one of the toughest manufacturing assignments of the Cold War to a little-known engineer, Sam Iacobellis. Iacobellis, a gregarious, charming and energetic manager,...

Sam Iacobellis, Rockwell exec who led ambitious Cold War-era rollout of B-1 bombers, dies at 87

When President Reagan ordered 100 B-1 bombers built as fast as possible in the early 1980s to challenge the Soviet Union, he handed one of the toughest manufacturing assignments of the Cold War to a little-known engineer, Sam Iacobellis. Iacobellis, a gregarious, charming and energetic manager,...

The Future Belongs to Authoritarian States

After the great Western victory over the Soviet Union in 1991, many echoed Frances Fukiyama's view that the future belonged to liberal democratic states. And, much like after the Western victories in World War I and World War II, there...Show More Summary

Re-Writing History: Danish Textbook Shows Finland and Norway as Part of USSR

The Danish publishing house Lindhardt & Ringhof has made a historic mistake, accidentally making northern Norway and Finland part of the Soviet Union in its most recent textbook, which contains other substantial errors.

Putin: Japan once passed up chance to take back two disputed isles

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - The Soviet Union was ready to return to Japan two of the four Pacific islands that are the focus of a territorial dispute between Moscow and Tokyo, but Japan declined, leaving the row unresolved, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

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