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NATO’s Forgotten First AK: The Madsen LAR

The Cold War is famous as the squaring off of two superpowers: The United States, and the Soviet Union, and their duel-by-proxy in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. The standard rifles of each side, as well, became proxies: On...Show More Summary

Long Before Helping Trump, Russia was Peddling Dangerous AIDS Conspiracies

5 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Out.com

Soviet Union Pushed 1980s Conspiracy That AIDS Was Caused By A Biological Weapons Experiment Targeting Gay Prisoners

Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Nazi Germany's Military

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

Would the capture of Moscow have altered the outcome of World War II? Moscow was more than the administrative capital of the Soviet Union: it was also a vital rail hub and production center. There was also the symbolic value: totalitarian dictators, like Hitler and Stalin, crafted images of themselves as all-knowing leaders of their nations.

Experimental Mosin-Nagant Rifle Chambered in 7.62x39mm

In the ’40s, the Soviet Union has developed its intermediate cartridge (7.62x39mm) and adopted a number of firearms chambered in this caliber – the Simonov self-loading rifle (SKS), Kalashnikov’s “avtomat” (AK-47) and Degtyaryov light machine gun (RPD). Show More Summary

10 places around the world where US influence has plummeted

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the US became the sole superpower on the world stage, and was able to take advantage of the vast global influence it had amassed since the late 19th century. But in recent years, this power has been...Show More Summary

Bloodbaths: These Are the 5 Most Horrific Wars in All of History

Kyle Mizokami Security, You can guess some of them--some will suprise you.  Unlike World War I, World War II was a truly global war with much of the fighting taking place in Asia and the Pacific. The Soviet Union lost an estimated 27 million military personnel and civilians, making it by far the country with the highest death toll. Show More Summary

Let Me Count the Ways of Making Borscht

Olia Hercules on her childhood memories of borscht in Ukraine and on the surprisingly many variations of the soup across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

How Vladimir Lenin Became a Mushroom

The world has its fair share of out-there conspiracy theories, but in the waning days of the Soviet Union, its citizens were introduced to one of the more ridiculous theories ever proposed: that, before he died, Vladimir I. Lenin had...Show More Summary

Irina Vorobyova_405 by Leonid Ll Soviet artist Irina Vorobyova...

Irina Vorobyova_405 by Leonid Ll Soviet artist Irina Vorobyova (7.09.1932-2.02.1993) – member of the Union of Artists of the USSR (1958) and Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1979). She developed multi-layer printing system with one board in the technique of colored engraving on cardboard, which is unique. Show More Summary

JOEL KOTKIN: Today’s Cities As Playgrounds For The Elites. “Cities today are about as politically …

JOEL KOTKIN: Today’s Cities As Playgrounds For The Elites. “Cities today are about as politically diverse as the former Soviet Union; they are increasingly dominated by ‘the civic Left,’ for which pragmatism and moderation represent weakness and compromise.... If the flight of moderate, middle-income homeowners continues, along with the growth in population […]

TKB-486: The First Soviet SMG Chambered in 9x18mm Makarov

In the early ’50s, small arms of the Soviet Union have been deeply modernized. The Kalashnikov’s “avtomat” along with its new cartridge was adopted and it was replacing the submachine guns and rifles in the service. The Makarov pistol was also just adopted and they have switched to the new 9x18mm Makarov cartridge. Show More Summary

The Real Story of How Russia or China Could Defeat America in an Air War

Dave Majumdar Security, Take out the tankers.  The original R-37 was originally developed by the Soviet Union to attack high-value NATO air assets such as the E-3 Sentry AWACS, E-8 JSTARS and RC-135V/W Rivet Joint. The idea was to use...Show More Summary

Thanksgiving 2017 - David Stockman Explains Why There Is No Peace On Earth

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, After the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989 and the death of the Soviet Union was confirmed two years later when Boris Yeltsin courageously stood down the red army tanks in front ofShow More Summary

Sputnik Ignited Fears That an Unprotected U.S. Would Be Annihilated From Space

2 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

When the Soviet Union launched its first satellite in 1957, a wave of fear swept across the US, where the public became convinced it was powerless against annihilation from space.

Lost violin stars of the Soviet Union

Everyone has heard of Milstein, Oistrakh, Kogan – the ones who made it. But what of Miron Polyakin, Busya Goldstein, Mikhail Finget, who were reputedly their equals?   A fascinating long essay by Grigoriy Kuperstayn (in Russian), with audio clips, here.      

How One Really Big Tank Helped Save Russia from Hitler Capturing Moscow

2 weeks agoNews : The Lookout

In the first six months of Operation Barbarossa, the brutal Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Panzer tanks overran hundreds of miles of Soviet territory and reached the outskirts of Moscow before winter weather and reinforcements from Siberia brought a halt to their advance. Show More Summary

How One Really Big Tank Helped Save Russia from Hitler Capturing Moscow

Sebastien Roblin History, Europe Stalin's secret weapon?  In the first six months of Operation Barbarossa, the brutal Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Panzer tanks overran hundreds of miles of Soviet territory and reached the outskirts of Moscow before winter weather and reinforcements from Siberia brought a halt to their advance. Show More Summary

U.S. Government Planned False Flag Attacks to Start War With Soviet Union, JFK Documents Show

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

"Such aircraft could be used...in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack US," a document reads.

The Russian gardening revolution: where the good life meets luxury

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

The winds of change are blowing in a new Russian Revolution that’s having a dramatic impact on some of the last vestiges of the Soviet Union and is making its mark in the UK, too. A people once ordered to dedicate any patches of soil they had to producing fruit and vegetables are now embracing the joys of gardening for pleasure. Show More Summary

Gorgeous Georgia: Tbilisi is terrific for a weekend away

Once a part of the Soviet Union, but now an increasingly accessible option for a weekend away on the very edge of Europe, Georgia has secrets to share. Gilly Pickup goes to find them.

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