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Cold War On Two Fronts Trailer: Pawn Sacrifice!

Bobby Fischer was a chess prodigy who became the youngest grandmaster in the history of the game. Always looking for the best competition – driven to find it, in fact – he publicly and loudly challenged the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky, the reigning world champion at the height of the Cold War. What most people … Continue reading Cold War On Two Fronts Trailer: Pawn Sacrifice! ?

Democrat Bernie Sanders: Don’t Need 23 Choices of Deodorant, 18 Choices of Sneakers

In 1985 Wendy’s released a hilarious television ad mocking the Soviet Union. The ad shows a Russian fashion show where the women all wear the same outfit. This represented the choice selection in a Communist regime. The ad ends with … Continue reading ?

'Pawn Sacrifice' Trailer Stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer

Legendary Chess champion Bobby Fischer challenges the Soviet Union in the first trailer for 'Pawn Sacrifice'.

The Soviet Union's fall led to an alarming nuclear failure that informs today's nuclear crisis

The collapse of the Soviet Union created one of the biggest security challenges of recent decades: The task of securing fissile material left unguarded after the empire's rapid collapse and transferring thousands of forward-deployed Soviet nuclear warheads to places where they would stay out of the wrong hands. Show More Summary

America Could Have Been One Giant Sweden -- Instead It Looks a Lot Like the Soviet Union

Instead of Scandinavian socialism, America looks a lot more like authoritarian regimes of the past -- and present. Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. Show More Summary

Putin isn't reviving the USSR — he's creating a fascist state

Russian President Vladimir Putin has memorably called the breakup of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics a tragedy, and that has led many to believe that he is hoping to restore the old USSR as he consolidates control within Russia and projects military power outward into Ukraine and beyond. Show More Summary

Russia to Sign Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for 46 MiG-29 Fighter Jets

Russia has agreed to deliver 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters to Egypt and is soon expected to sign a deal worth approximately $2 billion, what might become the largest order since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting a source close to the aviation industry.

So You Think Dance Emigrated Out Of The Old Soviet Union? Here Are The Treasures That Stayed

“For the past decade or so, the Russians have been rehabilitating works from the Stalinist era that brilliantly debunk the notion that Soviet ballet slept out the 20th century. And Yakobson is the ideal figure on whom to focus a corrected and expanded ballet history.”

The most embarrassing Russian military failures of all time

There are some projects that the Kremlin would love us to forget. The Russian military has long been a bogeyman for the West, with Cold War memories lingering even after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, over the years Russia'sShow More Summary

EU, ex-Soviet neighbors patch over rifts with eye on Russia

RIGA (Reuters) - Looking over their shoulders at Russia, the European Union and six former Soviet neighbors patched up their differences to renew vows of cooperation in the interests of peace and security at a summit on Friday.

The Sacrifice Is a Film About the End of the World

Clumsy expectations and misunderstandings smashing into reality. It helps, when watching the stunning catharsis of The Sacrifice, to know that the director Andrei Tarkovsky made it while in exile from the Soviet Union—and was dying, but didn't realize it yet. Show More Summary

German FM Supports Plan of Compensations to Soviet War Prisoners

Earlier local media reported that Germany's ruling block of Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), as well as Social Democratic Party, proposed to pay 10 million euros ($11 million) to former Soviet POWs under Nazi Germany.

Some Communists in Russia Are Turning to Christ

What do Vladimir Lenin, founder of the officially atheist Soviet Union, and Jesus Christ have in common? Not much, one would think. Yet according to Gennady Zyuganov, the veteran leader of Russia's modern-day Communist Party, both men...Show More Summary

Newswire: Veep’s Armando Iannucci to adapt graphic novel about Stalin

Armando Iannucci, the sweary mind who brought us The Thick Of It, In The Loop, and Veep, announced in March that he was taking his gift for curse words and political satire to the Soviet Union. At the time, he said only that it was “sort...Show More Summary

Falling to Earth: Is Russia's Space Industry Dying?

Morris Jones Space, Europe Problem: Russia has not launched anything beyond earth orbit since the fall of the USSR.  During the Cold War, the might of the Soviet Union's space program made the world tremble. Sputnik. Yuri Gagarin. The Salyut and Mir space stations. Show More Summary

How The Soviet Union Tracked People With "Spy Dust"

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The US started hearing about a substance that could be used to track the movements of any person who touches, or walks across, a contaminated surface. in 1963. It wasn’t until 1984 that they got a sample of the stuff. Read more...

Teens Crashing off Wall Memorial in Kiev May Be Released

A group of masked teens in Kiev broke a wall memorial in honor of Marshall of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov. All participants of the incident were taken to the local police department, Ukrainian Internal Ministry reports.

Underground Palace: 80th Anniversary of the Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro, the first underground railway system in the former Soviet Union, started running on May 15, 1935.

The Space Race's Best Conspiracy Theory: Sputnik 4 Was a Soviet Ghost Ship

Today is the 55th anniversary of the launch of Korabl Sputnik 1, or Sputnik 4, as it’s known in the West. This mission marks the first time the Soviet Union ever tested out its Vostok spacecraft, the vessel that would carry Yuri Gagarin into space less than a year later, making him as the first human ever to orbit the Earth. Show More Summary

For These Post-Soviet Nations, Big Oil Offers Hope and Fear

Mila Teshaieva documents the changing shoreline of countries facing big oil and forging new identities after the Soviet Union. The post For These Post-Soviet Nations, Big Oil Offers Hope and Fear appeared first on WIRED.

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