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Slovakian hockey team mistakenly plays the Soviet national anthem for visiting Russian KHL team

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There are a lot of reasons to be critical of Russia these days, but the country that exists today is definitely not the Soviet Union of the past. (You can order the same drink at Starbucks in Moscow as you can in Washington, D.C.) With that in mind, it was a bit odd when the […]

Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was "useful idiots"...Show More Summary

Newly Translated Documents From The '80s Reveal The Peak Of The Soviet Union's Nuclear Fears

A stockpile of Soviet documents recently translated for the Wilson Center and dating from the '80s reveal new details about the Soviet Union's fear of possible nuclear conflict during the closing years of the Cold War. The documentsShow More Summary

Viktor Tikhonov, Soviet coach who lost in 'Miracle on Ice,' dies at 84

Viktor Tikhonov, the stern coach who led the Soviet Union's "Big Red Machine" to three Olympic gold medals and eight world championships but was on the losing side when Herb Brooks' American college kids pulled off the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games, died Sunday in...

The New World Order: Does It All Just Boil Down To A Battle For Your Soul?

Submitted by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com, From its very inception, the Leninist/Marxist ideology of the Soviet Union made it a central priority to dispel and subjugate religious and spiritual expression. The state was “god.” NoShow More Summary

On Russia's Ultra Nationalist Movement

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Via Vocativ: Russia’s numerous and varied ultra-nationalists groups have flourished since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They include groups who are anti-gay, anti-immigrant and pro-Hitler - and they have an enormous online following. Vocativ caught up with some of them at the annual “Russia March” in Moscow earlier this month. NOTE: Some images are not safe for work.

In Russia, early African American migrants found the good life

Growing up in the Soviet Union, Emilia Tynes-Mensah did the same things other children did. She read the classics of literary master Alexander Pushkin, listened to the symphonies of Peter Tchaikovsky and heard the propaganda that life here was better than anywhere else.

"Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia

When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation. At the same time, its corporations...

Are "We The People" Useful Idiots In The Digital Age?

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. Show More Summary

Chernobyl Tourism

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The Chernobyl power plant in the former Soviet Union was the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986. Almost three decades later, the abandoned town of Pripyat in Ukraine is a mecca for urban explorers, despite the fact that it’s still contaminated by radioactivity. Show More Summary

Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the start of the march toward freer markets in the former Soviet Union and socialist countries in Eastern Europe. The march towards liberty has not been without its detours and the regulatory threat from bureaucrats in Brussels looms large. Show More Summary

Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the start of the march toward freer markets in the former Soviet Union and socialist countries in Eastern Europe. The march towards liberty has not been without its detours and the regulatory threat from bureaucrats in Brussels looms large. Show More Summary

Democrats’ loss is not a win for Hillary Clinton

In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to

"Brink" of a New Cold War? Another Cold War Already Started? Is McCain Brain Dead?

Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Saturday that the Ukraine crisis had brought the world to the "Brink of a New Cold War". “The world is on the brink of a new cold war. Some say it has already begun,” said [Mikhail...Show More Summary

Democrats' loss is not a win for Hillary Clinton

In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is the New York Times. Obviously, it's...

Gorbachev Warns of US ‘Triumphalism’ and ‘New Cold War’ at 25th Anniversary of Fall of Soviet Union

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War.

CHARTS: How Capitalism Has Transformed Eastern Europe Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Sunday was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the most symbolic event marking the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the quarter of a century since the wall was knocked down, the political and economic systems in eastern...Show More Summary

'Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship Being Played'

Russian and NATO armed forces have been testing each other's air might since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. But in the past eight months alone, as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine mounted, 40 dangerous or sensitive incidents have been reported—a jump that puts engagement at Cold War...

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 1

(Steven Hayward) Today everyone is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—the signal event of the end of the Cold War. I find that students today, all born after the demise of the Soviet Union, have a hard time grasping the depth and vividness of the conflict. The Cold War might as well be the Boer War, and the Berlin Wall is as hazy as Hadrian’s Wall. It

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'The world is on the brink of a new Cold War.'

Speaking at a Saturday event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev said the West's "triumphalism" has pushed tensions between the world's major powers to dangerous heights. Show More Summary

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